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Hibiscus mead changed color after adding yeast nutrient

Hibiscus contains hydroxycitric acid. I suspect it had a reaction to metal elements in the yeast nutrient. The product looks like iron chloride in solution to me.
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What malt should I use to get a red beer?

In first place it's very hard to get a blood-red beer. The beers that are said to be red are actually ruby, copper or reddish brown in color. Just to make it clear because you are probably aware of ...
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What can cause color loss in a finished beer?

I've been brewing for 10+ years so the answer I give will be based upon experience. I have often seen beer to lighten in colour to some extent and have generally attributed this to the settling of ...
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Issues with the colour / clarity of my brew

As far as my intuition goes, the color is just as I would expect. Might be a bit more red, but within my expectations all right. You used not-so-pale pale malts, and a bit of amber, so you couldn't ...
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Rhubarb wine colour lost after additives introduced

My initial guess was the Campden tablet's SO2 was the culprit and hunting around for similar stories I found this on a home brew forum: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=267418 ...
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What malt should I use to get a red beer?

All those answers above used to be the way to go. Since then, Best Malz has introduced Red X malt. It gives you the reddest color I've ever seen, especially if you use it as 100% of your grist.
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Can I change the color to my beer to an arbitrary color?

I made a purple beer using purple corn. Try between 7 to 10 ears of corn per 5 gallon brew.
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Is it normal for my fermenting ale pails to be discolored?

You shouldn't scrub plastic - it will scratch it, which leaves small spaces for micro-organisms to grow, which are subsequently even harder to clean away. Instead, get a cleaner such as PBW or ...
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How to get a feel for the numbers involved in brewing

To expand on my comment above: For most homebrewers, unless you're willing to drop some serious money on lab equipment, your measurements will be mostly limited to weights, volumes and specific ...
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Beer color - Calculating MCU

The volume to use is the final volume you are aiming for in the fermenter; yes the post boil volume. Lovibond -> SRM °L = (SRM + 0.76) ÷ 1.3546
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Hibiscus mead changed color after adding yeast nutrient

I have found that the colour of Hybiscus is pH sensitive. At low pH it is red and at higher pH it will turn purple.
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Different appearence of liqueur after aging

Most likely, contamination has turned your second bottle greenish.
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Why is a fermented sugar wash white and opaque?

I am guessing it’s the tartaric acid has an ion charge that holds it in suspension and that something about the ginger root was the flocculant that bound with it allowed it to drop out.
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Hibiscus mead changed color after adding yeast nutrient

Your nutrient contained phosphate. Most phosphate compounds (besides phosphoric acid and ammonium phosphate) are insoluble. Part of what happened is the phosphate reacting chemically with other ions ...
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Rhubarb wine colour lost after additives introduced

I performed my first rack on some muscadine wine. I had 5 Camden tablets crushed and diluted in jug #2. Jug #1's content was deep pink. The content in the siphon line was pink. As soon as the wine ...
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Is it normal for my fermenting ale pails to be discolored?

Iodine based sanitizers may also stain your plastic equipment. My recommendation: Leave the bucket outside in the sun for a few hours, then smell the inside. if the inside has any aromas then you ...
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Pomegranate wine colour?

Did you consider the size difference of the container(s) the pictured? Homebrew will appear lighter in a smaller container and darker if shown in a large container. For example, a 3 gallon carboy ...
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What malt should I use to get a red beer?

Red X malt may give you that red color you're looking for, but it is way too malty,IMO. I've tried it in multiple quantities, from the whole base malt, to a few pounds of the grist, to a few ounces ...
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