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Old 10-25-2007, 03:07 AM   #1
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Anybody have a recipe for a homemade birch beer?

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Old 10-25-2007, 02:02 PM   #2
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If you are talking soda, there are extracts on the market that work well.

I did try using a birch beer extract to make an alcoholic version, based it on a Mild recipe. The wort tasted great, but once the sugar fermented out, I couldn't taste the birch at all. There was a slight aroma. I suspect back-sweetening would have helped.

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I know there are some good extracts out there, but I'd prefer to do one from scratch.

Haven't found anything that good on the internet yet.

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Sweet Birch (Betula lenta) Sweet Birch was used commercially in the past for production of oil of wintergreen to flavor medicines and candy before modern industrial synthesis; the tree's name reflects this scent of the shoots.

That should get you started.

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Old 11-05-2008, 02:41 AM   #5
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Measure 4 quarts of finely cut twigs of sweet birch into the bottom of a 5 gallon crock.

In a large kettle, stir 1 gallon of honey into 4 gallons birch sap and boil for 10 minutes, then pour over the chopped twigs. When cool, strain to remove the twigs and return to the crock.

Spread 1 cake of soft yeast on a slice of toasted rye bread and float on top of the beer. Cover with a cloth and let ferment until the cloudiness just starts to settle, about a week but it depends somewhat on the temperature.

Bottle the beer and cap tightly. Store in a dark place and serve it cold after the weather gets hot. It should stand in the bottles for about 3 months before using. If opened too soon, it will foam all over and pop worse than champagne.

THIS IS NOT A DRINK FOR CHILDREN:

SWEET BIRCH (Betula lenta) also called Black birch, Sweet birch or Cherry birch has fragrant bark and twigs that smells of wintergreen. The sap flows about a month later than maple and much faster than maple. You tap the trees the same as maple but must gather about 3 times as often.

The sap also can be boiled the same as maple but the syrup is much stronger, more like molasses.

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:19 PM   #6
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BIRCH BEER SODA

Boil 6 quarts water
Add 3 lbs honey,
1/2 inch brewers licorice,
1 cinnamon stick,
2 split vanilla bean,
1/4 teaspoon salt,
1 oz. chopped, Black Birch bark,
1 oz. Birch twigs,
1/2 cup molasses,
6 cups sugar,
1/8 tsp nutmeg,
Let boil for 1-1 1/2 hours. Turn off heat.
Add 1 oz. dried wintergreen,
10 quarts cold water (1-2 ratio)
Let cool to room temp. (60-95 degrees)
Sift through seive

Carbonation method 1: Add 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
Bottle into 4, 1 gallon plastic containers
Let stand at room temp for 3-5 days
Refridgerate for 5-7 days

Carbonation method 2: Bottle in 12 oz. glass bottles
Add 7 pieces of dry yeast
Cap and let stand at room temp for 3-5 days
Refridgerate for 5-7 days

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Thank you to those who posted these recipes, I've been wondering about Birch Beer. When I went to Canada as a youngster, it was available as a soft drink, but my Methodist-Prohibitionist step-parents wouldn't let us kids buy it because it said 'beer' on the label (same with root-beer) and they were tee-totalers.....

The only other recipe I could find was on Wikipedia -
"Alcoholic birch beer, in which the birch sap is fermented rather than reduced to an oil, has been known from at least the seventeenth century. The following recipe is from 1676:

To every Gallon whereof, add a pound of refined Sugar, and boyl it about a quarter or half an hour; then set it to cool, and add a very little Yest to it, and it will ferment, and thereby purge itself from that little dross the Liquor and Sugar can yield: then put it in a Barrel, and add thereto a small proportion of of Cinnamon and Mace bruised, about half an ounce of both to ten Gallons; then stop it very close, and about a month after bottle it; and in a few days you will have a most delicate brisk Wine of a flavor like unto Rhenish. Its Spirits are so volatile, that they are apt to break the Bottles, unless placed in a Refrigeratory, and when poured out, it gives a white head in the Glass. This Liquor is not of long duration, unless preserved very cool. Ale brewed of this Juice or Sap, is esteem'd very wholesome." -
Now all I gotta do is find some birch trees, and teach myself to tap them for the sap and boil it down and have some 'original' Birch Beer.

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