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klawdawg 01-22-2012 08:41 AM

Maple Bacon Beer?
Trying to come up with a bacon maple porter. Any suggestions on this? Thinking on baking the bacon in oven and dry hopping with it. For the maple part, using a syrup addition or smoking grain over maple? Anyone tried this?

ETCS 01-22-2012 09:18 AM

I just saw this article on the NB website yesterday, I'm going to give this a try.

Maple Syrup Coffee Bacon Beer - Northern Brewer

and here is the recipe:

Bacon Beer Part 2 - Northern Brewer

Cheers :mug:

PassionForThePint 01-22-2012 12:04 PM

jkaylor, thanks for sharing those links. I think I'm going to have to give it try also.

HopHoarder 12-05-2012 02:15 AM

I'm thinking of trying a 6 litre or so experiment. I'm instead going to use the Hormel crumbled bacon as I would think it would be leaner as far as bacon is concerned than just frying or baking my own. I'll add it to the last 10 minutes of the boil.

chuckstout 12-05-2012 03:53 AM

Maybe just use real maple and hickory smoked malt

Ash_Mathew 12-05-2012 06:50 AM

What about adding those bacon bits like you put on salads? Could add it when adding your hops.

It may sound strange, but do you guys have Bovril? I had a pint a couple of months ago and it was strangely quite meaty in flavour. It also looked just like stout. I was thinking about adding it into one of mine to see what it is like. If you have it or something similar, maybe you could try it?

HopHoarder 12-05-2012 10:00 AM

That hormel stuff is basically bacon bits. Bovril is I believe artificially flavoured but here in Canada at least we have a natural paste called "better than boullion" which comes in several different flavours (not bacon unfortunately). Never really thought about beef chicken or turkey beer.

Ash_Mathew 12-05-2012 02:37 PM

What about using something like Marmite instead, then? I think here Bovril is natural, but I would need to look into it to confirm.

I have a brewing book with quite a lot of strange recipes in it, one of them is "Cock ale" and says you should put in the bones, skin and neck of a roasted chicken in. Not tried it myself, but I would just substitute that with a Knor chicken stock cube. Haha When I get home I will look the ingredients up in the book for you and post then on here. Something different.

HopHoarder 12-05-2012 05:05 PM

For me though I want to say that I actually used real bacon for my beer.

Ash_Mathew 12-05-2012 06:01 PM

Maybe just chop some up and throw it into the boil? Then just filter the wort though a muslin cloth to remove it. It will cook it in the boil so it won't do any damage to you. But it should release some flavour too. One of my old bosses used to make flavoured vodka, she tried it with bacon and said it didn't work. Still, worth a try though. Experimenting is what it is all about. :)

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