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Old 11-30-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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I'm brewing a normal bitter later today. The recipe came from Zymurgy magazine from several years ago and calls for 3 oz of table sugar. I'm not sure I really want to put table sugar in my beer and thought I'd use cane sugar instead, then had the idea to use a really good quality maple syrup. I realize that maple syrup isn't English, but if the syrup imparts any of the maple flavor into the beer, I'm imagining it will be good.

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Old 11-30-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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If you like the maple flavour I guess it would be worth a try. Can't say I'd be too keen. Do you any muscavado or other dark sugars available.

In the future you could try an invert syrup which would be more traditional and pretty common in UK commercial recipes. I've been using Lyles Golden syrup in my last few batches, has a nice caramel toffee taste. Its half invert sugar. If you're homebrew shop doesn't sell it try searching out a local british grocer, should be loads in Florida. Its a common syrup that people put on their porridge or use for baking in the UK (treacle tarts are the classic recipe made with it).

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Thanks... good advice.

I wasn't able to find anything better than Aunt Jamima at the Winn Dixie, so I ended up buying granulated cane sugar. I did see Lyles Golden syrup listed as an ingredient in some recipes for English beer. I'll give that a try next time.

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I am confused about the difference between table sugar and cane sugar. Isn't C & H sugar 100% cane sugar?

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I am confused about the difference between table sugar and cane sugar. Isn't C & H sugar 100% cane sugar?
Don't know... don't care. That's what I used.
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I'm fairly sure my question wasn't assaultive. Is your reply meant to be?

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I'm fairly sure my question wasn't assaultive. Is your reply meant to be?
Not at all.
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