More maple ?'s Have you succeeded in making a maple beer?
Has anyone succeeded in making a truly good maple beer? This question seems to be more contentuous than "what motoroil to use in a motorcycle?" or "can dirt be made into biodiesel?" or "Does God exist and what is his address?" on other forums I read. How, when and what Maple syrup to use? This is about as straight as I can get the picture:
Priming with Maple Syrup: Some flavor, under over carbing of bottles, sometimes too sweet.
Gallon in the secondary: Little maple flavor, mixing problems at times
Gallon in the primary: Maple wine with little maple flavor as it ferments out dry
Gallon in last 15-20 mins of boil: Super dry beer again with almost non existent maple flavor
Fenugreek: Supposed maple flavored herb where no one seems to have definitive results of end products having used this.
Grade B seems to be the standard "what to use" and I am thinking of using it in the secondary of an Oatmeal Stout that bubbles away on day 4 of primary. Finding it is a more difficult prospect than I imagined :rolleyes:.
So has anyone succeeded with a maple beer and how did you do it? Did you get the balance of good Maple flavor at the right sweetness?
A long time ago I added a bottle (12 or 16 Ounce) Grade B Dark Maple to a 5 Gallon California Common kit. The batch is now about 1.5 years old and it is delicious. A nice woody note in the finish and a little dry.
Maple is good but, it may need some time.
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