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Old 10-05-2013, 05:54 AM   #1
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I'm new to these forums and fairly new to home brewing so this may be a silly question. So, there's a home brew aisle at the grocery store near where I live. I like to go there sometimes if I need something and can't make it to the LHBS. Anyway, they have these bags of stuff labeled "Schnapps Base." Obviously it's used in making schnapps, but what is it? Is it just some sort of simple sugar? What do you think it tastes like? And would there be any good way to incorporate it into a beer recipe? I've never been much of a schnapps drinker, but this stuff is cheap and it's there and I can't seem to shake nagging curiosity from my mind. I've found the product for sale on line, but I don't feel it really answers my question. I'm also wondering if it could be a good replacement for corn sugar, since I can only find that at my LHBS, (as far as I know).

P.S. I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this post. So, sorry if it is not.

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Old 10-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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This is the same stuff they have at store I was talking about. I guess it kinda explains what it is in the description, but I'm still curious about it.

http://www.homebrewing.org/Still-Spi...se_p_2553.html

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it basically looks like just a simple sugar. I would not replace corn sugar with it, personally.

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Do you think it could be used in a beer recipe or should I just stick to beer ingredients?

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it'd ferment out, probably won't contribute anything to flavor, and thin out your recipe. I'd just stick to the beer ingredients. but that's some good "outside the box" thinking! you brewing extract with specialty grains, partial mash, BIAB, all grain?

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I've done partial, extract, and BIAB. I like doing BIAB when I do 5 gallon batches, but I like doing 1 gallon batches for kicks and just to experiment with stuff. I've only been home brewing for a little less than a year, and I've found this site to be extremely helpful. So, thanks for the info!

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Since they describe it as an alternative to liquid glucose, it's likely just plain ol' sugar. (You have to consider that schnapps have some kind of fruit and/or herbs added for flavor.)

If you added it to beer, it would boost alcohol and lighten the body, but probably not much more than that. If used sparingly, I bet you could slip some into an extract batch and get away with it.

Although, I do wonder why it would be labeled differently than corn sugar?

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That's kinda what I was thinking. Thanks for your help!

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Maybe I'll just pick some up sometime and mess around with it.

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