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Firstnten 07-31-2009 12:46 PM

Maple syrup
Anyone tried this in their cider?

I was at my LHS a few weeks ago and I was asking him about Fireside nutbrown ale which has a "different flavor" the guy at the store had made clones of this brewers beers and told me it was Maple syrup in this particular beer that gave the "different" flavor.

Leinenkugel's Seasonal Brew Fireside Nut Brown To Be Released In November - BeerAdvocate

I thought that this would taste really good in cider. So to make a long story short has anyone tried this and if so how did it taste.

KCPyrate 07-31-2009 02:53 PM

Tommyknocker makes a very good Maple Nut Brown Ale as well:Tommyknocker Breweries and Pubs

I haven't tried Maple in Cider yet but have thought about it before, I think it sounds great. Maybe priming with it to push the flavor?

RayInUT 08-01-2009 05:12 AM

I've never used it but I have read that you want to use grade B and not grade A in brewing. B is said to retain much more flavor than A. My sister in NY says you can buy it anywhere there but I can't find it in Utah. A friend of mine uses Aunt Jemima or something in his and I think it tastes phony like fake maple but he seems to like it. His porter that he used it in wouldn't carb either and I think the stuff he used might have had preservatives in it. Make sure you read the label.

brianwadley 08-05-2009 05:51 PM

A syrup like Aunt Jemima or Log Cabin is about 90% Corn Syrup. There is generally less than 7% actual maple syrup in any of those and most don't have any. If you read the label carefully, it should say maple flavor syrup. Any actual maple syrup will cost about 3-5x's per ounce that the standard store bough syrup does. You will need to look for 100% Maple Syrup on the label and in the west/southwest this can be found at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joes and many supermarkets.

The corn syrup in the Aunt Jemima's is probably what caused the "fake" taste and it will be loaded with preservatives. Ray, you are right, absolutely read the labels on aything you put in your brew. And remember that Maple Syrup has some unfermentable sugar in it, so it won't be as carbonated as a corn sugar or cane sugar primer.

david_42 08-05-2009 08:23 PM

Maple needs some sweetness. A dry cider wouldn't work. If you back-sweeten, then okay.

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