Originally Posted by bkov
. I know a lot of people claim sugar will give off-flavors like a cidery taste but this has been proven as just a myth. Most people look down as sugar in a recipe as evil but never even tried it much in brews
Who has proven it a myth? While I agree that some who look down on it probably haven't tried it, I can tell you that I've tried it and for me it's been proven to be true - I have made several brews with sugar/corn sugar/booster and if I use a lot of sugars in the recipe, the beer will have a cider taste to some degree. How much depends on the recipe and how much sugar. From my experience, the cider taste was most noticeable in lighter bodied beers that used more than 25% simple sugars in the recipe, in a stronger flavored beer it was less noticeable. I don't believe that any amount of sugar will make beer taste bad, but I know that I can taste it above a certain level.
I encourage you to go ahead with your experiment, because first hand knowledge will be more valuable to you than other people's opinions. I would be interested to see what you come up with.