Originally Posted by schmeek
How did this turn out? I read on another post the cherry and vanilla flavor came out a bit much. When did you add the syrup? I was thinking about adding it to secondary to preserve some flavor. Fresh market was charging $13/lb for dried cherries, so 1.5# for this beer gets pricey. I was thinking about trying a different fruit, and maybe some molasses instead. Either way I'd love to hear how your version came out.
Brewed this on 9/19/2014. Put in secondary w/ vanilla n cinnamon sticks on 10/15/14.
OG 1.089 FG 1.012
I subbed 2 lbs rehydrated cranberries for the cherries as the cost of the cherries was prohibitive.
Maple syrup added at 5 min.
The flavor going into the fermenter was a nice sweet medley of cranberries n maple syrup.
The flavor going into the secondary had scrubbed all the cranberry flavor out n tasted like hot maple syrup. I don't think you'll need to add maple to secondary as it was the dominating flavor thus far.
This brew will need time to mellow out the "hot" taste. I plan on leaving the vanilla n cinnamon for two weeks then bottle age, trying them just before Christmas to see if they are giftable.
An update will come again at bottling time.