So after a dozen or so all grain batches with excellent results, I dove into the unknown again. I have been consistently brewing my own recipes with success...and then I get a phone call from my buddy Fred. Fred says "Hey Iv'e been tapping birch trees on my property and I have a spare 10 gallons of sap. Can you make beer with it?" I says sure I can.
Fred brings over 10 gallons of sap. I had toasted 2 pounds of grain the night before hand planning on brewing an IPA and I had a fresh bag of 2 row in the pantry.
Here is the recipe:
9# 2 row
2# toasted 2 row (soaked for 1 hr in water and toasted for 2 hrs at 350)
.5 oz Magnum 14%AA @60
1 oz Cascade 7.2AA @20
1tsp Irish Moss @20
1 pint birch syrup (Reduced from 10 gallons that he brought over for pancakes.) @20
1 oz spruce tips @20
1oz cascade @7
Dry hop with 1oz Cascade
Mashed in 154deg with birch sap.
double batch sparge, 7 gallons pre boil.
60 min boil to 5.5 gal
Hit temps perfect ended up with 1.064 OG
expecting to finish around 1.018-1.020, but not sure what to expect from the birch syrup.
This stuff smelled like a walk in the woods on a spring day, hope I didnt over do it with the spruce tips. I'll let you know how this turns out. The hydro sample was fantastic.