Originally Posted by Naturallight16oz
How about real sugarcane, can i use this in brewing? I work on a sugar farm.
I've brewed with raw, fresh pressed juice my Uncle grows for his personal cane syrup supply. He has kindly supplied the juice in exchange for an hour or two swinging cane knife. I have used the syrup several times with excellent results, so I was interested to try the juice. It is a green-brown color with a taste best described a very sweet herbal tea with a distinct grassy, vegital note. The gravity clocked in around 1.062.
First batch was an experiment, split into three. One with plain white sugar, One with the syrup, last with the juice, all figured for equal amounts of sugar. There was no discernible difference between the plain sugar and juice. I suspected the aromatics might have been blown off in fermentation.
I made a Saison and wheat beer, and added the juice to secondary in both. Honestly, there was no noticeable character that you could say came from the juice. It is either extremely volatile, or the herbal, vegital flavors just blend in with the hops.
It was a nice conversation point, though. Give it a shot and see if you get better results.