Maple Sap/Syrup Beer - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Maple Sap/Syrup Beer

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-24-2008, 03:36 PM   #1
eschatz
 
eschatz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Terre Haute, IN
Posts: 3,434
Liked 35 Times on 19 Posts



my friend has 5 gal of sap and one pint of syrup that his family makes. Tell me what you think.

5 gal of sap instead of water
1 pint of maple syrup
4 # of DME
Nottinghams Ale Dry yeast
2 oz of Tettenanger

Special grains:
i really dont know. I guess i'll use about 12 oz of Crystal 80L. probably about 4 oz of Chocolate. I dont know what else to use. Someone give me some info on what the hell i'm making. I guess this is kinda like a maple mild brown. i'm not sure on the style points. all i know is that it'll make beer!
__________________
play the bass, brew the beer

What's tappening? :D

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 09:39 PM   #2
vtchuck
 
vtchuck's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
People's Republic of Vermont
Posts: 297
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


From the sap and syrup in the boil. You might try priming your bottles with the syrup... 1 cup (added to 1 boiling cup water) for 5 gallons and use the darkest syrup you have (B grade or Dark Amber). More of the maple flavor will survive with priming than boiling.

YMMV
__________________
--------------------------------------------------------------
"I used to have a drinking problem, now I have a hobby."

Primary: Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Spiced Cider
Secondary: MVP Ale
In the Bottles: Maple Sap Mead
In the Kegerators: MVP Ale, Pils
Next: ?


 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 09:42 PM   #3
Blender
 
Blender's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2006
Santa Cruz, CA.
Posts: 3,106
Liked 8 Times on 5 Posts


I have not seen to many maple sap recipes so be patient someone may come along.............eventually Is maple sap as thick and sticky and pine tree sap? What happens to it when heated and have you ever boiled it?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 10:16 PM   #4
RadicalEd
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Posts: 737
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


Maple sap is very thin; maple syrup is boiled down sap. It takes quite a bit of sap to make a little syrup.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 04:07 AM   #5
HP_Lovecraft
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 196
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


I read something in the "Joy of Homebrewing" by Papazian that he liked to substitute 1-2 gallons of water for equal amounts of Maple sap when it is in season.

I thought to myself, 1-2 gallons makes... how much maple syrup? a tablespoon? I don't see how it could hurt though.

nick

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 04:21 AM   #6
c.n.budz
 
c.n.budz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Pistol Wavin' New Haven, for now...
Posts: 3,093
Liked 41 Times on 28 Posts


That's weird... I'd never heard of brewing with sap until I found this on CL about 15 minutes before seeing this thread....
__________________
Knucklehead Brewery, Est. 2007

Always do sober what you do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. -Ernest Hemingway

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 04:40 AM   #7
Cambo
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Posts: 10

I recently made a maple wine with 3L of maple syrup, brown sugar, and a lemon. What I learned is that maple is a very strong flavour, and that maple derivatives have a higher sugar content than you think. My maple wine came out quite strong, but with plenty of sugar left over to be sweet. Granted, you're using highly diluted syrup, but don't underestimate the maple; it is a very strong flavour. It sounds like it could be tasty if you use the right grains. My intution suggests making something dark, or perhaps a cream ale.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 10:40 PM   #8
vtchuck
 
vtchuck's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
People's Republic of Vermont
Posts: 297
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


I have friends who have brewed with maple sap and I have tasted their brews. IMHO, the results are unimpressive. Because of those results I have been dissuaded from trying a sap beer Maybe its something about the boiling of the wort and / or fermentation, but little of the maple flavor remains. To get significant maple flavor you'll need at least a gallon of dark syrup (at ~ $40).

Go ahead and use the sap, but try my suggestion of using dark syrup to prime your bottles. It works. I made a tasty extract porter last spring that had more maple flavor than sap beers.

Or you might try pure maple extract (not maple flavor extract) added much like vanilla extract (end of boil and additional in secondary to taste)

YMMV
__________________
--------------------------------------------------------------
"I used to have a drinking problem, now I have a hobby."

Primary: Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Spiced Cider
Secondary: MVP Ale
In the Bottles: Maple Sap Mead
In the Kegerators: MVP Ale, Pils
Next: ?


 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 11:01 PM   #9
eschatz
 
eschatz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Terre Haute, IN
Posts: 3,434
Liked 35 Times on 19 Posts


yeah, i think you're all right. i didnt get much maple flavor when i tasted the wort before primary. so i think i'll add a pint to the secondary and if that's not enough when i taste it at the bottling i'll add it to the bottles and condition as such. who know what could happen with this stuff! : )
__________________
play the bass, brew the beer

What's tappening? :D

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2008, 07:37 AM   #10
sipNswirl
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Ucluelet, BC
Posts: 65
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


because of the volume of sap you need to make syrup it's unlikely you'll get any intense maple flavour...but it's not tap water and it's gotta taste better than chlorine and fluoride. i say thats a great way to brew everyday!

AgingHopster Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
maple Syrup Firstnten Cider Forum 6 10-17-2009 01:14 PM
Sugar Free Maple Syrup in beer?? pgenius Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 03-20-2009 03:11 AM
Maple Syrup! mr_goodwrench Cooking & Pairing 8 10-17-2008 12:22 PM
Maple Syrup? fat x nub Recipes/Ingredients 7 08-07-2008 09:01 PM
maple syrup ireland74 General Techniques 7 12-11-2007 09:31 PM


Forum Jump