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  • Birch beer

    Has anyone tried to brew birch sap? I found a recipe I think I might try it someday.

    Measure 4 quarts of finely cut twigs of sweet birch into the bottom of a 5 gallon crock.

    In a large kettle, stir 1 gallon of honey into 4 gallons birch sap and boil for 10 minutes, then pour over the chopped twigs. When cool, strain to remove the twigs and return to the crock.

    Spread 1 cake of soft yeast on a slice of toasted rye bread and float on top of the beer. Cover with a cloth and let ferment until the cloudiness just starts to settle, about a week but it depends somewhat on the temperature.

    Bottle the beer and cap tightly. Store in a dark place and serve it cold after the weather gets hot. It should stand in the bottles for about 3 months before using. If opened too soon, it will foam all over and pop worse than champagne.

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,163,...226207,00.html
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  • #2
    How about birch syrup turned into candy? I really like maple sugar candies but have not seen any made from birch syrup.

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    • #3
      I imagine it could be made by further boiling down the pitch.

      As I recall, it takes 10 gallons of maple pitch to make 1 gallon of maple syrup, and 100 gallons of birch pitch to make 1 gallon of birch syrup. With the amount of wood or other fuel burned to make birch syrup, it is expensive stuff, and I imagine the folks making it wouldn't want to have to burn even more fuel to make the candies.

      But, I love maple sugar candies!
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      • #4
        I tried a similar recipe to your birch beer. It turned out very mild.

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