Here's the big idea - tap the neighbor's massive maple tree and harvest the sap.? Then use the sap INSTEAD of water to make beer.? The beer needs to be a slight thing to get some of the maple character to come through.? Soooo how about a cream ale?? I used Pearle hops and an all-grain recipe with all malt rather than using corn or rice adjuncts.?
When you make beer with maple sap, you don't get pancake maple syrup, instead you get a slightly woody spicy character.? So this beer was a success and failure.? We did get some extra alcohol from the maple sap, but the taste was not what people expected.?