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Old 05-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #121
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thanks guys. after looking at some more pictures, i believe it could be, duh, redwood. i'll collect some more tips and get some better daytime pictures

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Old 05-24-2012, 07:33 PM   #122
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thanks guys. after looking at some more pictures, i believe it could be, duh, redwood. i'll collect some more tips and get some better daytime pictures
That could certainly be the case, Redwood looks very similar to what you picked.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:04 PM   #123
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That could certainly be the case, Redwood looks very similar to what you picked.
Any idea if redwood tips could be used?
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:37 PM   #124
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:43 AM   #125
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Any idea if redwood tips could be used?

redwood does not have even a little of the aroma that a spruce does. i was a tree trimmer for a few years out here in CA and have smelled tons of redwood being sawn down or trimmed.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:00 PM   #126
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those are redwood tips. there are lots of spruce in the bay area, look in your neighborhood and i bet you will find some. they have an almost blue/green hue and the needles are longer and pointier than the redwood needle.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:48 PM   #127
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i've been looking! i bike close to 100 miles/week and much of it unique. if you could point me to a particular park or anything that would be awesome.

i even contacted a nursery in santa rosa and asked if i could pay to collect clippings and they turned me down.

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Old 05-26-2012, 07:44 AM   #128
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got one!

i finally spotted this in a neighborhood on the way to, of all places, the homebrew store. i returned on the way home with my grain, chinook hops, yeast and soon 13oz of spruce tips all crammed into a backpack.

the lady living there was incredibly nice and seemed excited when i explained my purpose. she said she was planning to do her first homebrew soon, too! someone had gotten her a kit and she hadn't begun - i hope this inspires her to start.

thanks everyone for your IDing help and encouragement. i just spent the last several hours making 12 oz teas replicating mashing and added agave nectar to hit the planned OG. i would peel a small taste off and then boil the rest with another scaled ounce of tips, correcting the eventual gravity before sampling. my very primitive results suggest that, yes, a structured "hopping" schedule yielded the most interesting and most pleasant flavor. the harsh pine flavors melted and sit on top of the malt very, very well.

this should be a good one!





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Old 09-02-2012, 11:46 PM   #129
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Pardon me for reviving an old thread, but reading 13 pages of this has gotten me interested in making a spruce beer. I've been wanting to make an old ale and innoculate it with brett in secondary. I'm thinking spruce tips might work well with this beer. I sketched out a rough recipe for this. I want to know what you guys think and if spruce tips would work for this.

5.5 gallons

Marris Otter - 80%
Flaked Barley - 6%
Crystal 40 - 6%
Special B - 3%
Brown malt - 5%

1.5 oz Fuggles at 90M
6 oz Spruce tips at 30M

OG would be about 1.075. IBU without the spruce tips would be about 20.

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:09 PM   #130
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Those of you who used only spruce/pine/etc. and NO hops, have you had any shelf life issues with the finished beer?

I have two giant eastern hemlocks in my yard. I haven't been able to taste the new tips yet, but the older needles are GREAT! Earthy, slightly bitter, slightly citrusy, and a touch of pine. I want to use nothing but needles in a small batch, but I'm unsure of the preservative effect.

Several sites do claim it has antiseptic properties, so maybe a small test SMaSH is in order.

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