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Old 10-02-2007, 02:36 AM   #1
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Default Wood Spar Warmer - Critique!

I wanted a winter warmer that's a touch on the dark side with some spruce notes. Here's the recipe link - what do ya think?

http://yuri.rage.googlepages.com/ws_warmer_ag.htm

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Old 10-02-2007, 02:43 AM   #2
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The base recipe looks fine. Never tried the spruce extract so can't comment on that. I'm think toilet cleaner smell.


How about a little rosemary in it,

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Old 10-02-2007, 02:45 AM   #3
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I've never used it either, but supposedly Alaskan Winter Ale uses spruce tips (the fresh counterpart to the extract I want to use), and I really like that one.

I considered juniper as well, but I think one "pine" flavored ingredient is probably enough.

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Old 10-02-2007, 02:48 AM   #4
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Sounds good. Especially if you know you'll like it.

I'd be tempted to add it a kegging or bottling time. I don't think you'd gain anything from adding it during the boil or ferment.

I think I'd me tempted to knock back on the hops.

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The instructions say precisely that.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...roducts_id=504

Thanks for the quick response, orfy!

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Old 10-02-2007, 02:55 AM   #6
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No problem, I can't sleep. It's 4am here.

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...tempted to knock back on the hops.
Was kinda thinking that myself...it's gonna be really malty, but I'm guessing the spruce will help bitter it up.
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:59 AM   #8
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What about some kind of piney flavor-hop addition? Like at five minutes? Perhaps using something like Chinook instead of Warrior for bittering, and doing a small addition at the end?

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Hmm...interesting idea - I've got Warrior, Simcoe, and Amarillo on hand.

Maybe a little Simcoe love...

EDIT:
1 oz Warrior @ 60 mins
1 oz Simcoe @ 10 mins
26 IBUs

Perhaps?

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Simcoe would work. I like the 10 minute addition, too - that should leave the spruce extract predominant on the nose, but you'll have some woodsy, piney hop flavor to help cut through the malt and complement the spruce.

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