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Old 05-02-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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in the interest of brew history; the spruce tips are out here and that got me thinking spruce beer! i will eventually make a molasses/spruce beer, but just want to try out a spruce beer to see about the flavor without the molasses mucking anything up...anyway while perusing JHB, charlie has a kumdis island spruce beer. it calls for breiss CBW traditional dark syrup, i cant seem to find that particular brand,
do the gurus know of a substitution i could make for that brand of syrup?


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Is it hopped or unhopped? You could use another brand of hopped/unhopped dark LME and sub that. Ideally I would suggest using pale extract and adding your own steeping grain and hops, that will give you more control over the outcome. Hope that helps, good luck.
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When I live in Oregon I often enjoyed this Spruce Ale from Siletz Brewing:

It has a pretty bad rating on RateBeer, mainly folks complaining about infected bottles. I'm surprised. 6 years ago, I had several very good bottles of this without any bad ones. It is a lighter spruce ale. The only other commercial beer with spruce tips i've had is Alaskan Winter Ale, but I'd like to make something more summer-y.

Maybe a pale ale with some wheat DME and some steeped malted wheat? I'd like to make a spruce summer ale, and i wonder if the spruce and wheat would play nicely.
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