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Old 06-10-2010, 03:52 PM   #11
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Just cracked my test bottle open, there's a little lack of carbonation but it'll be there in a few days. It smells great, lots of Piney/Woodsey aroma, and tastes just the same. It's an amber colored beer about 14SRM. I used WLP041 Pacific Ale and it gives this beer a light malty backbone, that brings the Spruce Flavor out nicely. I'll definitely make this again!


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Old 06-11-2010, 12:41 AM   #12
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wyzazz, would you mind sharing out your recipe so we can compare to the one that was posted at the start of the thread?

These are my brew notes for the batch I made with spruce extract:

7lbs dark LME (60 min)
2oz Northern Brewer (60 min)
1oz Norther Brewer (15 min)
1lb honey (0 min)
1pkg safale us-05
2.5 tsps of spruce extract (keg\bottle)
->Directions called for 1tsp\gallon, but that would have been way too much

OG: 1.052 @ 78F
FG: 1.014 @ 68F

Here's what I'm planning on brewing up this weekend with fresh spruce tips:

1.5lbs Crystal 80L (Steeping)
5lbs DME (60 min)
2oz willamette (60 min)
2oz spruce tips (60 min)
2oz spruce tips (30 min)
1oz spruce tips (15 min)
1oz spruce tips (0 min)
2lbs honey (0 min)
1pkg Nottingham

"The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" has 4oz of tips for 60 minutes, so I was thinking about kicking it up a bit with 6oz across the boil. Any thoughts?


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Old 06-11-2010, 12:53 AM   #13
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Here's the one I used, if you want to go AG then substitute the DME for 10lbs of 2-row.

SpruceBrau

Boil Volume: 6.55 gal Boil Time: 60 min

6 lbs DME Pilsen Light (Briess)
2 lbs Caramel Malt - 60L (Briess) (60.0 SRM)
5.00 oz Spruce Tips (Secondary 7.0 days) Misc
5.00 oz Spruce Tips (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
5.00 oz Spruce Tips (Boil 60.0 min) Misc

White Labs #WLP041

Measured Original Gravity: 1.060 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Estimated Color: 14.1 SRM
Actual Alcohol by Volume: 5.87 %
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Here's the one I used, if you want to go AG then substitute the DME for 10lbs of 2-row.

SpruceBrau

Boil Volume: 6.55 gal Boil Time: 60 min

6 lbs DME Pilsen Light (Briess)
2 lbs Caramel Malt - 60L (Briess) (60.0 SRM)
5.00 oz Spruce Tips (Secondary 7.0 days) Misc
5.00 oz Spruce Tips (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
5.00 oz Spruce Tips (Boil 60.0 min) Misc

White Labs #WLP041

Measured Original Gravity: 1.060 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Estimated Color: 14.1 SRM
Actual Alcohol by Volume: 5.87 %
With no hops how is the balance? Do the spruce tips lend enough flavor?
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:20 PM   #15
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With no hops how is the balance? Do the spruce tips lend enough flavor?
The spruce tips lend a TON of flavor & aroma, you can smell them as soon as you pop open a bottle!
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:04 PM   #16
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Wowity wow wow wow. Just pulled a sample from the primary after a week and the beer has a very nice spruce finish- not piney at all and it reminds me of the finish on Alaskan's Winter Spruce. I changed the recipe a bit from what I originally posted by using two spruce additions:

1.5lbs Crystal 80L (Steeping)
3lbs DME (60 min)
1oz willamette (60 min)
5oz new spruce growth (60 min)
3oz new spruce growth (20 min)
1oz willamette (20 min)
2lbs DME (0 min)
1lb honey (0 min)
8oz washed Pacman yeast slurry

OG 1.052 @ 78F
FG 1.011 @ 68F

I'm going to go out today and see if I can conjure up another 1lb of spruce tips to store in the freezer. Last week l was able to find a few trees with really young tips that had a nice flavor- very soft and almost neon yellow, and hopefully I can find a few more .


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