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Old 10-02-2007, 03:26 AM   #11
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...the 10 minute addition...
You read my mind!

EDIT:
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:31 PM   #12
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I brewed this one last night as posted on my website. I got crap efficiency (probably laziness on my part), but I think it's gonna be a great beer. It's fermenting like crazy, and the sample I pulled tasted AWESOME. If the spruce tastes anything like I'm imagining, it will be a very welcome addition.

Thanks guys for the honest critiques! So far, this has the potential to be my best beer yet!


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Old 10-10-2007, 12:02 AM   #13
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I feel warm already! mmm.... tree....
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:14 AM   #14
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How about some fresh mint in the secondary to compliment the pine and make it more festive?


 
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:56 AM   #15
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How about some fresh mint in the secondary to compliment the pine and make it more festive?
Not really sure about that...I don't know if mint is going to be welcome in this one or not. I'll think about including this one in a brew swap to gather some opinions.

But...DRY YEAST KICKS ASS (again...the dry yeast thing). This beer is down to 1.018 after TWO DAYS! That's 8% ABV! It's still working, but slowed significantly. The aroma is distinctly pineapple (Simcoe), raisins, and caramel. I think the spruce is really going to work well with it. This one's gonna need a bit of time, though. The sample was pretty hot. Good thing there's a few months until Christmas (and the Secret Santa brew swap!).
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Old 10-11-2007, 05:17 AM   #16
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The sample was pretty hot. Good thing there's a few months until Christmas (and the Secret Santa brew swap!).
The mint will "cool" it down. It at least calls for a sample amount!


 
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Old 10-14-2007, 01:56 AM   #17
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So I dumped the trub after 4 days and added 1 oz of spruce essence. The bottle recommended 1 tsp per gallon of beer or the entire 2 oz bottle for 6-12 gallons of beer. I didn't want to overpower it, so I used just half the bottle as a starting point.

I sampled it today - 1 oz is PLENTY for 10 gallons! I could barely stand to drink the sample - it's quite harsh. From what I've read, spruce beers REALLY benefit from age. It's a high gravity recipe, so I was planning on aging it for a few months anyway. This beer really needs to mellow before I can even think about serving it.

Guess I'll RDWHAHB for now!
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Old 10-14-2007, 03:29 AM   #18
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After a few months in Canada I'm finally coming to accept beers flavoured with anything that grows. At a visit to a pub brewery recently I drank my first spruce beer. It was surprisingly good. It kind of reminded me of a white wine a friend of mine was into that was aged in pine casks. I guess the only similarity was that while the taste was completely unexpected it was a pleasant surprise.

I read a little about it and spruce extract seems to be the easy way to go compared to fresh ingredients. The beer I drank was made with extract. If you use spruce tips you need to get those in early spring so it's a few months early for that.

I'm interested in trying one so I'm keen to hear some future tasting notes Yuri Rage. By the sound of it maybe 1/2 oz extract might be a safer place to start.
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I'm interested in trying one so I'm keen to hear some future tasting notes Yuri Rage. By the sound of it maybe 1/2 oz extract might be a safer place to start.
Well, so far I'd have to agree. The pre-spruce flavor was a little hot with a heavy molasses note and an obvious Simcoe twang. It was definitely on its way to being a decent beer. Now, the spruce is strong and biting, making even a sip of the sample hard to swallow. I think I'm going straight to bottles with this one rather than kegging and force carbing. After a few months of bottle conditioning, perhaps it will mellow. I don't have high hopes, but I'm committed to seeing it through.
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Old 12-10-2007, 01:51 AM   #20
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I brewed this one two months ago today. I haven't tried it in well over a month. I was going to wait until Christmas to try one...but...should I???


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