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Old 09-27-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ever "spruce" up a winter warmer?

I recently had a bottle of Yard's Tavern Spruce and found it to be an exceptional brew. Thought maybe I'd try adding spruce to a winter warmer. Has anyone here ever tried this?


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Old 09-27-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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Not really a winter warmer but I spruced a 10% abv Belgian golden strong ale. It was great but it took a long time for the spruce to shine and the alcoholic hotness to mellow. And I only used a half bottle of spruce essence, If I do it again I would add a full bottle. I think it would be awesome in a winter warmer.


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Old 09-27-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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Fresh spruce tips are really expensive @ $25.99 for 8oz. but I think the results might be worth it.
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Wow, where do you live? If you're in the right place you may find them wild when they are in season. I know I can't, pine is about the only coniferous tree around here.

pine tips may be interesting
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Dang, at 25.99/ half lb I should get into the business

A spruced beer is on my list for next spring when our white spruces having new growth. It doesn't sound like a good summer beer though, so maybe I would brew it in August into a winter warmer for December-March consumption. Guess that means I would freeze the spruce tips from June through August.

We have tons of small spruces on our property, so getting some won't be an issue. Most areas should have access to spruces I would think.
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Wow, where do you live? If you're in the right place you may find them wild when they are in season. I know I can't, pine is about the only coniferous tree around here.

pine tips may be interesting
I live in Pennsylvania so there are plenty of coniferous trees around but I think the tips should be harvested in May.
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I made a spruce beer this spring with fresh tips. I'm thinking I used 13.4 oz for 12 gallons. It has taken some time to mellow. I couldn't even drink the hydro samples I pulled. Now It actually tastes good. I haven't had one in a while. I'm hoping it continues to get better. I might try this again using a barrel in the spring. I doubt I'd pay 25 for fresh tips though.
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I'm motivated now so I may make the investment but next spring I'll be harvesting my own and solbes and I are going to start a spruce tip business.
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I did forget to say how the tips clogged my dip tube. A royal pain. I'd use some sort of hop bag or filter. It wasn't fun trying to get it unplugged.
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I made a spruce beer this spring with fresh tips. I'm thinking I used 13.4 oz for 12 gallons. It has taken some time to mellow. I couldn't even drink the hydro samples I pulled. Now It actually tastes good. I haven't had one in a while. I'm hoping it continues to get better. I might try this again using a barrel in the spring. I doubt I'd pay 25 for fresh tips though.
I'll be using close to the same ratio, 8oz. for a 5 gallon batch. Do you recall at what point in the boil you added the spruce? I'm thinking that I'd add them with 10-15 min left in the boil.


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