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Brewlog -- Spring Spruce Beer (all grain)

akueck

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First attempt at a spruce beer. ;D Collected some spruce tips from the trees near our driveway a few weeks ago and kept them in the freezer until now.

Mash details are here.

Took 3 gallons and diluted it before the boil to 3.5 gallons.

Hop Schedule:
3/4 oz Fuggles @ 4.2 % 60 min
1/4 oz Tettnang @ 4.8% 60 min
1/2 oz Spruce Tips 5 min

Haven't emptied the kettle yet, but the anticipated SG is about 1.063. I am planning on diluting this down (higher efficiency than bargained for) to an OG of 1.045. Anticipated IBU is 20 after dilution.

We'll see how spruce-y this winds up. The tips are still pretty green now, so I could always "dry tip" [that sounds awful] if necessary.
 

akueck

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I really like this beer. Somehow it has a "chocolate raspberry" flavor. I don't think you'd guess spruce if you didn't know it was in there. Definitely going to play around with more spruce tips next year!
 

akueck

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Jun 26, 2006
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Yes, me too! Short trip = constrained timelines. Maybe next time I'll fly and have an extra day in the itinerary.
 

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