Drinkable Spruce Beer
spiced beer, spruce beer, all-grain
Source: Ronald Moucka (rmoucka@OMN.COM), HBD Issue #1435, 5/28/94
Believe it or not, it is possible to brew a drinkable spruce beer. Thos
you who were lucky enough to attend the GABF a couple of years ago will
remember Anchor's version of a traditional spruce beer. Yuck! It taste
a combination of mint julep (sp?) and Listerine. Six packs of the stuff
distributed in a limited area around Denver, and I was stupid enough to
couple. At least at the time I thought it was stupid. Not anymore!
After two years of aging in the refrigerator, it is now one of the most
refreshing, light summer beers I've ever tasted. So don't give up on th
spruce beers. They take a long time to mellow, but it's worth the wait.
own version of a spruce is coming up on 1 year old this month and is jus
starting to taste like something resembling beer. Actually quite good.
- 5lbs 2 row Klages
- 3lbs 6 row Klages
- 1lb Crystal 10LV
- .5lbs Dextrin
- 1oz Hallertauer 4.9 AAU 60min
- 4oz fresh blue spruce tips (3-4" long) 60min
- 1oz fresh blue spruce tips finish
- 1tsp Irish Moss
- Wyeast #2035 American Lager
Temperature controlled step mash. Boil hops and spruce for full 60 minu
I might consider dropping the spruce to 3oz next time. Obviously, weath
conditions will effect the strength of your spruce. Collect your spruce
in the country where you're sure they haven't been sprayed. Never tried
extract. Wouldn't have a clue as to how much to add. Most importantly,
patient! This stuff takes a looong time.