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Spruce Beer 2

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Spruce Beer 2

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Beer Style: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer  (21A)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons

Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer


I recently made a spruce beer and thought I would post some information about it as some people here have been curious about it. To be sure, it is a bit late for harvesting the new spring flush from spruce trees now, but this may not be the case for more northerly latitudes. Also, I saved (and froze) an extra portion of spruce twigs, and if others did also, now is a fine time for spruce beer.

I made spruce beer last year and only used about a pint of twigs in a red ale. I also used ginger, and the ginger masked the spruce flavor.

This year I made a light ale and used a quart of spruce twigs. Many of the comments here have recommended only using spruce in a dark beer. I must disagree. The only problem I have with the light ale is it is cloudy. Big deal.

After two weeks in the bottle, it has not cleared. The flavor is not what I expected at all. I anticipated a "piney" flavor (kind of like retsina wine) but that is not what I got. The flavor is more earthy. Kind of nice. It will be a good beer for when the summer finaly gets hot.


  • 1 pound light dry malt extract
  • 6 pounds light malt syrup
  • 2 cups 10 L crystal malt
  • 1 cup 40 L crystal malt
  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 2 ounces Mt. Hood hops (65 minute boil)
  • 2-1/2 cups blue spruce twigs (25 minute boil)
  • 1 cup spruce (10 minute boil)
  • Irish moss (10 minute boil)
  • 1/2 cup spruce (steep)
  • ale yeast

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.047
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol by Vol: 4.84%
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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To bottle, make a tea from 1 cup of spruce twigs, then add priming sugar and boil momentarily.