Doctor Duvel

I'm like a sommelier, but for beer.

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Location: Upstate New York, United States

Favorite Beers: Orval, Samuel Smith, Duvel, Hennepin, Oude Gueze, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam, and anything made by Trappist monks.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Spruce plans

A friend of mine has spruce tips, which I should be harvesting quite quite soon before they get too big. I should have a nice US-56 yeast cake that can handle a decent-sized beer in a couple of days. I looked into Alaskan's spruce beer, which is more or less an olde ale of 1066 with 27 IBU.

My impulse is to embiggen that slightly. I'd like this to be a big, deep amber ale with plenty of warming malt for winter. It should be a holiday beer basically. I'm thinking 1075, maybe 32 IBU, and plenty of spruce.

Here's a rough grain bill:

9 lbs Golden Promise Scottish Pale Malt
5 lbs German Munich
1.25 lbs Carastan (35L)
1.25 lbs Caramunich (60L)
1.25 lbs Wheat malt

Bitter with a single addition of Northern Brewer (1.5 oz for 60 minutes)
Consider a tiny flavor addition?
Boil with 12 oz spruce tips
Add 6 oz spruce tips with 10 minutes remaining in the boil. Steep while cooling the wort.


Blogger Ben, aka BadBen said...

It should be interesting.
Hmm, Golden Promise as the primary malt, though?

4:21 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Yeah, I figured, why not? I have a fair amount of the stuff to use up and I thought it'd make it a touch maltier than Maris Otter.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

P.S. Your hops look awesome. I put some in for the first time a few weeks ago (Cascade).

5:05 PM  
Blogger Ben, aka BadBen said...

Thanks. They get bigger and better, every year. I'd like to plant them on the sunny (south) side of the house, but I have to come up with a way to satisfy my spouse about the appearance of any trellis that I would come up with.

Regarding the Golden Promise:
When I've used it for other than Scottish-style ales, I've had some pretty strange results, taste-wise. I use it sparingly in the Non-Scotts, now.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Hmmm... We'll see what happens with the G.P. It's such a wildly experimental beer that I'm not too worried about it. Either it'll be good or it won't. I think I plan to let it really sit till December. A boiling kettle full of spruce smells pretty intense but it seemed not-too-obtrusive when I sipped the hydrometer sample.

9:21 PM  

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