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Brandon's Spruce Beer

170 calories 14.7 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Winter Seasonal Beer
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 11 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 12 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.048 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 78% (brew house)
Calories: 170 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 14.7 g (Per 12oz)
Created Saturday January 7th 2017
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
15 lb American - Pale 2-Row15 lb Pale 2-Row 37 1.8 76.9%
2 lb American - Caramel / Crystal 20L2 lb Caramel / Crystal 20L 35 20 10.3%
1 lb American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt)1 lb Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 33 1.8 5.1%
0.50 lb American - Caramel / Crystal 60L0.5 lb Caramel / Crystal 60L 34 60 2.6%
1 lb Corn Sugar - Dextrose1 lb Corn Sugar - Dextrose 46 0.5 5.1%
19.50 lbs / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
2 oz Centennial2 oz Centennial Hops Pellet 10 Boil 60 min 35.27 40%
1 oz Centennial1 oz Centennial Hops Pellet 10 Boil 15 min 8.75 20%
2 oz Centennial2 oz Centennial Hops Pellet 10 Boil 5 min 7.03 40%
5 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Start Temp Target Temp Time
Infusion -- 151 °F 60 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
8 oz spruce tips Other Boil 15 min.
2 oz spruce tips Other Boil 0 min.
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
54 - 77 °F
Fermentation Temp:
60 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Target Water Profile
Balanced Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
80 5 25 75 80 100
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

For preparation of the spruce, I usually cut off a bunch from a tree, place them in a ziplock freezer bag. Place the ziplock freezer bag in the freezer for no less than 2 weeks. This will kill everything and anything on the spruce.

The spruce I try to pick it right off of the tree. This is just cutting small size bits off of the tree itself. When you do this take some in your hands and rub your hands together vigorously. Then smell and if it's super pungent you can adjust the amount that I add at the times I do. I weigh them out, and do an 8 oz. addition @ 15 mins, and then a 2 oz addition at 0 min/flameout. When adding the additions to the boil I just throw the whole branch/sprig in the boil, tree stem and all. People most times ask if I pull the leaves off the tree/stem but I don't.

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