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Spruce Essence

What it does :

Remember that, for many of the centuries people have been brewing beer, the exclusive use of hops to balance beer's malty base is relatively recent. Brewers have long added special flavorings like flavorings to make unique brews, and that tradition continues today. The craft brewing and homebrewing movements provide daily examples of this inventiveness. If you are reading this, you are likely looking to broaden your beer and brewing palate. You can make use of spruce essence to express your own brewing creativity and make a beer that is uniquely yours. Spruce oils add a refreshing flavor to ales. It is especially useful in trying to emulate early American colonial beers that used spruce as a flavoring. Holiday ales provide another good opportunity for this flavor.

When designing a beer recipe that will include spruce essence you must carefully consider the malt, hops, and yeast base that will best complement this specialty ingredient. When brewing with flavorings, many brewers choose a strong malt base, with bittering hops only. By avoiding the addition of aroma hops, this allows the added flavorings to complement, and not conflict with the beer's other ingredients.

What it is:

Spruce is a coniferous tree found in the northern hemisphere. The oils from the spruce tree can be used to add a floral, citrus flavor to beer. The flavor is available as a liquid extract.


With a liquid spruce extract, use up to 5 teaspoons per 5 gallons. Add during secondary fermentation. For whole spruce, add 1 to 2 pieces 10 to 15 minutes from the end of the boil. Finding the right amount of spruce essence to use will depend on your particular recipe and your vision for your beer. As always, keep good records of each beer that you make, be willing to experiment, and you will converge on the ingredient mix that yields the flavor and aroma result that you like best.


Rinse whole spruce before use. Addition during the boil will sterilize it.

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