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Made American Ale as directed, with the following modifications.

1. Boiled 1/2 cup Honey & 33 young spruce tips (in hop sack) for 10 minutes.

2. Discarded hop sack, continued with American Ale directions

3. Double pitched yeast

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Very interested in the spruce tips. Looking forward to seeing how it comes out for you. Good luck!

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I tasted tips from some pine trees, some were very bitter like cedar, these seemed fine I believe they are spruce.

Sampled Nut Brown Ale after 17 days, tasted good and nutty bottled it up, used US05 yeast and well tap water first time.

While splitting hickory wood in backyard there's an aroma of bacon, hmm might try another test batch with hickory wood.

 

Currently struggling to drink up Oktoberfest to get empty bottles, not a good drink.  Sampled Northwest and it was very good

,going to age that one a bit.

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Put LBK in a location that's 64 degrees.

Today looked inside LBK with flashlight and it looks

like a snowstorm, with white bits flinging everywhere.

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27 minutes ago, Fire Rooster said:

Put LBK in a location that's 64 degrees.

Today looked inside LBK with flashlight and it looks

like a snowstorm, with white bits flinging everywhere.

I would say that is active fermentation

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i call it a yeast hurricane. i could watch that for hours... and i have.  yeast volcanoes though scare me. 

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It does seem to be therapeutic to watch, but LBK is on a 5' high shelf.

Too tired, old & lazy to stand in basement for hours holding flashlight.

 

Never split seasoned hickory wood before, have to do a little at a time,

it's like trying to split steel.

 

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Tasted a sample of first experiment and bottled.  Has promise, not bad

will sample full bottle after 2 weeks conditioning @ 70.

 

Second experiment.

Added 2 packs booster to 4 cups cold water whisked until dissolved.

Brought to boil added 1/2 cup honey, boiled 2 minutes.

Whisked in 1/2 cup coco powder, removed from heat, covered and let sit 5 minutes.

Whisked in American Ale, and continued with water-LBK routine.

Added Belle Saison yeast. Found spot in basement that stays 63-66 degrees 24/7

When ready to bottle, using 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar & one drop pure cherry extract.  https://www.olivenation.com/cherry-extract.html?&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_sKE1L_M2wIVSwOGCh0kmAanEAAYASAAEgIJHvD_BwE

 

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Was ready to sample First Experiment (Spruce Tips) after two weeks @ 70 in bottle, until

 white specs were noticed rising and falling in bottle. Checked a few bottles

and the same is happening. ??????

 

 

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Most likely yeast. Was there a sour or sulfur smell (assuming that you opened a bottle)? Could it be some of the coco powder that clumped?

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This is the spruce tip beer, not the coco powder one. Didn't open a bottle but

tasted good prior to bottling.  White specs were the same during its yeast hurricane

but now fewer and slower.  It is a very clear/clean beer and when held up to a light you can

see a few tiny specs slowly rising and falling.  Going to wait until full 4 weeks until

attempting a taste.  I did cut the fermenting a little short, 17 days. 

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I'd be willing to bet these specs will settle to the bottom after you refrigerate for a few days.

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2 hours ago, epete28 said:

I'd be willing to bet these specs will settle to the bottom after you refrigerate for a few days.

 

This.

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On ‎5‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 4:21 PM, Fire Rooster said:

Put LBK in a location that's 64 degrees.

Today looked inside LBK with flashlight and it looks

like a snowstorm, with white bits flinging everywhere.

Entertaining but best not to open in case of infection getting in.

I use flashlight from outside.

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Spruce Tip Beer.

White specs no longer flinging around in bottle.  Put 5 bottles in

fridge. First tasting with son-in-law this Saturday.

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Spruce tip experiment.

Disclaimer: None of the beer judges are trained or certified.

 

Wife = Tastes like whiskey

 

Daughter = Reminds her of a bourbon beer

 

Son-In Law = Sweet, hint of fruit with maple aroma.

 

Me = Tart citrus taste, slightly overpowering

 

Going to age more before next sampling.

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