Spruce Beer Recipe

Monday, May 11th, 2009

On Friday, we brewed a batch of beer that incorporated freshly picked spruce tips. I chose a pale ale (like this recipe), but altered the hops a bit and threw in some oats and ginger for good measure. Oats in  a pale ale? Why not?


  • 10 lb – 2 row malt
  • 1.5 lb – Vienna malt
  • 0.5 lb – Victory malt
  • 0.2 lb -Flaked Oats (a few handfuls)
  • 18 oz – fresh spruce tips for 45min (could also use frozen)
  • 1.0 oz – Cascade hops (4.5 alpha) for 45min
  • 2.0 oz Palisades (9.5 alpha) for 10 minutes (could use regular Willamette for longer)
  • Some fresh ginger chunks for the last 5 minutes.
  • WyEast London ESB yeast

Strike at 175 to hold around 153 for 1 hour. Then batch sparge for 6 gallons and boil for 50 minutes. We did not have much evaporation and ended up with 5.5 gallons with an OG of 1.050. Should produce an ABV around 4.6%. The final wort did not smell of pine at all (or even ginger). Supposedly, the spruce takes a few month of bottle conditioning to mature. Should make a great holiday beer.

Look how big Jamie’s hops are already!

Load recipe here:

Gabriel McGovern^Sitka Oatmeal Pale Ale^^41^33^5.5^50^9^4^66^100^8.8^0.3^0.8^0.7^0.4^0.3^71^71^10^92^91^1.5^91^90^0.5^66^66^0.2^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^61^61^5^1^45^0^1^42^1^10^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^63^153^1.2^^1.015^^Used Palisades not Willamette. Also add 18 oz of spruce tips for 45minutes. And ginger chunks for last 5. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^4.5^9.5^0^0^0^0^0.2^

One Response to “Spruce Beer Recipe”

  1. gabriel nagmay (dot com) | Archive » Spruce Ale (version 3.0) Says:

    […] is my third batch of spruce ale. The base recipe is solid, but I like to switch up the spruce and hops in each […]

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