Spruce Beer


5 gals pure water
3 pounds unsulphured molasses - (to 6)
1 pkt yeast
1 quart Sitka or white spruce needles or tips


Boil about one gallon of water for at least 30 minutes, then steep the needles or tips for about half an hour. Drain out the needles and add 3 to 6 pounds of unsulphured molasses to the spruce-flavored water, depending on taste. (Optional: Adding 3 pounds of Blue Ribbon hop-flavored malt at this point will improve the taste but is not part of the original recipe.)
Add water to make 5 gallons. Cool the mixture to about 70 degrees and add yeast. Keep the mixture at about 70 degrees for several days, then move it to a cooler spot (about 50 degrees ) until fermentation stops. The process will take 10 to 14 days, sometimes longer.
When fermentation ceases, the beer is ready to bottle or drink, but will improve if it is allowed to age in the bottle. (Note: The alcohol content varies between 6 and 9 percent, depending on the amount of molasses.)
Description: "Most hunting seasons are closed and winter's dragging on. Try this recipe to add cheer to the coldest days of winter."


4.0 (1-cup) servings


Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 8:43pm



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