hist-brewing: Brewing herbs
jsrenner at umich.edu
Fri Apr 13 13:30:21 PDT 2007
Good to see activity on this list.
Mike O'Brien, owner of picoBrewing Systems, brews spruce beer
regularly. Often he does at festivals wearing (American) colonial
garb, mashing in a half barrel with a hole in the bottom and a
broomstick stopper, then boiling in an iron cauldron.
He uses spruce boughs in the bottom of the mash barrel as a false
bottom. It gives a delightfully subtle flavor that is not
immediately recognizable as "Christmas tree." More of a light lemon
He then hops the beer as usual.
This is a fine flavor, and nothing like the spruce beers I've had
with spruce boughs in the boiler, or, worse, made with spruce
extract. Some of those taste like Pinesol. Well, like I imagine
Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, jsrenner at umich.edu
"One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943
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