Taken from Papazian’s bible:
A spruce beer brewed in the tradition of authenticity. Kumdis Island Spruce was originally brewed with the fresh spring growth of tall Sitka spruce trees in the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia, Canada.
The aroma that filled the “brewhouse” cabin was as wonderful as gingerbread hot out of the oven. And the character of the beer when it was ready to drink? Well, let me tell you that it was a real surprise. It was a very light-bodied, brown ale that tasted very, very similar to Pepsi-Cola.
Now, that may or may not sound appropiate for beer, but the fact is, it tasted fantastic, like an unsweetened Pepsi-Cola with a real beer character. It is a wonderfully refreshing and quenching beer.
Ingredients for 5 gallons
- 3 1/2 lbs. Edme S.F.X. dark malt extract syrup
- 2 lbs. plain dried dark malt extract
- 4 oz. new green growth of spruce trees
- 2 oz. Hallertauer hops (boiling): 10 HBU
- 1-2 pkgs. ale yeast
- 3/4 c. corn sugar of 1 1/4 c. dried malt extract (for bottling)
O.G.: 1.040-1.044 (10-11)
F.G.: 1.010-1.014 (2.5-3.5)
Add the malt extracts, spruce tips and boiling hops to 1 1/2 gallons of water and boil for 45 minutes. Sparge into the fermenter and cold water. Add yeast when cool and bottle when fermentation is complete.