Adding Spices to Christmas Ale

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  1. Craigerrr

    Craigerrr Well-Known Member

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    I am adding some ginger and cinnamon sticks late in the boil, should I add into my hop basket, or directly into the boil water?

    Thanks in advance
    Craigerrr
     
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    I"d add them to the boil at 5 mins or less.
     
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    Craigerrr Well-Known Member

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    5 minutes is the plan, should I add them into the hop basket?
     
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    I don't think it matters. For cinnamon sticks the basket will make them easier to remove if you don't want them going in to the fermenter.
     
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    In the basket it is then!
    Thanks
     
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    The hop basket will make them easier to remove, so I see no reason not to put them in there
     
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    Yes I kept mine in for too long so my Santa's Grog is a bit too spicy but at 10% ABV who cares hic... only 1 bottle at a time anyway. Next time I'll keep it down to 5-10 mins or so. I had all the spices and fruit steeping for a day before the boil... I got taken off the brewing process by a stronger force as we had to see relatives...
     
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    I decided to do a dunk sparge instead of the pour over, yikes preboil gravity was supposed to be 1048 based on my past efficiency, preboil turns out to be 1060. There is a pound of honey to add around 5 minutes, should I scale the honey back a bit? Or should I add the full amount, and see where that takes me?
     
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    I think 1lb of Honey will add about 8% to the OG - well according to the recipe builder that is. How strong do you want it? The more the merrier for a Xmas brew in my opinion :) In any case it will be good. Have a good time.
     
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    Thanks, I chose to add the pound of honey, OG ended up only 3 points higher than intended, at 1075, and an expected FG of 1021, this puts the expected ABV at 7.09. I am very happy with this! As usual I tasted the gravity sample, nice hint of ginger and cinnamon, but too damn sweet to get a feel for how it may turn out... other than potent!
     
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    Let er buck, she'll be right.

    I did a winter ale last year that had apples and cinnamon right in the boil. Then in the brew bucket cause the damned apples clogged the drain port and I just poured the whole batch into the bucket.

    Won a bronze with it at a competition. So I'd say whatever is easiest for you.
     
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    You can also experiment with spices added to the finished beer and or into the mash.
    Cheers,
    Brian
     
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    Thanks Brian
    This has been fermenting for 7 full days now, krauzen has dropped, but I am still getting a good heavy bubble every 12-13 seconds. Going to leave it for another 3 or 4 days before I bother opening it up to check the gravity.
     

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