I have recently decided to brew a Christmas batch, and am eager to try adding spices for the first time. My first question is, being a fan of mostly Pale and Blonde Ales, what would be some interesting spices to add to either of these. I am most keen on cinnamon and nutmeg, but have also been curious about even vanilla. I am also a fan of sticking to things that are relatively common and readily available. Your opinions would be much appreciated. Also, when it comes to adding the spices, exactly how much do I need to add for a 6 gallon batch? If you have any other suggestions for spices, or anything else at all I would be grateful.
Thanks in advance,