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Old 12-11-2009, 03:55 PM   #1
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So I'm bottling an English IPA tonight. It was in the primary for a bit and then I dry hopped right in the primary.

I haven't spiced up any beers this holiday season and I'm wondering if there is anything I can add to this at bottling to spice it up??

The last thing I want to do though, is ruin a good batch of IPA.

What do you think? Any good suggestions to add at bottling or just leave it alone?

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If you want, make a spice tea and add it to the beer when you have a gallon left. That way you'll have some spiced beer for the holidays, and the rest of the beer as is. I would guess orange peel would work well if nothing else.

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I wouldn't put orange peel in the bottles, doesn't quite seem right...

I agree that doing the tea might be your best bet at this point.

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I don't know that I'd add any spices to an IPA. I just don't think the flavors would meld nicely. I have never done it though so i could be wrong.

If your just looking to add a little something extra to the beer you could always try some oak...

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If you want, make a spice tea and add it to the beer when you have a gallon left. That way you'll have some spiced beer for the holidays, and the rest of the beer as is. I would guess orange peel would work well if nothing else.
This is a good idea. Then if it doesn't work well, I haven't spoiled an entire batch. Do you have a spiced tea recommendation?? I'm not a tea drinker.
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This is a good idea. Then if it doesn't work well, I haven't spoiled an entire batch. Do you have a spiced tea recommendation?? I'm not a tea drinker.
By spice tea i just mean soak some spices in some hot water for 4-5 minutes, strain, and dose. It gives you a fine control over the spicing level, add some, taste, repeat, until you get a good balance.

Some people do a alcohol extraction with spices, but the hot water method is much quicker and has worked well for me.
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I'm against it. Doesn't seem like a natural flavor extension or compliment. Personally for spice additions I usually start with a base brown ale recipe and go wild from there. =)

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If you want to use a tea try spiced Chai.

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Thanks for the tips. I think I'm going to just bottle it as is.

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I've not had an english IPA myself, but I wouldn't think the spices would go with with the hoppiness. of an IPA.

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