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Old 11-02-2010, 06:19 AM   #1
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I know it has been said before that it's necessary to transfer the beer to a secondary for specialty beer additions i.e. pumpkin, oak. etc. but I still have one simple question about using a secondary, would it be necessary to transfer a spiced winter ale to a secondary in order to add some mulling spice or could I just throw it in the primary? I'm assuming that it will be since it's an addition.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:44 AM   #2
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Spices tend to fade, so I like to add them at bottling instead of transferring to a secondary.

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:00 PM   #3
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I'll be kegging mine so could I just add them to the keg? If so should I add the same amount that I would've added to the secondary?

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I just added mulling spice to a Fezziwig clone and I added the spice at flame out. After tasting it I wish I would have added it earlier to allow it to boil a bit with the wort. I have a feeling if I would have done so, the spice taste would be more prevalent. Right now it is very subtle and I fear that in a month the spice taste will be completely lost/gone.

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I just added mulling spice to a Fezziwig clone and I added the spice at flame out. After tasting it I wish I would have added it earlier to allow it to boil a bit with the wort. I have a feeling if I would have done so, the spice taste would be more prevalent. Right now it is very subtle and I fear that in a month the spice taste will be completely lost/gone.
Actually, with a longer boil, you would have had the opposite. All your aromas would be lost with the boil, and the taste wouldn't be great either. I think the best spot for spices is at bottling so you can tweak it exactly how you like.
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