Any of you guys use a food processor for grinding the daylights out of raisins and cranberries?
Would you grind those two ingredients, add honey, rip it around again, boil for a minute or two and let cool, and then pour that into your secondary and rack onto that?
I don't know why, it just seemed like a good idea there for a minute. It would probably be a pain to siphon off that... depending on your primary.
Maybe use a six gallon to make apple juice/honey cyser, rack to a secondary food grade bucket with an airlock, then rubber band a copper scrubber to the end of your siphon and leave the junk behind and make up the difference with more honey and apple juice to a third fermeter or a glass carboy to clear and settle. Give it a year, then siphon with the copper scrubber rubber banded to the siphon again.
Just thinking out loud. Any ideas? When would you add spices? Allspice, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, orange peel, etc. Would you do it with the first fermentation, at the second stage, or for the final and longest phase?
I'm a newbie so let me know if this has been covered to death.