Originally Posted by cmumma
Should the cinnamon be sterilized in any way? I'm trying to figure out how to go about that.
You could drop it into boiling water for a couple minutes, but you'll lose some of the aromatics. You could also spray it with Starsan, but I doubt it'll reach inside the curl on a cinnamon stick. I've just tossed them into the carbouy straight from the spice bottle with no problems at all.
I used to hit caraway seed with Starsan before I put it in, but I don't bother anymore, again, I've always had good results this way. Go with what you think is best and/or what works best for you.