Originally Posted by billpa
Sorry for all the questions...but what do you mean by wait on the clove and cinnamon? So you are saying that I stick with the amounts you listed for a 5g batch? I suppose I can do a little experimenting before I bottle.
No problem with the questions
Cinnamon and cloves react a bit different when boiled than when they are fermented. I just took out a cinnamon stick that has been in the Applewine for 3 months. It has made it a bit darker flavored than I usually care for but it is the Holloween batch and most will be servered hot anyway. With boiling it will bring out the flavor all at once! I will usually do the cp of water test first and see if it has the spicy flavors I want any then try it in a cup of apple juice. If it is not strong enough then add some more and boil and steep again.
As zoebisch01 said this is about your personal taste. Wassail is a tradition from long ago in which the toasting glass started from the lord of the estate and was passed to friends and family at a large gathering during the Yule or Christmas time. As the cup was passed a kiss was given.
In short the batch was made to the lords taste.