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Old 09-15-2010, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default Advice...Tips...Help...Cinnamon Sticks?

I'm hoping you guys could give me some advice and tips on this recipe. I will be brewing this as an anniversary gift for my girlfriend.

I know....a girlfriend who loves beer is amazing right?

I wanted it to be something special so I thought of making a nice Red Honey Cinnamon Ale 4-5g batch

Here is what I have so far:

9# 2 Row American
1.5# Melanoidin Malt
1# Crystal 60
1# Cara
1# Honey Malt

0.5 oz Saaz @ 60
0.5 oz Saaz @ 30

How many Cinnamon sticks do you think should be sufficient without making it OH MY GOD it's CINNAMON? I want Cinnamon with a nice sweet honey like finish.

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Old 09-15-2010, 02:28 AM   #2
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I admire the effort, but honey AND CINNAMON?????

Are you nuts

Two iffy tastes. Good without a doubt, but to a non brewer girlfriend?

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She's a brewer. In fact 90% of my beers have been made with her as a co brewer. I've already made a caramel vanilla beer for her with her...this one is topsecret and I know she loves cinnamon. So if not honey, what could go with Cinnamon?

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33% specialty/crystal malt reads cloyingly sweet to me.
why so much melanoidin malt?

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This is also true. I'll back off the crystal.

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I want to give it a nice red tone color. I'm open to suggestions on backing off the Mel if there's another way to go red.

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How about kicking the honey out of the equation.

back the Mel to 0.50#
Bring Crystal back in @ 1#

So it will be

9# Pale 2 Row
0.50# Melanoidin
1# Cara
1# Crystal 60L

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Personal experience ....... if you are using cinnamon you want it to finish sweet........ probably really sweet.

Cinnamon with no sweetness = bad (just sprinkle a little ground cinnamon in your hand and taste it, not good alone).

I attempted a beer with cinnamon once (holiday spice ale) and vowed never to attempt a spice beer again after that. It was horrendous.

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The only time I have put cinnamon in anything was when I made hard cider. However, this is beer I'm making and I'm not sure how it will turn out. I was thinking the sweetness would balance the cinnamon output. Also, I'm not sure how many sticks to put in...or if it should be just powder.

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Well for what it's worth (probably not much since I just told you my beer was awful). I brewed the beer as normal. For the cinnamon, I used one stick (whole). I boiled it in two cups of water for about 15 minutes making a cinnamon tea of sorts. I added this tea concoction (leaving the stick behind) to the secondary after a 3 week primary.

Disclaimer - this is not intended to be advice. I'd do some research and see what you can find on here

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