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Old 10-06-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default do powdered spices (pumpkin pie) added at bottling dissolve?

Hit all my #s and the color/clarity is perfect. Needs more spice flavor. Does adding at bottling settle out like yeast at the bottom of bottles or do they just float around?

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Old 10-06-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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Powdered spices will not dissolve. Ground cinnamon cloves and nutmeg are woodlike. I think powered spices would settle out but you would have to pour carefully or strain each bottle, there is a chance of disaster, 40 some bottles of chewy brew.

I would be inclined to use whole spices. Like 1-2 cloves and a half cinnamon stick per bottle, that way you wouldn't have to worry about sediment in your bottle. Also would look cool.

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Old 10-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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As long as it doesnt look dirty and you cant feel them in ur mouth... im cool with that.

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The spices will make the beer appear dirty. I'm with Aquanator. Add a cinnamon stick and clove per bottle. It will look cool and gimmicky.

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Make an extract of spices in vodka, strain, and add that?

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Make a spice tea of sorts and add that.

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Make a spice tea of sorts and add that.
+1, getting them hot will extract flavor and sanitize them. Strain out the powder after if you can.
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+1, getting them hot will extract flavor and sanitize them. Strain out the powder after if you can.
Straining powder should be pretty easy using a coffee filter and a bowl.
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I work in lab and have access to many micron sized filters. Sounds like a vodka bath and filter should work out just fine. I was just worried that the flavor would be held back with the spice in the filter. Wasnt sure if the " extract" idea was true like other additives like vanilla bean. Thanks guys.

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I used ground cinnamon in a pumpkin beer once. Big mistake, a couple of months later and it still hadn't all settled out. It gave the beer a sort of unpleasant biting sharpness. Eventually I drank it all by blending it with another beer. I recommend whole cinnamon sticks instead.

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