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Old 12-08-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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I know someone already touched on brewers best holiday ale kit, but my question is when to add the spice pack, boil? Primary? Bright tank? Thanks

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Old 12-09-2009, 02:47 AM   #2
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per the instructions, spice pack is added with the finishing hops 15 minutes prior to end of boil.

I left mine in primary for 3 weeks (including pitching another packet of nottingham which didn't help), then racked to the carboy for another month before I finally decided it had been done and bottled.

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Old 12-09-2009, 02:53 PM   #3
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I just brewed the Midwest Holiday Ale and it sounds pretty similar. It uses cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. I kept the cinnamon stick in the primary for 3 and a half weeks and then switched the beer over to secondary (without cinnamon) for another month before bottling.

It's been bottled for about a week and a half now so I'll give it a few more.

Tiamat - how long did it take for your bottles to carbonate? Just so I can get a rough estimation.

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Normally I have a few bottles more than 2 cases, which i open after a few days to a week to see how things are progressing. This time I came out with an even 48 bottles, so I didn't have any extra to test.

I bottled on 11/1, and didn't open one until Thanksgiving day (which is what I specifically brewed this batch for). They were carbed just fine by then (but still too sweet).

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