Originally Posted by Husher
really? No risk of infection? Has anyone done this before without making a tea?
The alcohol already in the beer will help prevent infection, plus the cherries and honey are sterile.
However, to be safe, put the cherries and honey into a pot and mix well. Add your spices and mix well again. Bring to 140 deg F and maintain that for 10 minutes. Cool and add to secondary then rack on top.
You could also put the cherries and honey right into the secondary, do a tea with your spices (boil them for 15 min or so) and add that and then rack on top.
I'd recommend using a bucket for the secondary in this case. I find it much easier to use as opposed to a carboy for adding fruits and whatnot.