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Old 10-10-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Making a winter warmer ale...when do I toss in the spices?

At what point in the brewing process do I throw in the spices like Allspice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ginger, etc?

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Old 10-10-2010, 11:13 PM   #2
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I throw then in the last 5-10mins of the boil.

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Old 10-10-2010, 11:31 PM   #3
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All depends on your personal preference. I'm currently brewing a winter warmer and did the spices at flameout. Jamil's recipe for a winter warmer is at 1min.

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Old 10-10-2010, 11:38 PM   #4
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I just brewed a pumpkin ale and put a spice tea into my primary after about a week. Didn't use any in the boil.

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Old 10-10-2010, 11:44 PM   #5
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I just brewed a pumpkin ale and put a spice tea into my primary after about a week. Didn't use any in the boil.
I did the same (after 4 days) due to the recipe I was using. I cant say I'd do it again, even though the brew is fine and now bottled. I'd at least boil it for a few min
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I have thrown them in with 10 minutes left in the boil for a few Holiday batches and all had a great spice profile. Just enough to taste, but not overwhelming.

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Old 10-11-2010, 12:01 AM   #7
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I did the same (after 4 days) due to the recipe I was using. I cant say I'd do it again, even though the brew is fine and now bottled. I'd at least boil it for a few min
What didn't you like about it? I was basing my technique (but not the recipe itself) on Thunderstruck and it suggested using this method. I have yet to try mine, it needs about another week or two in the bottle. I boiled my water, added the spices and then let it simmer for about 10 min, then cooled and added.
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What didn't you like about it? I was basing my technique (but not the recipe itself) on Thunderstruck and it suggested using this method. I have yet to try mine, it needs about another week or two in the bottle. I boiled my water, added the spices and then let it simmer for about 10 min, then cooled and added.
I like everything about the brew. I didn't like worrying for 3 weeks that it would be infected. I feel I got lucky, but I'd boil (at least quickly) the add-ins prior adding them to the fermentor again.
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I like everything about the brew. I didn't like worrying for 3 weeks that it would be infected. I feel I got lucky, but I'd boil (at least quickly) the add-ins prior adding them to the fermentor again.
Oh ok. Yea I definitely sanitized my add-ins and it also helps the flavors and aromas bloom, hence "spice tea". Well if yours turned out well I have high hopes for mine.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:01 PM   #10
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Thanks! Much appreciated. It's fermenting right now. I'll let you know how it turned out when I get it bottled in a month or so.

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