I just bottled my batch of NB Spiced Winter Ale last Saturday. I did not use all the spices that the recipe called for. I believe I stuck 1/2 package in before the boil, and 1/4 package in after the boil. Some pieces and parts made it through the racking cane and into the primary. I probably should have added it directly to the primary. Only did 3 weeks in the primary, no secondary.
Even with using only 75% of what the recipe calls for, from what I've tasted so far, it's a bit more than I'd add if I had to do it all over again. Hoping things even out a bit more with a few more weeks in the bottles.