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Old 12-13-2009, 12:21 AM   #1
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so my Christmas ale is all dont. i used the AHS pumpkin ale but did not add the pumpkin. it came with a spice packet. it has cinnamon nutmeg and some other stuff in it.

the beer tastes great but its a little light on the spiced side.
can i add cinnamon sticks to the keg? its already cold and carbed. will any more flavors come through if i let it age more? i dont want to let it age too much longer, its almost christmas.

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Old 12-13-2009, 12:25 AM   #2
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I'd recommend pulling a pint and spicing that to your liking, then just quantify that in to gallons and add to the keg.

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Old 12-13-2009, 12:28 AM   #3
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I would suggest boiling some spices in water, and then adding the spice tea to the keg. This will be the quickest way to add the desired flavor to the beer.

You will also be able to add a bit at a time until you hit the right level of spiciness.

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ok, i'll try a pint then work on adding a spice mixture the the entire keg

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so i added some cinnamon to a pint glass, poured a pint and then pulled off all of the floating cinnamon with a spoon. it tasted great. would it work the same way if i were to put some in the keg, or should i use sticks so i dont get floaters in the beer once its poured.

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I would do the 'boil the spices' method, and then pour it through a really fine mesh screen or a coffee filter to get the 'grit' back out, then gently add that to the keg and gently stir it in.

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+1 to the tea, boil some water and add the spices after you boil for a few minutes. Try to use as little water as possible, maybe a cup or so, less if you can get away with it.

I'd gently add it to the keg, purge it with CO2, then shake the bejezus outta it! Let it sit for a few hours then pour a pint to test it. No issues with oxidation if you purge the keg before shaking it.

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ok i will try that.

what if i were to put a bunch of spices in the coffie maker and let the water run over them?

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Then it'll probably taste like coffee+spice. The chances of you getting no coffee flavor is slim to none, that and the water won't be sterile because it won't be boiled, just heated by the coffee maker.

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ok i will try that.

what if i were to put a bunch of spices in the coffie maker and let the water run over them?

I'm actually really impressed with that idea, I say just pre-boil the water to sanitize, clean the filter basket really well and go for it. Also I would catch the drippings in a clean glass not the coffee carafe.
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