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Old 03-06-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default When adding spices for a wit, do you use a steel "tea" ball, or just throw them in?

During the boil what way are you supposed to add them? Then, do they need to be removed after cooling before you add the wort to the fermenter?

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Old 03-06-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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I've used a hop bag in the past and left them in the pot while I racked to the fermentor.

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Old 03-06-2009, 06:31 PM   #3
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I just throw em in, and I don't bother trying to take them out.

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Also, If you add your spices at flameout, do you need to be worried about them infecting the wort?

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Also, If you add your spices at flameout, do you need to be worried about them infecting the wort?
With no scientific data at all to back me on this I'm going to say that the risk is probably minimal..... I'm guessing that as it takes an insanely long time to cool your wort (without cool gadgets like wort chillers and all) that the high temp of the wort right at flameout is likely to kill off any baddies that might be lurking about in your spices.....

but again.. that is simply a guess....
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Of course, the faster you cool, the less chance you have for oxidation of hot wort and DMS.

I boil for 10 minutes to help sanitize the spices and to make sure I get some extraction of the flavors as I don't leave them in the wort going to the fermentor.

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I toss em in in the last minute before flame out. No ball, no sack. (I never could figure out why anyone would want to stick their sack/balls in boiling wort anyway).

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I toss em in in the last minute before flame out. No ball, no sack. (I never could figure out why anyone would want to stick their sack/balls in boiling wort anyway).
hehehehhehe you said ball......then you said sack...hehehehe
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I toss em in in the last minute before flame out. No ball, no sack. (I never could figure out why anyone would want to stick their sack/balls in boiling wort anyway).
If you use a sack you can teabag them before you rack...

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I just toss them in for 10-15 minutes, and strain them out when going to the fermenator.

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