Thanks for the reply jwible204. MacGruber, I'm a little worried my batch will be a tad harsh as well. It should finish around 1.030 which would give it a 10.5% abv. Do you think adding another 1/8 teaspoon in addition to the 1/2 teaspoon of each spice would help mask it at bottling/kegging? It still should mellow out in the next few weeks.
What did you end up adding to the keg? 1/2 teaspoon of each; cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, nutmeg? I'm thinking I'll be adding a 1/2 teaspoon of each except for the cloves in which I'll add a 1/4 or an 1/8 because they are so prominent.
Also just a general question for you guys instead of boiling the spices would you just add the additional spices to your vanilla bean extract tincture? Let it sit 4-5 weeks with the vanilla beans or add it to the tincture at bottling?