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Old 12-09-2009, 04:36 AM   #11
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Here's a photo of the tea as it was steeping. I strained this in 3 portions through a small french press and into the empty, sanitized bottling bucket. Then I racked on top of it and bottled 43.5 bottles.

I think this is one brew that I'm going to actually leave for 2 weeks in the bottle for the first taste.
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:28 AM   #12
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Here's a photo of the tea as it was steeping. I strained this in 3 portions through a small french press and into the empty, sanitized bottling bucket. Then I racked on top of it and bottled 43.5 bottles.

I think this is one brew that I'm going to actually leave for 2 weeks in the bottle for the first taste.
Mmmmm. Looks terrific. I can almost smell it. I found that two weeks in the bottle will put some heavy vanilla notes in the foreground. It's pretty balanced at 3 weeks, but in its prime at 2-3 months. Its really odd what a week can do to spices in beer.
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:49 PM   #13
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Sounds tasty. Something to brew in Aug/Sep timeframe....
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:14 AM   #14
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I see you're a fellow Seattleite. I'm in Greenwood. Where did you buy the whole vanilla bean?
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PCC sells vanilla beans by the ounce. Since they weigh close to nothing, you can get them much cheaper than the ones that come in the cigar tubes.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:13 AM   #15
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PCC sells vanilla beans by the ounce. Since they weigh close to nothing, you can get them much cheaper than the ones that come in the cigar tubes.
Yeah, that's where I got mine. It ended up being like a buck.

So tonight I am sampling a bottle; it's been exactly 2 weeks. The cinnamon flavor is pretty overpowering but other than that, it tastes damn good! Very christmasy. I wonder if the cinnamon will mellow out over the next few weeks; that's my only complaint at this point.

 
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:20 AM   #16
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Yeah, two weeks isn't very long. I am very surprised the cinnamon is the strongest. It's always been the most subtle for me. You didn't break up, grate, or extensively boil the cinnamon did you? Either way, you'll be really surprised what a week or two does to spices in beer. Have you done a spiced beer before?
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:24 AM   #17
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Yeah, two weeks isn't very long. I am very surprised the cinnamon is the strongest. It's always been the most subtle for me. You didn't break up, grate, or extensively boil the cinnamon did you? Either way, you'll be really surprised what a week or two does to spices in beer. Have you done a spiced beer before?
This is my first spiced beer. I just dropped in one whole cinnamon stick, it was about 2" long, and boiled with everything else for about 15 min. I can definitely taste the vanilla, but the cinnamon is front and center.

 
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:31 AM   #18
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I usually boil for about a minute, just to combine the sugar. I'll update the recipe.

I'd say as long as the cinnamon doesn't burn your mouth or isn't so strong that you can't taste anything else, it'll mellow.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:43 AM   #19
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I usually boil for about a minute, just to combine the sugar. I'll update the recipe.

I'd say as long as the cinnamon doesn't burn your mouth or isn't so strong that you can't taste anything else, it'll mellow.
It certainly isn't mouth-burningly strong, but it's really crowding out a lot of the other flavors. With that said, those flavors that I can taste through it, are damn good. This would be a solid beer (maybe a porter?) even without the spice additions.

 
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:56 AM   #20
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My friends and I drank a quite a few of these on New Year's and it got unanimously positive reviews. I still have two or three six-packs left, one of which has been placed inside the long-term beer storage closet. It's been a month in the bottle now and while the cinnamon is still front and center, it's mellowed out a LOT and the other spices and flavors have really come out in the process.

 
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