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Old 08-18-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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So I'm interested in brewing a cinnamon oatmeal stout so it'll be ready around Christmas time/the winter. My question is, what are the differences between adding cinnamon to the boil vs. in secondary? From reading other posts I have gathered that most people who add it during the boil do so for 1-5 minutes and when people add it in secondary they generally soak it in vodka? I'm not sure what the purpose of the vodka is.

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Old 08-18-2010, 05:20 PM   #2
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The vodka is to "sanitize" it. Not sure how well that would actually work but it's been done here enough that I think we'd hear if it didn't work.

I would add to the boil and let it sit in the primary.


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Old 08-18-2010, 05:23 PM   #3
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Hmm. So you're saying add whole sticks to the boil and then don't screen them out when pouring into primary?
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The only beer I made with cinnamon (in April), I did just that. I will warn you, it's still conditioning for the holidays. So far I've only opened one (a few weeks ago) and thought it was coming along just fine. I pulled the cinnamon stick out when transferring to the bottling bucket.
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:38 PM   #5
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Cinnamon in secondary worked fantasticall for me last year, but the cinnamon faded over time.

I just figured to up the cinnamon, but boiling might work....
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Alright. I think I'm going to have to give the boiling/primary a go. In about a week I'm going to be moving back to school so I can't really brew until I get back. Been chomping at the bit to do another batch, but I guess this is good because it forces me to fully think everything through before brew day.
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I have wanted to do something like this. What is a good amount of cinnamon to use?
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I used 2 cinnamon sticks in my pirate ale, and added it to the boil and screened it out before the primary and this worked just fine.
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I'm planning to brew this on 9/11, so I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Add the last few minutes of the boil. No reason to wait until secondary. The flavor will not be affected by the yeast, so why wait through fermentation?

I always add cinnamon toward the end of the boil.


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