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Old 04-25-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
TastySalmon
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I want to get into using spices and dried fruits, etc. I am curious what everyone's favorite spices are. Are there any spices that you mash?

Let me be clear that I am NOT looking for spices to replace ester characteristics. Every time a commercial brewery uses spices to replace the traditional ester characters of yeasts (think true German hefeweizen and various Belgians) it makes me cringe.

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Old 04-25-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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I have used cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and coriander in a few brews. I always add my spices at flameout.

 
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:57 AM   #3
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I've used cinnamon, ginger, coriander, grains of paradise (the last two probably not spices), and cardamon already. All have gone in no earlier than the last 15 minutes; some at about 2-3 minutes left in the boil. I have never seen any spices that get mashed because, from what I know, there are no sugars in spices that need conversion.

As for fruits, I would suggest trying whole, fresh fruit instead of dried. You'll get a better flavor from fresh.

 
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