I just got done with a keg of my so far favorite beer ever. it took me and my pap about 5 days to go through 5 gal of this whereas 5 gal usually lasts us 2-3 weeks. so it was a house fav. but it was an experimental beer, I am new to brewing, but whenever i'm new to something i try to push it to find my limits, i pushed it and didn't find a limit.
I added at 60min 15 stick of cinnamon, i am a person who keeps tasting the wort as it boils, i never noticed the cinnamon go down in flavor and i thought it would be too much. when the beer was done, it was the most well balanced, flavorful, amber colored beer i had ever had, it was cloudy, but for now i'm working on flavor. my recipea(i do this from memory, every beer i'm craving somehting slightly different so i don't write things down, i just try to figure it out.)
Recipe for a little less than 5 gal
5 lbs amber malt extract
3 lbs rice sugar powder
4 oz mt hood hops
.5-1 cup chocolate chips
5 dried small cloves
lots of cinnamon, my guess is around 15 large sticks of the non saigon cinnamon, the real stuff
about a tablespoon of cayanne pepper
about a tablespoon of mint flakes maybe a little more
in the final product i could hardly taste the cinnamon, like the yeast had eaten it away. i tasted the wort at 30 seconds to done to see if i liked it and thought there was too much cinnamon, it was spicy from too much cinnamon, i thought i had messed up for sure.
so i have heard that to get a cinnamon flavor it is a 5 min boil time so way less than i did. but then why would my very strong cinnamon taste go away and be replaced by i have no idea what to call it besides balance. everyone who tried it wanted to buy a 6 pack. Is it that cinnamon boiled for a long time produced more of a balance in the wort somehow and boiling for less adds flavor? kind of like hops and bitterness?
I also have an attempt at a very simple beer
5 lbs of munich malt extract
2 lbs rice sugar
4 oz challenger hops
1 stick cinnamon
i can taste the cinnamon much better in this brew than the other
Does anyone have any insight as to why this may be? cinnamon has become my favorite ingredient in beer and id like to know why this is happening,