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Old 10-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
Steve50
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GOING TO ADD SPICES TO PUMPKIN ALE TODAY. HOW MUCH WATER IS NEEDED TO BOIL THEM IN BEFORE ADDING? 1 CUP? ADDING TO A 5 GAL. BATCH
THANKS STEVE

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
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I did 1 tsp of spices in a cup of water. Stirred it up the spices really good while boiling for a few minutes, and then added while racking to the keg and sloshed the keg around after I had it sealed up and under CO2 pressure.

 
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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Why boil them? Boiling drives of aromatics.

They can be added straight; the alcohol in the beer should be sufficient to prevent anything nasty working in there.

If concerned about potential contamination, you could put the spices in a little vodka for a few days to sanitize (only need enough to cover them), and add both the spices and vodka. Or alternatively pasteurize them in hot water (145 F for 20 minutes, or 160 F for 5 seconds).

I generally use vodka or rum. The high alcohol content helps extract some flavors, such as orange oil or vanilla.

 
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