Originally Posted by red_2180
Sounds good. I want to make sure that the grain recipe will blend nicely with the spice. I am still not sure of the amount of spice to use. I know that clove can over dominate the flavor. I was thinking around 3 cloves might due, and about 2 thin slices of fresh orange or would sweet peel work better?
Unfortunately, I really can't help you with the amount, its really a matter of your own palette. I do about 1/4 an ounce per gallon of zest and sometimes I even add a 1/2 ounce of peel as well. Clove really can be overpowering so go on the low end of what you want. Took over 4 months for the clove to die down in a brew I did that I used to much. Its much better to get a hint and be disappointed than to use to much and have it undrinkable
Also, try bottling with honey. I do it for all my batches and like the hint of honey it gives. I don't even use the honey malt anymore but I also don't like it to shine through. Hope this helps