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Old 10-24-2012, 02:27 AM   #1
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Default has anyone used cinnamon sticks while making wort?

im gonna brew a red ale and i was thinking of giving it a little spice by adding cinnamon sticks while making the wort. has anyone tried this before? and if you have do you have any advice or maybe a certain amount i should try?


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Old 10-24-2012, 03:29 AM   #2
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I recently brewed a pumpkin ale and used 3 ~3" sticks for a 5 gallon batch along with some cloves and nutmeg. I added the spices about 10 minutes before flame out along with finishing hops. The batch turned out very well, although personally I would tone down the spices a bit for a red ale; perhaps try 1 or 2 sticks? Also, I would definitely recommend using a bag because the spices turned to mush during the boil.


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Old 10-24-2012, 03:31 AM   #3
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I just made a holiday beer with nutmeg, ginger and a cinnamon stick. Added all with 10 minutes left in the boil. Planning on "dryhopping" with another cinnamon stick for a week or so before I bottle.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:34 AM   #4
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I don't like the cinnamon overpowering the brew...I prefer to add it at flameout now since I added it once at 15 minutes, and even months later it was only beginning to mellow.
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