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Old 02-07-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I wanted to add some cinnamon sticks to my recently-started fermenting batch. Am I right in assuming its safe to break the air-lock and open it up for a few seconds to do this since fermentation is so violent that it wont allow harmful oxidation or bacteria?
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:39 PM   #2
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Yes. The fermentation has created a pocket if CO2 on top of the wort. I'm still fairly new, so I'm not sure if spices or things of that nature need to be treated/sanitized before adding it, but there is definatlly no problem with removing the airlock once and a while

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Old 02-07-2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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I think the best times to add cinnamon sticks would be during the boil or in the secondary not during fermentation, but someone will tell me to shut up if I'm wrong.
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:36 PM   #4
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yeah, you need to add cinnamon and other spices during the boil, otherwise you'll barely extract any flavor out of it.

you can also make a tea now, and add that.
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:46 AM   #5
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also if he leaves them in the secondary for an extended period of time, it will extract plenty of flavor.

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