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Old 09-05-2008, 07:54 PM   #1
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Should I boil the cinnamon sticks before putting them into the primary or just throw em in after I mash them up?
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:23 PM   #2
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Be careful with spices... I added 2 cinnamon sticks and 5 cloves to a 3 gallon batch of apfelwein, was overpowering. I heated them up in a couple cups of juice to sterilize and steep them before adding to the apfelwein recipe.

 
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:25 PM   #3
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Be careful with spices... I added 2 cinnamon sticks and 5 cloves to a 3 gallon batch of apfelwein, was overpowering. I heated them up in a couple cups of juice to sterilize and steep them before adding to the apfelwein recipe.
Im guessing it was the 5 cloves, haha, I think adding one is usally pretty overpowering
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:45 PM   #4
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I boiled two whole sticks in about a cup of water for 3 minutes then poured the whole thing in with the sticks.
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Old 09-06-2008, 12:29 AM   #5
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Im guessing it was the 5 cloves, haha, I think adding one is usally pretty overpowering
Yeah, thankfully the clove has settled down since then. Its drinkable for a quick lite refreshing buzz

 
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Old 09-06-2008, 08:27 AM   #6
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i boiled a half stick of cinnimon and about 6 ntwists from a nutmeg grinder to add into a 1 gallon test batch.... dunno how it tastes yet since its not done. but ill keep ya posted on what happens.

its been just over a month now... ill prolly bottle it flat in another week or 2 and see how she goes.
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:51 AM   #7
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so yeah... my spiced apfelwein plan... waaaaaayyy overpowering. i prolly would have been happy with the same amount of spices that i listed above in a 3 gallon batch.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:47 AM   #8
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I broke 4 cinnamon sticks in half and boiled with about a cup of the juice. They stayed in for the whole fermentation and aging (about 4 months total). It turned out very cinnamon-y...in a good way.

 
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:11 PM   #9
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Since I am on my first batch of Apfelwein I can't say how much cinnamon but I did add some to a mead I made last year. I used ground cinnamon, and a little goes a long way. I added 1/2 teaspoon to 5 gal when I bottled it, and you can still taste it.

The process I used, was add cinnamon to a small amount of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add to bottling bucket.

 
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:28 AM   #10
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I boiled 3 cinnamon sticks in a small amount of water and added it to the secondary. I left it in the secondary for 3 weeks before racking to the keg. It was the hit of our annual Novemberfest.

 
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