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I'm making one right now with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg shavings, peppercorns, orange zest, and vanilla bean. I actually didn't add any to the boil. Instead I'm making a spice extract (a jar with some vodka and all of the spices thrown in) and I will add at bottling time to about a quarter of my batch. I've heard from some people that adding spices during ...
My advice to you is just to experiment and have fun with it. For spices, add them to the primary or late in the boil along with your finishing hops. If you want a "pumpkin spice" ale, check the spices in your favorite pie recipe and note the proportions of spice used. For your largest-dose spice, don't use more than 1 tbl per 5 gallons (less is safer, but ...
I used fresh cut basil (a whole bouquet with flowers) at the end of the boil. I expected the hot flavor of the basil to come though (like eating a basil leaf). Instead I got a wonderful Christmasy flavor like the anchor steam Christmas beer.
I generally add spices at the last 5 mins of the boil for ground spices. I'd say 15 mins is fine for most whole spices. Did you add a whole, unpeeled orange into your wort?
The Gingerbread Man Cometh This is my imperial spiced porter. Almost 9% ABV makes it very warming in cold weather. Spiced with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Very good. Ages beautifully.
I'd like to sip a nice warming barleywine or high gravity chocolate stout.
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