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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 ...
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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