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Treat them like other additives (cardamom, rosehips,etc). You can do either. I will add things at the end of the boil to impart more subtle flavor or if I want it to be more noticeable during the fermentation (similar to when people add oak). I had good success adding a couple of cinnamon stocks during the fermentation. I would treat vanilla bean in ...


I use cinnamon sticks for a week in secondary fermentation to great effect. Lightly boil for 10 minutes in minimal water and add if you're worried about contamination. In a 5 gallon batch one stick adds a nice hint in an average ale but will be strong in anything light. Two sticks is for Christmas beer IMO. Vanilla I've used in late boil and during ...

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