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Why do my spice flavors disappear when my beer is chilled?

It's a combination of human perception and physical science. Volatile compounds are less volatile at cold temperatures (physical chemistry), and the human nervous system is dulled or numbed slightly ...
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Coriander: Seed vs Ground?

You'll get the best flavor if you use whole, and coarsely crack it before adding.
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Coriander: Seed vs Ground?

I buy whole coriander and use a mortar and pestle to crack the shells before adding it to the boil. Whole coriander keeps longer and will give a fresher aroma than pre-ground. To grind it at home, a ...
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The "correct" step to add cinnamon and vanilla?

I brewed a Cinnamon Porter two weeks ago. It just went into bottles. I added two cinnamon sticks that were chopped in a food processor to primary fermentation. While primary was bubbling away, I put ...
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The "correct" step to add cinnamon and vanilla?

Haven't done anything with cinnamon, but have used a high quality vanilla extract (only alcohol extract, no sugars). I use some right at the end of the boil and another infusion in the secondary. I've ...
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What's the best technique to add rosemary to a beer?

I have added it to numerous pale ales. One of my recipes uses cascade and northern brewers hops and it works great. You want to shoot for a greater body too so if you are running all grain do about ...
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Determining the amount of herbs to use

Their are 3 ways to do do this that will yield good results: Cold brew the tea and add it to primary or secondary Add the Rooibos during flame-out Add the Rooibos to the boil We highly suggest the ...
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Fruity saison: to use juice or not to use juice

Usually you can get all that from hops and yeast esters. But if you do want to use fruit you can. If you puree peel and all I recommend the addition to go in after the boil on the chill at about 170°...
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Adding Orange and/or Corriander to Secondary

I added 7g of bitter Orange peel and 7g of fresh cracked (not ground) coriander seed directly into a 25 Litre bucket after 4 days of fermenting a wheat beer. I left them in for 10 days. It seemed like ...
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Coriander: Seed vs Ground?

Also consider putting in a plastic zip lock or other and using a pastry roller. It's also good for cracking small specialty grains that are too small for the setting on your mill.
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Bitter orange and scaling

If you're scaling everything else linearly, you want to do the same with the orange peel, too.
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Modifying Mountmellick's Irish Stout

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 ...
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How should I add mint to my beer?

What about sanitizing it then muddling it, than add it to your bottling bucket and pour your fermented beer over it. Similar to using mint for drinks in a bar the oils will break down and stay in ...
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