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Title: spice amounts?
Post by: rbowers on October 24, 2012, 03:18:01 PM
I am brewing up a holiday ale tonight with a belgian dark strong ale as the base, 6 gallon batch.  OG ~1.075, IBU ~ 17.   I was a little unsure on the amounts of spices but this is what I have so far:

2 sticks cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground nutmeg
1 oz peeled fresh ginger (minced)

I am also throwing in 1lb of dark brown sugar for some of the fermentables.

I was going to add all at 10 minutes left in boil unless someone can advise otherwise.  Does anyone have a critique on the amounts?  Should the cinnamon be ground up prior to adding? 
Title: Re: spice amounts?
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on October 24, 2012, 04:28:59 PM
That may be too much ginger but it is hard to say. I used 1-1/4 oz grated ginger root in a lighter beer a while back and is was way too much. I just brewed the same beer and dialed it down to 1/2 oz but I am not sure of the results yet as it is still fermenting. In a darker/stronger beer, it probably will not be as noticeable though and it does mellow out with time.
Title: Re: spice amounts?
Post by: Joe Sr. on October 24, 2012, 04:45:00 PM
Should the cinnamon be ground up prior to adding?

Not necessary.  Especially if you're putting the sticks in the boil.  You ought to get pretty good flavor.

I have thrown a couple sticks into the keg before and gotten a nice cinnamon flavor that way, too.
Title: Re: spice amounts?
Post by: snowtiger87 on October 24, 2012, 08:36:33 PM
When are you planning on putting the spices in? I suggest as late in the boil as possible.
Title: Re: spice amounts?
Post by: bigchicken on October 24, 2012, 09:46:11 PM
When are you planning on putting the spices in? I suggest as late in the boil as possible.

I agree with this. The last spiced beer I did I added all the spices, including whole cinnamon stick, at flame out. Turned out great. Kept the spice aroma.
Title: Re: spice amounts?
Post by: Jimmy K on October 26, 2012, 03:15:42 PM
Should the cinnamon be ground up prior to adding?

If ground up, you'd likely need much less as you'll get much better and quicker extraction.