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Using Allspice


Lalo Severo — Montevideo, Uruguay asks,

I tried a beer in which allspice pepper had been used and I want to experience this spice in my beer. What style do you recommend for your use? Should I use the allspice berries whole or grind them before use, and at what point in the process should I add it; boil or fermentation?

One of the easiest ways to work a spice into beer recipes is to consider how the spice is used in cooking and then create a beer that mimics the food concept.
Response by Ashton Lewis.