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Old 07-22-2012, 01:42 AM   #11
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They are small highly concentrated liquid drops. Add at bottling or secondary.

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Old 07-23-2012, 09:23 PM   #12
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Question, the link about the nibs in the porter says cacao nibs can inhibit fermentation. Is this also true in secondary or will the alcohol already produced stop this from happening? I would hate to bottle a beer to find out 6 weeks later that it failed to carb because of it.

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The company has a sale going, 5 for $20, so I also grabbed a double chocolate, Peanut Butter, Espresso, and another Graham Cracker. I was thinking about trying to make something like Southern Tier Choklat with the double chocolate, their Java with the Espresso, then blend some of it together for some Mocha. Not sure about the peanut butter, but maybe a porter.
doing a Reeses stout with peanut butter and double chocolate, pumpkin pie and graham cracker going into this years pumpkin beer.

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Old 07-24-2012, 01:19 AM   #14
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Question, the link about the nibs in the porter says cacao nibs can inhibit fermentation. Is this also true in secondary or will the alcohol already produced stop this from happening? I would hate to bottle a beer to find out 6 weeks later that it failed to carb because of it.
I have used Cacao Nibs quite a few times and have never had a problem with bottle conditioning. I usually add them on day 7 of fermentation and let them rest for 7 days at a ratio of 1 oz. per 1.5 gallons.
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:45 AM   #15
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I have used Cacao Nibs quite a few times and have never had a problem with bottle conditioning. I usually add them on day 7 of fermentation and let them rest for 7 days at a ratio of 1 oz. per 1.5 gallons.
interesting. so how do you get the cacao nibs out? or do you just rack into bottle bucket after the 7 days and leave the nibs with the gunk from the primary bucket. iv been trying to give my ale beers 3 weeks in primary before bottling. but it sounds like you just do 2 weeks? rite?
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:41 AM   #16
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The first time I used chocolate was one of my first beers - an extract stout. I wanted a little subtle chocolate without being too sweet or powerful like Young's or something. I didn't know what to do, so I just bought a bar of bakers chocolate, broke it up, and chucked it into the BK near the end of the boil. The result was exactly what I wanted. You could sense the chocolate, without being too heavy. There were no issues whatsoever with fermentation or carbonation. Next time I brew with chocolate, I'll do the same thing. Don't want to overthink it.

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Old 07-31-2012, 02:30 PM   #17
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Nibs soaked in a few oz of vodka. Add it all to the secondary or primary after fementation has slowed.

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The problem I've encountered with actual chocolate bars (I used about 1oz/gallon Lindt's 95% & 99% in a porter some time ago,) are the milkfats that seem impossible to completely skim out. I still get some up around the neck of the bottle even after months of conditioning. I added the chocolate in the last 5 minutes of the boil. Doesn't really affect the finished product because the chocolate is very apparent in the beer, giving it a nice flavor & mouthfeel. Next time I'll go with the nibs, or a fat-free powdered version.

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The problem I've encountered with actual chocolate bars (I used about 1oz/gallon Lindt's 95% & 99% in a porter some time ago,) are the milkfats that seem impossible to completely skim out.
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I recently brewed a Chocolate Stout for my wife. I boiled 8 ounces of cocoa powder (1 regular sized can) in the last 10-15 minutes. I plan on adding nibs and vodka in secondary.

However, I've heard a lot of people say chocolate extract is the easiest way to get a pronounced chocolate flavor in the beer. I may try that if this method doesn't work. My wife is looking for a strong chocolate flavor, and less roast/bitter flavor. I also added lactose to help boost the sweetness a bit.

There was a LOT of gooey gunk in the bottom of the boil kettle when I racked into the fermenter. I used a copper scrubby pad as a prefilter to the dip tube and it did a great job of keeping the hops and cocoa powder out of the fermenter. If I had known this I would not have used the scrubby. But it's bubbling away, so we will see what the flavor is like in a few more days.

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