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Old 01-15-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm going to be brewing a Imperial Amber Rye and thought it would be nice to experiment with some medium smokey bourbon soaked oak chips.

My question is when should I put them in, during the boil with the hops? or is it something that I should put in the primary?

I'm looking to add a little more boldness to the recipe I don't want it to be a crazy overpowering oak taste.

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Typically you want to age the beer on oak or in a barrel after primary fermentation is complete. Transfer the beer off the yeast cake into a secondary vessel and add the chips then.

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So if I have 4oz of chips should I use them all of just 2oz? I don't really know what kind of strength to expect from them.

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So if I have 4oz of chips should I use them all of just 2oz? I don't really know what kind of strength to expect from them.

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It's more likely gonna be trial and error for how long you want to age it. Might as well use them all and let it sit for a predetermined amount of time then bottle it and hope for the best. If it is too strong then next time use less or age for a shorter time. Oak doesn't impart a ton of flavor really.
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