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Old 12-20-2011, 11:05 PM   #1
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Brewing a RIS and thinking of adding bourbon to the secondary. Has anyone tried this? How did it work out? How much?

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Old 12-21-2011, 12:15 AM   #2
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Add it to the bottling bucket rather than secondary.

Test it in a similar beer in the glass to see what the impact if it is. A good place to start is 10ml (2 teaspoons) in a 12 ozs bottle. If that is the amount that seems fine for you (again try it), there are roughly 50 bottles in a 5 gallon batch, which would mean you would need 500 ml, or half a liter.

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Old 12-21-2011, 12:31 AM   #3
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Agree with above... I used about 16 oz in 5 gallons... which is about 500 mL and it's perfect....

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I added to secondary and bottled two weeks ago. I opened two bottles yesterday and they hadn't carbonated at all, completely flat, no bubbles. Is it possible I killed the yeast with the bourbon?

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Old 08-12-2012, 03:52 PM   #5
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Add a few oz of oak chips to the secondary and scale back the bourbon to 5oz. A lot of the bourbon flavor is oak anyhow so they compliment each other perfectly

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Old 08-12-2012, 09:05 PM   #6
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I added to secondary and bottled two weeks ago. I opened two bottles yesterday and they hadn't carbonated at all, completely flat, no bubbles. Is it possible I killed the yeast with the bourbon?
Unless you added a LOT, I really doubt you killed the yeast with the bourbon.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:41 PM   #7
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I added some bourbon to the last dozen bottles of a coffee stout I made. That was a couple months ago and I cracked one of each, and the one with bourbon added definitely had less head than the one without. It has some effect, but I would say you just need to wait longer.

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Old 08-13-2012, 06:02 PM   #8
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Thanks all! I found a lot of people having a similar problem on another thread that seemed to be a very similar recipe (vanilla bourbon barrel porter). Sounds like it's just slower than normal. I added about 12 ounces to 5 gallons.

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