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Old 11-11-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Bourbon Soaked Oak Chips, What?

Ok, so i'm doing a bourbon porter. The porter is in the primary and 4oz of medium oak chips are soaking in Makers Mark. The aim is to soak the chips for 2 weeks or so.

1) My question comes in with the secondary, and searching throughout the forum i could never get a consensus answer. When i rack to the secondary with the oak chips, do i completely strain/drain the oak chips or should i pour some of the bourbon with it?

2) How long do i let it sit, i love a local bourbon porter that is pretty strong on the bourbon flavor but not quite overpowering... for anyone with experience, how long will it take to get the flavor? I guess the best way is to just sample it after 2 weeks and then go from there?

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I usually leave about 1/2 cup of the bourbon per 5 gallon in my vanilla bourbon porter. Assuming you're doing a 5 gallon batch, 4oz of the bourbon soaked wood should make itself very well known in about 7 days. The flavor of the wood will mellow slightly with time as well. 2 weeks of 4 oz wood chips will likely impart far too much wood taste imho

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yes, a 5g batch, didnt mention it.

thanks for the response, i definitely dont want the oak overpowering anything so i'll take a sample around 5-7 days to test when to pull it off. Is it a very strong inital flavor that does well to let mellow?

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Yes. I have a bourbon oaked beer that I oaked for 10 days, and it's now becoming drinkable.

I used one ounce of medium toasted oak for three gallons. I bottled it on 8/16/09, and it's now still "oaky" but not as intense as it was. It's now pretty drinkable.

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7ish days should give you an instantly noticeable oak character that should fade into a much more balanced amount in maybe 3-4 weeks

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I pour the bourbon and the oak chips in the secondary.

7-10 days, but really no more. It will take time to mellow out.

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great, it'll be sitting for a bit once it comes off of the secondary so it should mellow well. thanks for the replies! I'm looking to bring a good bit of it to the old man for x-mas.

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Christmas THIS year? Um, well, it'll be really, really oaky then, especially if you use 4 ounces of oak chips like you mentioned in your post. Like I said, I used ONE ounce for 3 gallons back in August, and it's just now becoming drinkable 3 months later. If you want it for Christmas this year, I'd suggest no more than 1 ounce, and just a couple of days!

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Christmas THIS year? Um, well, it'll be really, really oaky then, especially if you use 4 ounces of oak chips like you mentioned in your post. Like I said, I used ONE ounce for 3 gallons back in August, and it's just now becoming drinkable 3 months later. If you want it for Christmas this year, I'd suggest no more than 1 ounce, and just a couple of days!
Yeah.....it takes a long time to mellow out oak...like months sometimes.
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i had bad timing... i know. its only going to be a sample, so i can pass on the sample and bring something else for him to hold him over a few more months. i was thinking of adjusting the oak chips anyway from everyone saying they used much less!

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