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View Poll Results: How long should the NB BBP be on 2oz of Medium Plus Oak Cubes?
~3 Days 2 4.65%
~1 Week 4 9.30%
~2 Weeks 13 30.23%
~1 Month 12 27.91%
~2 Months 4 9.30%
~3 Months 8 18.60%
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:45 AM   #11
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a month and a half seems long even with cubes
taste weekly. medium toast is not really strong but more so than light. start tasting at minimum of 2 weeks.

I'll be doing vanilla too even though Cruzan Black strap has a bit of a vanilla kick from the sugar cane.
Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately I'll be heading out of town for my sister's wedding exactly two weeks from when I'm planning to start oaking. Hopefully I'll have enough free time to bottle before I go if need be, or that it'll be good with the extra time on oak until after I get back. Even if it gets a little too oaky, hopefully the 6+ months aging will help smooth it out.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:51 AM   #12
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a month and a half seems long even with cubes
taste weekly. medium toast is not really strong but more so than light. start tasting at minimum of 2 weeks.

I'll be doing vanilla too even though Cruzan Black strap has a bit of a vanilla kick from the sugar cane.
good to know, I may start the bourbon soak when I drop it into the secondary but hold off on adding them in until im about 4 weeks out from bottling.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:56 AM   #13
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good to know, I may start the bourbon soak when I drop it into the secondary but hold off on adding them in until im about 4 weeks out from bottling.
My thought was to soak the cubes in bourbon with the vanilla beans for a few days, then put that in the carboy and siphon the beer on top of it all, so it gets mixed well. Is this method any better than simply pouring the bourbon and cubes on top of beer already in the secondary, or should I consider letting the beer sit in secondary for some time before adding bourbon and oak?
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wait until you get back if you can. add oak first then vanilla I'd say about 5-7 days for vanilla longer on the oak. It won't hurt anything leaving it on the trub... yeast will do it's clean up in that time. used booze soaked vanilla once and a week was plenty.

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whats the bourbon do in terms of bringing up the abv, do you guys know? I was just reading some other porter threads and got curious what the actual numbers are

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whats the bourbon do in terms of bringing up the abv, do you guys know? I was just reading some other porter threads and got curious what the actual numbers are
It'll add roughly 1% ABV.
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alright thanks again

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not much.. 1% or less depending on how much you actually add. at the recipe level 1% sounds right...

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This should really help, everything you need on oak:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/tips-wood-aging-119445/

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This should really help, everything you need on oak:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/tips-wood-aging-119445/

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that's the one... I knew there was a post i used from here!

just wait until you get back... yeast clean up is your friend. last few days on bourbon soaked vannila, oak it first.
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