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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, 01:14 AM   #21
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Cubes: (impart flavor much slower) for aging after primary (in keg) use about 1-2 oz for 5 gal 5
months-1 year
---No point to using cubes if only aging for a month or so.
------The more the beer sits on the cube it penetrates deeper causing a variety of flavors
------The more oak you apply the shorter amount to time it takes to show itself
------The flavor is different depending on amount placed and time left
------The flavors that come out first from the oak only become more defined with age
---It takes 3-4 weeks to notice flavors are melding (especially with cubes)
------Vanilla and caramel are first, then spices and cloves later on
------Toasted coconut for lighter toast oak
---Oak cubes will dissolve to “little nubs” after 1 ½ -2 years of keeping them in a keg (Jamil did this with an English Barleywine, which became an award winning beer)
---Too little oak for too long creates bad tannins
---Too much oak does not create complexity of flavors before it becomes overwhelming (varies between different styles of beer)
Thanks, going by this I'll probably oak for 3-4 months. I'll probably just soak the vanilla beans in the bourbon for a few days prior to adding it to the beer, but not actually add the beans to the beer since they would be sitting there for months. From what I gather, the alcohol in the bourbon should extra most of the flavor in a few days anyway.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:16 AM   #22
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just wait until you get back... yeast clean up is your friend. last few days on bourbon soaked vanilla, oak it first.
Are you saying to wait until I get back to take it out of primary? Cause that will be about 6 weeks in primary, which is a bit long, isn't it?
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nope! 6 weeks still good! let your yeast clean up. you'll be fine! oak and vanilla when you get back.
Many times I let my primary go that long then dry hop or oak... won't hurt anything. if you've never done it try it. I've found a longer primary does great things to final bottled product and even better force carbed kegged beer

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Old 03-17-2011, 12:46 AM   #24
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dlm, i dont mean to steal your thread but I brewed this beer sunday and am currently at a 1.030 gravity. How low did you get your FG to? I have a packet of windsor and 2 packets of nottingham and im debating repitching to get this thing going again.
I racked this to secondary this evening, I forgot to take a gravity reading until after I had racked it over ~18 oz of Maker's Mark, but the reading came out to be about 1.014. I'm pretty impressed with the Wyeast 1728 yeast so far!
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:48 AM   #25
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I accidentally let two of the vanilla beans go into the secondary and have left them there so far. Will they cause bad flavors if I leaving them there for two or three months while my beer ages?

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I let the oak cubes soak in about 18-20 oz of Makers Mark for about 4 weeks with 2 vanilla beans. I fermented 2 weeks in primary, 2 weeks in secondary before adding the bourbon, chips, and vanilla beans. I bottled on 17th. My FG sample tasted great, but very heavy on the bourbon. I sampled a bottle on Sunday, and was pretty much fully carbed, but the taste needs to settle out alot. It was really heavy on bourbon. Some nice vanilla coming through.

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Thinking of bewing this kit but was wondering if anyone has kegged this brew instead of bottling? Everything I've read about has involved bottling. Is there a benefit for bottling over kegging this type of beer? Does the aging process work better in bottles?

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:31 PM   #28
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I have not kegged this before, but I'm sure that would be just fine. However, I would age it on oak in secondary for a few months, then keg within a few weeks of when you want to serve it.

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