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Old 03-06-2007, 11:06 PM   #1
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http://pivo.northernbrewer.com/nbsto...earchTerm=9059

Would this work for beer? Would you do the same ratio as wine?

I love oak character in a beer--but I'm scared to death to use oak chips because of the possible sanitation issue. This would make life so much easier....

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Put oak chips in your Randall.



That sounds dirty doesn't it.

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That sounds dirty doesn't it.
OMFG. Nomination for "possible" best homebrew idea of the year.
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Jack Daniels sells wood chips made from their barrels. They smell like whiskey. Maybe try that in your randall.

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Jack Daniels sells wood chips made from their barrels. They smell like whiskey. Maybe try that in your randall.
BP...I stocked up on those when I saw them last year. Good idea.

Can you imagine the first pint of the "day after Randall beer" after sitting on oak and hops all night long? OMG....
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I use Stavin oak cubes. Slower extraction rate than chips but they provide a more rounded oak flavor. I steam for 15 minutes, cool and add directly to the secondary. I've never had a problem with contamination. Never used the essence but it would definitely be quicker than the cubes.

Edit: I'm scared of my Randall now.

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Stone makes an oak tea that they use for their oaked beers. They do barrel some, but the majority and general oaked beers they release are tea brews.

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So does anyone think the essence would NOT work? What about rates? I don't know anything about wine or its oak characteristics. Would it be similar (as far as a ratio) for beer?

So how would you make an oak tea? Soak the chips, drain the water, cook the tea to sanitize it and add it to the fermenter? Hmmmm..........

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Edit: I'm scared of my Randall now.
Randall not feeling well??
Upset tummy?

I think mine settled down. I ordered some different HW. I'll post if there's an improvement.
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Randall not feeling well??
Upset tummy?

I think mine settled down. I ordered some different HW. I'll post if there's an improvement.
Which filter housing did you buy? Did you post that? I must have missed it.
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