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Old 12-27-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I would like to know if it will be a good idea to boil some oak chips, than let them cool in some maple syrup and let them in for like a weak or moor to let the chips take the taste of the syrup

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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That sounds like a great idea.

When I used wood chips in a Dubbel I'm fermenting I soaked them in whiskey overnight and added them to the boil. I'm not sure if you'd need the whole week for the chips to take the flavor.

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
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What are you looking to do with these chips?? If you want to add the flavor to a beer, then don't soak them. Add the oak chips (cubes are far better though) without soaking them in maple syrup. Add grade B syrup if you want some really great flavor from it. Using grade A will leave you wishing you hadn't (flavor is not worth the premium you pay). You can buy a quart of grade B syrup (from Amazon) for about the same as you'll pay for a pint of grade A at the grocery store.

IF you're going to soak the chips in anything, do it in alcohol and dump everything in. Boiling them will extract the flavors from the chips. If you don't add the water you boiled with, too, you're throwing away all that flavor.

IMO/IME, any beer that will benefit from a wood addition is already a high enough ABV to prevent something bad from coming over on the oak. IF you're paranoid, give them a dunk into some Star San, then drain and add.

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:49 PM   #4
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thank you all for your reply it's relly appreciate

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I just was struck by a few questions regarding wood chips this morning.

First, I've got a dubbel that I've moved from primary fermentation to another growler for secondary fermentation. Since I haven't added any sugars to it that is technically aging, right? Well I've seen a number of "oak-aged" beers, if I were to add oak chips to my beer while it's aging, it should produce a similar effect as aging the beer in oak chips, correct? Since at my local wine brewing shop a 5 gallon Hungarian oak aging cask costs $230 CDN, and a much cheaper but similar effect is fine by me.

Second, my local hardware store carries these for meat smokers. http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/2/OutdoorLiving/BBQAccessories/BBQTanksBriquettes/PRD~0851679P/Jack+Daniels+Wood+Chips.jsp?locale=en, their actual chipped bourbon casks (or whiskey, if you don't like calling JD bourbon). Would these be suitable for brewing with after they've been sanitized?

What if I wanted to try experimenting with other kinds of wood, say maple or hickory? How would I go about doing this? I would assume I'd have to get said kind of wood, chip it by hand with an axe and dry it a bit in a kiln and then start using it as I would oak. Do these kinds of wood impart specific flavors to beer, or are they too mild flavored compared to oak to leave a noticeable flavor?

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To answer one of my own questions, regarding the JD wood chips, I spoke to the owner of my LHB shop about it. He said you shouldn't use them because the oak was most likely chipped in an oiled machine and the wood could have come in contact with said oils. So unless you like hints of 10W-30 in your beer you should stay away from it and just smoke meat with it.

The other questions are still up in the air though.

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