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Old 05-14-2010, 04:14 AM   #1
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I have some oak chips with brett in them. After I rack the beer i am wondering how to to store them.

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Old 05-14-2010, 01:16 PM   #2
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I dry them out on a rack for a couple days, then toss them into a ziploc baggie. Seems to work alright, but I am moving towards keeping a "house" culture going because I’m not sure how long the various microbes will survive dried onto the wood.

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You aren't worried about contaminating them with whatever other yeasties and bugs are floating about your house? What about storing them in a sealed jar with a low gravity wort in the fridge?

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Call it a house character, I've never had any "off" flavors from doing it this way. You coudl certainly store them in wort, but the bugs will keep working. This isn't a big deal, but certain microbes will do better/worse at those temps (bacteria tend to need warmer conditions than Brett).

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Do you refrigerate/freeze the ziplock bag or keep it at room remp?

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Do you refrigerate/freeze the ziplock bag or keep it at room remp?
I just leave them at room temp, but I try to use them within a couple months.
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I have always done the same store dry in a ziplock but the problem now is I have several random ziplocks that I never got around to labeling. So I guess I will just soak them in water and use them to smoke on the grill.

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