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Old 02-06-2014, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default Brewing Imperial Stout this weekend, quick question

Hey guys, I know this has been mentioned before but I did not find an answer to this specific question.

I bought some medium toast American oak CUBES, and plan on soaking them in whiskey for a week or more for secondary. My question is for an Imperial Stout, 5 Gallons, around 9-10% ABV, will 2 ounces of this type oak cubes be enough to add a nice rounded flavor?

I have seen people mention using anywhere from an ounce to 4 ounces so I am confused as the best route to go. I am assuming 2 should be enough and just checking it about once a week to see how its going, but should I use more oak since there is more alcohol or is this a situation where more isnt always better?

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Old 02-07-2014, 10:10 PM   #2
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2 should be fine, but the key with using any amount is what you said- checking on it frequently.

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2 oz of whiskey will have a very noticeable impact in 5 gallons. 2 oz of chips will be ok for 2 - 4 weeks of secondary.

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I always say that all beer should taste primarily like beer. Of course I just violated this by making a 2.5G batch of Chocolate Porter that I murdered with cocoa nibs. So, IMO better to have it under oaked than over oaked. 2 oz of bourbon should be fine in 5G.

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Exactly what cyclman said, a little oak goes a long way in my experience.

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