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Old 05-08-2011, 01:58 AM   #1
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Default OAK Chips - Charbroil Whiskey Smoker

Hey guys, I just picked these up from a local BBQ grill shop. I'd never heard of these chips before, but they look very interesting. Supposedly come from American whiskey barrels.


I figured these might impart a different flavor than home-soaked chips/cubes. However, I wanted to hear other opinions on whether this is a good idea or not.

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Old 05-08-2011, 03:54 AM   #2
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I guess some specific questions are in order:

1. These chips look pretty light. I think it might be best to roast them a bit. How long should I roast for a medium toast?

2. At what temps should I roast for sanitation? For how long?

3. Does anyone have actual experience with these chips?

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I have a small experimental batch that's lacking complex characteristics. I boiled the chips as they are and added it (No roast). The whiskey scent is very strong now and smells fantastic.

Looking forward to the outcome.

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Old 05-10-2011, 01:29 PM   #4
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Nice find! I think I want to do an Arrogant Bastard Oaked next. That might be just the ticket. Keeps us updated please I hope it works out.

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I'm gonna leave the oak on the beer another week or so. I'll keep you updated

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I use Jack Daniel's brand smoking chips to oak my beers, tthey work great.

Lately I've been steaming them in a small collander for 20 minutes, and then I soak them in a mason jar full of more jack for a week or two, then dump them bourbon and all into the secondary. And at 7 bucks for a huge bag, you get a lot of uses of them.

I got that trick from biermuncher.

I've also been dry toasting them lately. I use one of my cast iron pans, get it hot, and then drop them in the pan and move them around for 5-15 minutes or so. They will darken, and toast up really nice. I've just been going by nose more than anything.

I do that, then steam and then soak in jack.

I wouldn't leave them more than a weak...they are strong, the longer you leave them in the longer you'll need to let them age out.

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I use Jack Daniel's brand smoking chips to oak my beers, tthey work great.
I'll have to find these and run some tests. I plan on splitting my next few brews into 3 or more batches and experiment with different Oak and Oaking techniques.

Any large brand-name stores that carry these?

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Lately I've been steaming them in a small collander for 20 minutes, and then I soak them in a mason jar full of more jack for a week or two, then dump them bourbon and all into the secondary.

I got that trick from biermuncher.
Good idea. Thanks for the info.

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And at 7 bucks for a huge bag, you get a lot of uses of them.
Hell yeah. This giant bag of chips only cost me $4.99. It will take me forever to finish this off.

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I've also been dry toasting them lately. I use one of my cast iron pans, get it hot, and then drop them in the pan and move them around for 5-15 minutes or so. They will darken, and toast up really nice. I've just been going by nose more than anything.

I do that, then steam and then soak in jack.

I wouldn't leave them more than a weak...they are strong, the longer you leave them in the longer you'll need to let them age out.
Thanks for all of the tips. I really want to experiment with different toast levels too.

I can't imagine how long it's going to take me finish all of the experiments I'm planning
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:37 AM   #8
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Used to find them at Wally World all the time. Now that I've wanted to use them for brewing, I can't find them there anymore. Go Figure

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Old 05-19-2011, 04:08 PM   #9
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Just racked the beer to a bunch of bottles with carbonator caps. I should be able to sample the final product in a week or two.

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Keep us posted, I am very interested in this and might do this to a gallon of my braggot. Subscribed!

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