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amazinglarry 12-15-2009 01:14 AM

Oak Chips in IPA
 
Brewing an American IPA and was wondering how much to use. Any experience would be much appreciated. Thanks.

hercher 12-15-2009 01:41 AM

If you've never used them, err on the side of caution. You can always add more. I would start with 4 oz, and keep them there for about 3 weeks.

Deuce 12-15-2009 02:15 AM

I just oaked my Arrogant Bastard clone, and I threw in 2oz of medium toast chips, and plan on leaving them on the oak for two weeks. Hope this helps, this is my first oaked beer, but I did a bunch of research on it before attempting. It all depends on what flavor your going for. You can always leave it on a week or two, and take a taste sample, then leave it on more if you need it.

DrDirt 12-15-2009 09:52 PM

Don't forget to sterilize them first. I soak them in vodka.

MarsColonist 12-15-2009 10:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Deuce (Post 1742024)
I just oaked my Arrogant Bastard clone, and I threw in 2oz of medium toast chips, and plan on leaving them on the oak for two weeks. Hope this helps, this is my first oaked beer, but I did a bunch of research on it before attempting. It all depends on what flavor your going for. You can always leave it on a week or two, and take a taste sample, then leave it on more if you need it.

you might want to taste that after a couple of days. those chips have lots of surface area.. i oaked with 4oz of chips for 1 week in a Forbidden Fruit clone. it *still* tastes like wood after 8 months.

alternately, i did make an english IPA with 1 oz of (boiled 5 min) american oak cubes *in the primary* for 14 days. awesome flavor.

Yooper 12-15-2009 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by maxhavoc (Post 1744074)
you might want to taste that after a couple of days. those chips have lots of surface area.. i oaked with 4oz of chips for 1 week in a Forbidden Fruit clone. it *still* tastes like wood after 8 months.

alternately, i did make an english IPA with 1 oz of (boiled 5 min) american oak cubes *in the primary* for 14 days. awesome flavor.

Yep- even 10 days might be too long with an ounce of oak. It'll taste like oak, and nothing else at all, for a very long time if you use too much.

Killinger 12-16-2009 01:47 AM

I put light American oak chips in a double IPA a couple of years ago. I boiled the chips to sterilize. I think it was in the secondary for 14 days (poor notes). The oak flavor was not overpowering, but there was a ton of flavor in the IPA itself.

However, I just cracked the last bottle of it a few weeks ago. It was the oldest bottle in my basement. It was also the first homebrew I've ever dumped. It was like gnawing on a mossy oak stump. Earthy. Undrinkable.

So, the moral of my story is: oak it but drink it within a reasonable amount of time.


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