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Old 12-15-2009, 02:14 AM   #1
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Brewing an American IPA and was wondering how much to use. Any experience would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 12-15-2009, 02:41 AM   #2
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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.

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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.

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

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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.
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
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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.
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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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