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Old 02-05-2013, 02:54 AM   #1
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Default Oak cubes in a bock

I have a traditional bock lagering right now and am planning on adding some oak cubes. I was planning on adding 2 oz of medium toast french oak for about 10 days and then bottling. I will be taking this beer to a homebrew competition/party, so I will only be able to bottle condition for about 1 month. Is this even enough time to get a hint of oak from the cubes or just forgo them?

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:25 AM   #2
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You'll get oak if you add oak. A month is probably enough for a hint of oak, if you want it noticeable you may want to add more or keep it on longer if you want it intense.

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:28 AM   #3
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We make a mesquite bock. We cut fresh mesquite, charr and add in secondary. It add a lot to the beer.

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Sounds good I'll add it and see how it turns out

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Good luck on the beer and the competition!

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thanks, it's a friendly competition among friends so as long as I like the brew, all that matters

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10 days is almost nothing with cubes. If you need flavor faster, I'd consider chips.

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How about almost 20 days? I don't want huge oak flavor

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I've used medium toast American cubes for 14 days for a nice delicate oak flavor.

IMO, cubes give a better more complex flavor than chips.

Maybe consider just adding more cubes?

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