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Old 03-10-2009, 02:23 AM   #1
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I'm so excited to post outside of the beginners' forum!!!!

My next baby is going to be an all grain stout (no, I haven't decided on the exact recipe yet). To get both a coffee AND oak flavor, I'm thinking about soaking 1-2 oz. of oak chips in 1-2 cups coffee liqueur (something like Starbucks at 40 proof) for maybe 7 of its 20-40 days in primary.

First, is 40 proof enough to sanitize the oak chips? And second, is this a stupid waste of 5 gallons of otherwise tasty beer?

Okay, thanks for any help. Back to my first beer...my crazy arse IPA.

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Old 03-10-2009, 04:02 AM   #2
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I think it would be more of a waste of the coffee liqueur. You will get some coffee flavor in your beer out of it, but not a lot. It takes about 1/4 lb of coffee to get decent flavor into a 5 gallon batch. Check out this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/coff...niques-107296/

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Old 03-12-2009, 12:37 AM   #3
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I wouldn't use that starbucks liqueur if it contains fats (milk, etc). You could instead soak the oak in a neutral spirit, say vodka. To get a nice coffee flavor, I prefer cold extraction (grinds in cool water, remove grinds and add liquid to primary).

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Old 03-12-2009, 02:27 AM   #4
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Had a stout last week that was fermented on bourbon soaked oak chips. Gave a nice vanilla flavor. I'd soak the oak in something other than coffee liquer and just use coffee in the mash or boil. More bang for the buck.

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