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Old 10-07-2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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I'm brewing the Holiday Ale with the kit from Midwest Brewing. I tweaked the recipe just a little bit, but after touring the JD Distillery in TN, I heard about storing beer in the oak casks. I've thought about putting oak chips in the secondary, but I'm not sure how it would taste with a holiday ale. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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Old 10-07-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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The best of both worlds would be to brew the kit as is and then rack half of it to a secondary with some oak spirals / chips. Be sure to sample every few days to get the level of oak you want. If you happen to overoak it a bit, you can dilute it down with some of the non oaked version.

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Wow, great idea. I have a free 1 gallon carboy and can spare it. It sounds like it will need to sit for a while longer than the other version, but I'm excited about it. Thanks for the tip.

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Using oak chips will get a lot of flavor in about 8 days from my experience. You can soak them in bourbon/whiskey in an airtight container while fermenting. Then pour all through a hop sock into secondary,tie it off & drop in. Rack on top of it. Or boil the chips in 1C of water for 15 minutes or so,then cool covered & proceed the same way as above.
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