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Old 02-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Came across some jack Daniels oak chips for grilling flavor, was wondering if these are ok to use? I don't see why not, I read the back of bag and no added chemicals! Pretty much straight oak chips soaked on jack!

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Old 02-22-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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You probably can if you sterilize them, but I would be careful on quantity and time. I used 1.5 oz of medium toasted american oak in an IIPA and it was very strong. Chips add a lot more than cubes.

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Old 02-22-2012, 02:26 PM   #3
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I LOVE the JD chips. I like to toast them and add them to beers. They are SUPER powerful and impart flavors of whiskey and oak fast.

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I've never had an oaked ipa, how are they? I've got my own oak cubes I toasted and have wondered how they are.

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I oaked a porter with 2 oz of medium toast cubes. The cubes were soaked in 16oz of makers mark for about a week, then I added both the bourbon and oak to the beer.

I let it sit in secondary for about 2 months and its now in bottles.

When I sampled it during bottled, it has a pretty strong, but very drinkable oaky flavor. Delicious

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I've never had an oaked ipa, how are they? I've got my own oak cubes I toasted and have wondered how they are.
I did a DFH 90 min with the JD chips. By the time you can really taste the chips flavor it overpowered the hops. I had a bottle the other day (possibly the last one) and it still tasted as I remembered it did at almost a year old granted all the hops faded to bitter at that point.
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I wouldn't use more than 2-3oz of the chips soaked in 2-3 jiggers of plain vodka in a tight lidded container in the fridge while the beer is fermenting. It took mine that long to soak up 2/3's of the 5 jiggers of Beam's black I soaked them in. So 7 or 8 days is pretty strong. So 2-3 oz chips to 2-3 jiggers vodka in this case should be a bit less intense at 5-7 days in secondary.
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Let's get some mesquite beer in the pipeline!

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I've been kicking that Mesquite thing in the back of my head as my next wood aged ale. I was thinking of using it in a brown ale with maybe 3oz of 3 different spicy German hops. Like a Western rouchbier of sorts. Also do a medium toast on the mesquite chips in the oven to bring out more flavor. How's that sound?
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The iipa is in my recipe list. It was probably in my best beer.

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