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Old 01-05-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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Default Oak Chips bittering my beer?

I made an IPA with less than 1 ounce of medium toast oak chips. After 3 weeks in the bottle I can kinda taste a dry bitter flavor at the back of my tongue. Could it be the oak chips giving this unwanted bittering flavor?

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Old 01-05-2012, 12:29 AM   #2
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That is Tannis/tannins the wood is full of them. Tannins are water soluble this is why I boil the chips for 10 minutes, strain out the water and then add those chips to the fermentor; when I use the kind of chips you did.

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Will they go away with time? If so how long? I added about .75 oz. to a 5 gallon batch.

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Tannins will fade with extensive aging. Is it also possible this beer is young? If so you may just be drinking green beer. I would let it age a few days and then try another one. If it is getting better then you will know it, if it gets worse then drink them up fast.

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