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Old 04-19-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default How Should I add cacao nibs to secondary?

Hello there,

I am about to put my NB Chocolate Milk Stout into the secondary. Been 4 weeks in primary (I planned to have it in there 2 weeks but we just had a baby boy and he's been the priority anyways, what's the best practice and steps I need to take to put the cacao nibs in? I have heard soak in vodka but haven't found step by step instructions of how to go that. I.E. How much vodka, how long, what type of container (mason jar, ??), etc...

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I did a brewers best kit and just dumped them in...

What does the recipe say to do? I guess infusing vodka is supposed to extract more flavor?

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I've brewed the NB CMS 4 times. After 2 weeks, I just dumped them in . left them in for a week or so and racked to my keg. I only primary. Very very tasty !

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Just dumping dry nibs in will minimize their contribution. Cheap vodka or grain alcohol (or rum - I really like dark rum for this) to cover the nibs for a few days or longer, shaking occasionally, then dump the whole thing in and let it sit for as long as you want before packaging, will raise the intensity level by a lot...

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I did well racking onto the nibs and giving a little extra aging time.

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I brewed this a couple months ago. Like day_tripper, I soaked the nibs in alcohol for a day or two and then dumped the whole lot into the fermenter. I used vodka and the results turned out great!


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Do you keg or bottle?Ive searched and so far I haven't heard anyone say anything bad about leaving the nibs in too long. So if you keg just toss em in there.
My best results with nibs I actually just tapped today. I soaked 4oz nibs/1 vanilla bean sitting in a 1/2 pint mason jar filled with enough knob creek single barrel to cover it all for two months. Shook the jar at least once a day. Added the whole thing to the keg with the nibs in a muslin bag. Awesome chocolate flavor. This may not work with your schedule for this brew but its worth a try in the future.

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I bottle. Wish I had the setup for kegging!

However I went ahead and put the nibs in Svedka vodka got a couple days. Tho I almost used Breckenridge bourbon, but stick with the standard. I will definitely take your suggestion for the two months in the future.

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I bottle. Wish I had the setup for kegging!

However I went ahead and put the nibs in Svedka vodka got a couple days. Tho I almost used Breckenridge bourbon, but stick with the standard. I will definitely take your suggestion for the two months in the future.

Thanks for all the suggestions and replies.
Lorne
I think vodka will do just fine. Your basically making the same chocolate extract a lot of people use for baking or in desserts. The longer the nibs soak the better the flavor IMO. Good luck and happy brewing!
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