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Old 02-26-2014, 01:54 AM   #1
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Default Cacao nibs taste like coffee?!?!

Hey there, I was just wondering if anyone has had luck with cacao nibs in their boil? I used 2 oz in the last 15 min of my winters ale boil, (5Gallons) and after 9 days of fermenting my beer does not taste or smell like any kind of chocolate. I am going to add more to secondary, but my beer actually smelled like coffee!?! Has anyone had any experience like this before? The beer I am trying to mimic is Granville island Lions Winter Ale from BC. It has strong chocolate and vanilla tones. Any help would be great. Thanks!


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Old 02-26-2014, 02:03 AM   #2
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I've never used cacao nibs in the boil but I did dry hop with 4oz of them for 1 week in a milk stout and there was a definite, strong chocolate taste/aroma after the beers had conditioned for a couple weeks but that chocolate taste/aroma has faded a bit as the beer has sat in bottles for a couple months.

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Old 02-26-2014, 10:56 AM   #3
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Thanks, I've never used them, so I thought after maybe I should have roasted them for a better flavour? I am going to add some to my secondary but I don't know where this coffee taste is coming from. Nothing in my grain bill would be close except for the chocolate malt I used, and I have used that before and never tasted coffee

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