Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Is 5 days long enough for oak in fermenter?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-23-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
earwig
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
earwig's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 827
Liked 22 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default Is 5 days long enough for oak in fermenter?

It looks like people generally recommend leaving oak chips/cubes in for a week but at the same time many say the smell/taste is over-powering. I am wondering if 5 days would be enough time for oak because that would work well with the schedule I want to use on my next batch. Thank you.

__________________
earwig is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2010, 03:36 PM   #2
TipsyDragon
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: California
Posts: 2,607
Liked 21 Times on 19 Posts

Default

the only advice i can give you is to taste it yourself and see. homebrewing is all about making what YOU like. keep in mind that the taste will mellow with aging.

__________________
TipsyDragon is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2010, 03:41 PM   #3
mr_bell
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 394
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I'll be clearing out my secondary of Apfelwein this weekend and transferring my old ale along with some Bourbon soaked oak cubes. I anticipate 2 weeks in the secondary before bottling, but not sure yet. This will depend on the taste--so I will sample out of the secondary every week or so to see where its at. I've heard too that the oak flavor will fade over time. Once bottled I do plan on aging this beer for 1+ years with periodic sampling of course to see how its progressing.

__________________
mr_bell is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2010, 03:47 PM   #4
starrfish
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Florence, SC
Posts: 2,031
Liked 28 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 25

Default

buddy just oaked an American IPA. Oak chips went in for 6 days in primary after fermentation stopped with a 1/2 oz of cascade, came out great! can't wait to try it again in a few more weeks.

Side note: cubes take longer to work than chips. Less surface area on cubes and can have a "sealed" side from when it was a barrel.

Chips work faster. 2 ounces for about a week, seems about right for me.

__________________
Yankee Sand Flea on a Southern Beach.

“Son, you are a walking violation of the laws of nature, but you’re lucky, we don't enforce them laws.”

Last edited by starrfish; 03-23-2010 at 03:50 PM.
starrfish is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wort blew top off fermenter after 2 days desurfer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 14 10-28-2013 11:29 PM
What's the easiest way to keep fermenter cool during the hot summer days? MrEcted1 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 05-23-2012 12:05 AM
is 5 days in the fridge at 35 - 40F too long? GLoBaLReBeL Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 01-25-2010 08:13 PM
BEST fermenter cooler on hot days cheschire General Techniques 8 06-23-2009 04:24 PM
new computer, 8 days, TOO LONG! beta pleated sheet General Chit Chat 7 01-24-2008 05:27 AM