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pingi 12-07-2008 01:41 AM

Sanitizing oak chips?
I have a hard cider in the primary, and I plan on racking onto toasted oak chips for a couple of weeks before bottling. Should I sanitize them before using, and how?

Bobby_M 12-07-2008 02:07 AM

Steam them for 20 minutes.

Grinder12000 12-07-2008 04:08 AM

Yea - I read over at Probrewer that they like to use those Cocoa chips that are used for mulching. Talk about wondering about sanitizing.

brewt00l 12-07-2008 11:46 AM

I've used the tip from a previous zymurgy:
-Place the chips/cubes in a microwave safe container and just barely cover w/ water & cover the container
-microwave until the water boils
-Let sit for 2 minutes
-repeat 2xs
You can pitch both the wood and the water.

Bobby_M 12-07-2008 01:11 PM

Definitely pitch the water in, lots of oakiness in there.

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