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Old 07-02-2009, 03:43 AM   #11
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The sanitizing part makes sense. I never thought of that.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:17 AM   #12
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I'm planning to add vanilla beans and a little rosewater to my winter warmer during secondary. I just realized I forgot to add my cocoa nibs, which I had planned to add during boil. Anything wrong with just making the a sludge out of rosewater, vodka, vanilla beans and the cocoa nibs?
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:30 AM   #13
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I'm planning to add vanilla beans and a little rosewater to my winter warmer during secondary. I just realized I forgot to add my cocoa nibs, which I had planned to add during boil. Anything wrong with just making the a sludge out of rosewater, vodka, vanilla beans and the cocoa nibs?
Nope...in fact, I would say adding the nibs in secondary is the way to go. I would have advised against throwing them into the boil.

I recently used 6oz in a 10% dark wheat wine. I sanitized them in vodka for a few days and then tossed the whole thing into secondary. This was for a 3.5 gallon batch. I meant to leave the beer in secondary for only a month, but it ended up being several instead. At bottling the beer had a definite, rich chocolate aroma and flavor. Perhaps less subtle than I intended, but I think it is going to be an outstanding beer.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:19 PM   #14
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Sounds good! You just avoid racking the ooze into the bottling bucket, I'd imagine, right?
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hey everyone so i added my nibs to a brown ale and theres a white film on the top of my beer.....its been 4 days since i added them....2 weeks of fermenting....should i be worried??
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:25 AM   #16
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I wouldn't be.
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:20 AM   #17
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Using nibs for the first time here in a few weeks. Probably use the vodka method for sanitizing as it seems the best. Would there be any benefit or drawback to using one of the flavored vodka varieties? I only ask because I have some caramel vodka lying around.
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I used vanilla vodka to soak my cocoa nibs for a chocolate stout last spring and it worked great. I was going to do vanilla vodka for a vanilla porter, but was warned against it by Adventures in Home Brewing, so I just put those vanilla beans in regular vodka. Adventures said it could result in "vanilla overload." I'm glad I took their advice - my porter has a nice vanilla flavor and didn't need anymore. So, vanilla vodka for cocoa nibs and regular vodka for vanilla beans for me.
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