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Old 11-11-2009, 06:54 PM   #11
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meh, I soaked 1oz med toast american oak in ~8oz bourbon (with 2 vanilla beans) for a week, dumped the whole kit and caboodle in the secondary, been there almost 1.5 months, tastes delicious, may even leave it longer. Gonna bottle with a bit of vanilla bean in each bottle, and keg the other half with some beans as well.


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Old 11-11-2009, 06:59 PM   #12
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yeah i am thinking that the 4oz is overkill and will only be doing between 1-2oz's, i'll take a taste after 7 days and see where its at... glad i ended up asking or i'd have been all oaked up


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Old 11-11-2009, 07:17 PM   #13
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I make a Porter that I oak and I use about 1.5oz soaked in bourbon and I let it sit for some time to mellow out. 1-1.5oz of chips for 5-10 days is about right for a decent amount of oak. I've used .5oz to get just subtle oak flavor in IPA so its very easy to overdo it. I like to add the bourbon that was soaking the chips because it extracts allot of those nice vanilla/caramel flavors from the oak.
If I want more bourbon flavor I just add some before bottle/kegging to taste.
Just pull a sample every other day till it has the oak flavor you want and remember it will fade with time and mellow out nicely.
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I used 1oz medium toast american oak chips that I soaked in bourbon for 1 week. I added the chips and all of the bourbon to 5 gallons. That was in March of this year. I left the beer on the chips for two months and then bottled. The beer was a RIS. Until about 1 month ago, I couldn't taste the beer, only the oak. I just drank one last night and it is getting better. It should be ready to drink this time next year. Next time I'll use about 1/16th as much.
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Just add the bourbon. If you want it ready for this Christmas, the Maker's has enough wood character, as it is.


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I've been thinking about a Bourbon stout for awhile... thanks for all the feedback, and for the OP.

mmmmmm.....
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I've been thinking about a Bourbon stout for awhile... thanks for all the feedback, and for the OP.

mmmmmm.....
ha, not a problem, this thread saved me from having to have it sit for a year if i racked it on top of 4oz


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