Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Open to All!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Oak Chips in IPA
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-15-2009, 02:14 AM   #1
amazinglarry
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: new york
Posts: 100
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Oak Chips in IPA

Brewing an American IPA and was wondering how much to use. Any experience would be much appreciated. Thanks.



amazinglarry is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 02:41 AM   #2
hercher
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Scranton
Posts: 926
Liked 49 Times on 46 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

If you've never used them, err on the side of caution. You can always add more. I would start with 4 oz, and keep them there for about 3 weeks.


__________________
Brody's Brew House

Primary: American Pale Ale, Coffee Porter(
Seconary: Don't use one, generally
Kegged: Saison
Planned: Either a brown ale or a Scottish Strong Ale

"For a quart of ale is a dish for a king." - Shakespeare
hercher is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 03:15 AM   #3
Runyanka
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Runyanka's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Providence Village, Texas
Posts: 1,551
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I just oaked my Arrogant Bastard clone, and I threw in 2oz of medium toast chips, and plan on leaving them on the oak for two weeks. Hope this helps, this is my first oaked beer, but I did a bunch of research on it before attempting. It all depends on what flavor your going for. You can always leave it on a week or two, and take a taste sample, then leave it on more if you need it.
__________________
Diverse Haus Brewery
Runyanka is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 10:52 PM   #4
DrDirt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 173
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Don't forget to sterilize them first. I soak them in vodka.
DrDirt is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 11:05 PM   #5
MarsColonist
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Live Music Capital of the World, Texas
Posts: 391
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
I just oaked my Arrogant Bastard clone, and I threw in 2oz of medium toast chips, and plan on leaving them on the oak for two weeks. Hope this helps, this is my first oaked beer, but I did a bunch of research on it before attempting. It all depends on what flavor your going for. You can always leave it on a week or two, and take a taste sample, then leave it on more if you need it.
you might want to taste that after a couple of days. those chips have lots of surface area.. i oaked with 4oz of chips for 1 week in a Forbidden Fruit clone. it *still* tastes like wood after 8 months.

alternately, i did make an english IPA with 1 oz of (boiled 5 min) american oak cubes *in the primary* for 14 days. awesome flavor.
__________________
Cheers!
-------------------------------

"Luck is when opportunity meets preparation" - Seneca


Austin Zealots
MarsColonist is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 65,116
Liked 5932 Times on 4230 Posts
Likes Given: 1514

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by maxhavoc View Post
you might want to taste that after a couple of days. those chips have lots of surface area.. i oaked with 4oz of chips for 1 week in a Forbidden Fruit clone. it *still* tastes like wood after 8 months.

alternately, i did make an english IPA with 1 oz of (boiled 5 min) american oak cubes *in the primary* for 14 days. awesome flavor.
Yep- even 10 days might be too long with an ounce of oak. It'll taste like oak, and nothing else at all, for a very long time if you use too much.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Follow me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2009, 02:47 AM   #7
Killinger
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Ballwin, MO
Posts: 127
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I put light American oak chips in a double IPA a couple of years ago. I boiled the chips to sterilize. I think it was in the secondary for 14 days (poor notes). The oak flavor was not overpowering, but there was a ton of flavor in the IPA itself.

However, I just cracked the last bottle of it a few weeks ago. It was the oldest bottle in my basement. It was also the first homebrew I've ever dumped. It was like gnawing on a mossy oak stump. Earthy. Undrinkable.

So, the moral of my story is: oak it but drink it within a reasonable amount of time.


__________________
DHK

"I'm Dr. Henry Killinger, and this is my magic murder bag."
Killinger is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Oak Chips Brewmeister Jeff General Techniques 8 04-14-2013 04:47 PM
When and how to add oak chips? portlandbeergeek Recipes/Ingredients 5 05-01-2009 02:20 AM
oak chips! benpen General Beer Discussion 8 08-21-2008 01:05 PM
Oak chips boodyrischous Recipes/Ingredients 4 05-01-2008 06:23 PM
Oak chips strangecarr Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 09-16-2007 02:51 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS