Oak Aging Question - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Oak Aging Question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-19-2010, 04:57 PM   #1
Haputanlas
 
Haputanlas's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Austin, TX
Posts: 2,975
Liked 59 Times on 58 Posts



Hey Guys,

I haven't Oak-Aged a beer yet and was concerned about Sanitary methods affecting the outcome of the beer.

What I am planning on doing is sticking the Oak chips into the oven at about 300 degrees F for about 30 minutes. However, I will be soaking the Oak chips in Bourbon for a couple of weeks before I do this.

Since the chips will be soaked in Bourbon, I'm worried about losing much of the Bourbon characteristics. Would there be a loss in flavor?

And I guess the next question would be, can I add the chips into secondary without the oven option? Would the Bourbon chips be already be sanitized due to the fact that they have been in contact with Alcohol for that long?
__________________
"There is no strong beer, only weak men"
"Pretty women make us BUY beer, ugly women make us DRINK beer" - Al Bundy
"Give a man a beer, he'll drink for a day. Teach a man to brew, he'll be drunk for the rest of his life."

Primary: Viking Metal, Berliner Weisse
Kegged: Oaked English Mild, Modus Hoperandi
Bottled: None
Notable Empties: Oaked Black IIPA, BBK I, Red IIPA, Burning Bush, Apophis "The Destroyer", Vanilla Porter
On-Deck: Hobbit Ale, The Titan BW, Ale of Olympus

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
liljimmynorton
 
liljimmynorton's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Perry Hall, MD
Posts: 92
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


It is my understanding that soaking them in the bourbon for about a week does the job and putting them in the oven is not necessary.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
Tread82
Recipes 
 
May 2010
Mansfield, TX
Posts: 74
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Just soak the oak. If you want bourbon characteristics add bourbon to taste. Just 6 oz. Or so bourbon won't really impart much.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2010, 07:44 PM   #4
SumnerH
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Alexandria, VA, USA
Posts: 2,057
Liked 31 Times on 27 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Haputanlas View Post
Hey Guys,

I haven't Oak-Aged a beer yet and was concerned about Sanitary methods affecting the outcome of the beer.

What I am planning on doing is sticking the Oak chips into the oven at about 300 degrees F for about 30 minutes. However, I will be soaking the Oak chips in Bourbon for a couple of weeks before I do this.

Since the chips will be soaked in Bourbon, I'm worried about losing much of the Bourbon characteristics. Would there be a loss in flavor?

And I guess the next question would be, can I add the chips into secondary without the oven option? Would the Bourbon chips be already be sanitized due to the fact that they have been in contact with Alcohol for that long?
I'd give them a quick boil to cut down the tannins a bit, then soak them in bourbon for a few weeks, then pitch them directly into the beer without heating again.
__________________
On deck: Little Bo Pils, Bretta Off Dead (Brett pale)
Secondary: Oude Bruin, Red Sky at Morning (Sour brown ale)
On tap: Saison Duphunk (sour), Amarillo Slim (IPA), Earl White (ginger/bergamot wit)
Bottled: Number 8 (Belgian Strong Dark Ale), Eternale (Barleywine), Ancho Villa (Ancho/pasilla/chocolate/cinnamon RIS), Oak smoked porter (1/2 maple bourbon oaked, 1/2 apple brandy oaked)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2010, 09:14 PM   #5
Haputanlas
 
Haputanlas's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Austin, TX
Posts: 2,975
Liked 59 Times on 58 Posts


Thanks, I'll give it a shot
__________________
"There is no strong beer, only weak men"
"Pretty women make us BUY beer, ugly women make us DRINK beer" - Al Bundy
"Give a man a beer, he'll drink for a day. Teach a man to brew, he'll be drunk for the rest of his life."

Primary: Viking Metal, Berliner Weisse
Kegged: Oaked English Mild, Modus Hoperandi
Bottled: None
Notable Empties: Oaked Black IIPA, BBK I, Red IIPA, Burning Bush, Apophis "The Destroyer", Vanilla Porter
On-Deck: Hobbit Ale, The Titan BW, Ale of Olympus

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question on aging RJSkypala General Techniques 2 08-17-2009 10:33 AM
Question about cold aging. Jaha35 General Techniques 5 12-19-2008 12:51 AM
Saison aging question bergman1118 General Techniques 6 08-16-2008 04:22 PM
Aging question!! kfgolfer General Techniques 4 01-07-2007 05:11 PM
Aging question, 2 of them... :) Mike-H General Techniques 7 12-20-2006 03:11 PM


Forum Jump