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Old 09-20-2010, 11:46 PM   #1
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Well I just brewed a Russian Imperial Stout. I have never used oak chips and wanted to see how many ounces you all think I should use for a 5 gallon batch?

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Old 09-21-2010, 12:05 AM   #2
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I'd use 3oz


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Old 09-21-2010, 12:11 AM   #3
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I've seen people post anywhere from 1 - 4 oz. I think it also depends which type of oak chips, US, French, the toast, etc. You can always try a lesser amount 2-3 oz, and just let it sit until it reaches the flavor you like.

 
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:14 AM   #4
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I'd start with an ounce, and see how oaky it gets first. It's very easy to overoak, and then it takes forever to age out. I used 1 ounce in a 3 gallon batch last year, and only oaked it for 10 days, and it took months to taste like I wasn't drinking an oak tree. I used medium American toast.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:03 AM   #5
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I suggest using cubes, since they flavor the beer slower you have a wider window of not overdoing it.

 
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:38 AM   #6
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I'd start with an ounce, and see how oaky it gets first. It's very easy to overoak, and then it takes forever to age out. I used 1 ounce in a 3 gallon batch last year, and only oaked it for 10 days, and it took months to taste like I wasn't drinking an oak tree. I used medium American toast.
+1! I have 2 oaked recipes that I do (vanilla robust porter and a rye pale ale) and have over time drastically cut back on the amount of oak that I use because of way over-oaking with larger amounts. I'm down to 1 oz for a 5 gal batch, and I leave it in for ~2 weeks.

Granted, a imperial stout may stand up to the oakiness better, but with something like this, you're probably better to go low and slow, then add more if you need to later (you're going to want to age this a bit anyway, right?)

FWIW, I also use American oak, but I have been using the light toast and I soak them in bourbon before using them.

 
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:07 PM   #7
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In my recent RIS, I used 1 oz. of Bourbon soaked chips (5gal. Batch).
Tasted great during bottling.

 
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:26 PM   #8
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Great thanks to all. Think I will try with 1oz and let it sit for awhile.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:52 PM   #9
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Great thanks to all. Think I will try with 1oz and let it sit for awhile.
How'd it come out?!

I'm brewing an Imperial Pale Ale and I would like to split my batch bottling half and aging the remainder with light oak chips.


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