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Old 11-23-2010, 04:24 PM   #1
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These were at the local grocery, oak chips guaranteed to be from JD oak barrels used to age bourbon.....


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They are marketed for smoking, that didn't cause me to buy them over generic hickory chips, but for a stout I have aging, I figured why not?

I plan to toast them and add to secondary.

 
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I've been using them for years, they work great.

Lately I've been steaming them in a small collander for 20 minutes, and then I soak them in a mason jar full of more jack for a week or two, then dump them bourbon and all into the secondary. And at 7 bucks for a huge bag, you get a lot of uses of them.

I got that trick from biermuncher.

I've also been dry toasting them lately. I use one of my cast iron pans, get it hot, and then drop them in the pan and move them around for 5-15 minutes or so. They will darken, and toast up really nice. I've just been going by nose more than anything.

I do that, then steam and then soak in jack.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:48 PM   #3
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And I've just been Smoking Steaks with them!!!
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:27 PM   #4
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Great! That is the kind of testimony I wanted Revvy!

 
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:17 AM   #5

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I've been using them for years, they work great.

Lately I've been steaming them in a small collander for 20 minutes, and then I soak them in a mason jar full of more jack for a week or two, then dump them bourbon and all into the secondary. And at 7 bucks for a huge bag, you get a lot of uses of them.

I got that trick from biermuncher.

I've also been dry toasting them lately. I use one of my cast iron pans, get it hot, and then drop them in the pan and move them around for 5-15 minutes or so. They will darken, and toast up really nice. I've just been going by nose more than anything.

I do that, then steam and then soak in jack.
I'm gonna be giving this a go soon. Revvy, how much of these chips have you been using in a ~5 gallon batch?
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:00 PM   #6
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Hell its $4.99 and is no where near as much wood as a barrell.

1 bag or 2 is my only dilemma.

 
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Sweet! I will definitely be trying this.
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I'm gonna be giving this a go soon. Revvy, how much of these chips have you been using in a ~5 gallon batch?
Maybe a couple times I've weighed out a few ounces, but I generally just grab a small handful, and pick out the really small pieces (so they don't break down too much and become a choking hazard.) I've never really measured them.
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Maybe a couple times I've weighed out a few ounces, but I generally just grab a small handful, and pick out the really small pieces (so they don't break down too much and become a choking hazard.) I've never really measured them.
How long do you usually let the beer sit on the oak?
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How long do you usually let the beer sit on the oak?
A week, 10 days tops. I tried it for 2 weeks once and it took 6 months to tame the beer. Thank god oak fades with time, so if you over oak it, it WILL mellow.
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