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Old 10-02-2011, 02:55 AM   #1
brewsochist
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I have a cyser that i made and I'm about to add some pears to it. I was wondering about putting oak chips to it and what anyones results with oak chips (what kind of oak too) might have been with any mead variant or cyser. This is my third brew of anything alcoholic. my recipe 15 lbs of honey 5 gal H2O and two gallons of cider and three yellow delicious apples. I was gonna mash up and top it off with pears once the pears ripen.

 
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:27 AM   #2
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Not much to say about what type of oak to use (if I were you, I'd look up the different flavor profiles of each and decide what sounds most fitting; those descriptions are pretty accurate), but I would suggest you use oak cubes instead of chips. The cubes allow for slower extraction of the oak flavor, and thus more depth of flavor.

 
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:28 PM   #3
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And boil them for a bit before adding them. I forgot this step the first time I oaked something and it is very very oakey.

 
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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Hmm, I had thought this step was for sanitation purposes. This would explain why my "moderate" oaking came out so strong the first time.

 
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:58 PM   #5
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I did too, that's why I just steamed it.

 
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