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Old 10-09-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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so i'm not sure if anyone here has tried this or not. I was thinking of trying to make a Jack Daniels infused beer. by soaking Oak cubes in Jack Daniels for a week or so and then adding them to a Base beer. I was thinking maybe a Brown ale or a Stout of some sort. Just was curious if anyone here had any advice or even better has tried this in the past.


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Old 10-09-2011, 12:29 PM   #2
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We do it all the time.

Many of us on here have used these in beers quite often. I've used the same bag for years, a little goes a long way.



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'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 10-09-2011, 12:39 PM   #3
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I soaked 1 oak spiral in about 5 oz of Makers Mark along with 2 Bourbon Vanialla Beans... I brewed up a malty Scottish Ale with some peated malt... I'm trying to mimic the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

I'm not saying that the base beer is a scottish ale used by KBB, just thought it would be a good starting point.

 
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:20 PM   #4
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I made a imperial oatmeal stout and soaked a bunch of oak chips in makers mark then put them into the secondary now I'm gonna let it sit for 3 maybe 4 months

 
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:49 PM   #5
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I made a dark ale as a base for my Whiskely ale. All the while it was fermenting,I was soaking 4oz of medium toast French oak chips in 5 jiggers of Beam's Black. After a stable FG was reached,I racked it to secondary on top of the bourbon/oak mixture. I poured the mixture through a hop sack into secondary,then tied it off & dropped it in to rack on top of.
8 days later,it was pretty strong. I conditioned it 9 weeks & 6 days before fridging some for 2 weeks. That amount of time has been better for all my ales. It gives a thicker head,& carbonation to the bottom of the glass.
The whiskely ale def needed all that time to mature to the point where the malt & hops could shine through. So keep that in mind...these take some time to mature.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:26 PM   #6
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thank you all very much for the help. i didn't know they sold jack daniels wood chips will have to get some of them. now time to make a recipe for this weekend.

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:37 PM   #7
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I just made NB Bourbon Oak Barrel Porter kit, but I used 16 oz of Jack Daniels instead of Makers Mark like they suggest. On brew day I added 2 oz of toasted oak cubes to the Jack Daniels, and then after two weeks I racked the beer from primary into secondary with the Jack and oak cubes as well. The base beer tasted great by itself and I plan on letting this one sit for 4 weeks on the oak cubes before bottling and giving away as Christmas presents.

 
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:53 PM   #8
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We do it all the time.

Many of us on here have used these in beers quite often. I've used the same bag for years, a little goes a long way.



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'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 hate to revive an old thread, but how much do you use in say a five or ten gallon batch? A half cup/5G or more?

Could you just put them in the corny at kegging time and go with it, or put them in a bag in the keg?

 
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I would NOT put them in a keg...After a week of contact your beer will be puckerable and will need to age the oakiness out.

As to amount, I've just usually grabbed a handful and put em in a mason jar and cover with bourbon. I've never really measured.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #10
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I use about 2oz per 5 gallons + the bourbon they were covered in.
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