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Old 09-06-2013, 01:46 AM   #501
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I'm loving the cubes. I had done chips before on an IPA and it tasted good albeit a tad one dimensional in oak flavor. The cubes I'm using now are Hungarian with multiple toasts so there is a very big profile...its just taking longer. I'm OK with the time frame...a stout this big is definitely a winter beer.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:08 AM   #502
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Ok, so I jumped to gun and popped my two bottle conditioning beers early for a family party. Just opened a few but here is my feedback. I really liked the Saison. It was tasty and all tasters agreed. I did not like the Simcoe IPA. It may just need time but I would rate it B+. I may just not like that hop flavor and/or it needs more time.

 
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:14 AM   #503
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:00 AM   #504
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Is it Weyerbacher Double Simcoe? Try one more bottle and try it very cold. Anything with hefty Simcoe has alot of onion upfront if its warm. I thought I didn't like Hopslam at first for that reason.
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:31 PM   #505
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It was just a single hop IPA with Simcoe. I'll let it sit for another week then try them again. I was also pretty drunk when I drank them.

 
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:26 PM   #506
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I've been using Jack Daniels oak chips and haven't noticed a drastic oak effect from two weeks in secondary after soaking in bourbon for a bit. Maybe I just need to up the amounts I'm using, but the cubes may be a much better option.
I used chips on a dubbel I made last year, and their contribution was pretty faint. I only soaked them for a week, though. I thought they'd present more surface area, so they'd be better than cubes, but now I'm wondering if maybe volume is more important than surface area.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #507
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Most recipes call for and ounce of smaller chips in secondary. I use 3 ounces of cubes that have soaked for at least a month for flavoring properties.
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:06 PM   #508
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I use 3oz of chips per 5 gallons when I want to oak a beer. Usually 5-7 days is more than enough to impart the oak character I'm looking for....

 
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:03 PM   #509
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Thanks for that. I should have written down how much I used, but I think it was less that that. Maybe 2 oz for 4 gallons. I'll try more next time, since I've got plenty left.
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Oops, I accidently drop 4 hours out of my way to buy a kegerator with 3 cornies for a GREAT deal today. Got it from the For Sale forum. $175 got me a fridge, 2 taps system, 3 cornies, spare parts, cleaner, and more!

 
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