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Old 08-12-2012, 01:14 AM   #1
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Default How much bourbon should I add?

I want to add bourbon to the pumpkin dubbel I'm planning, but I'm not sure how much. I want a hint of bourbon flavor, but certainly nothing that is over powering. I had originally thought of adding bourbon soaked oak chips but then decided to just add bourbon directly. This will be a 5 gallon batch. How much do you think would work well--1 cup?

This will be a gluten free batch so the flavors are different than barley based beer.

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A good rule of thumb is 2 cups per 5 gallons to give decent flavor. That's almost 10 ml per bottle. And adjust up or down from there.

Want to know what this does to a beer; pour yourself a beer (12 ozs) and add 2 teaspoons to it, stir and drink. ....... 0r 1 teaspoon to half a beer.

2 teaspoons = 10 ml: which is the equivalent of about 17 ozs in 5 gallons.

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I recently made a RIS and added one pint (375mL) of Makers Mark to the secondary. The bourbon flavor is not nearly as strong as I thought it would be. It is there, but it does not take over or dominate. A Dubbel is not quite as roasty/rich as a RIS, so you may want to tone that amount down slightly to compensate for the lighter flavors of the base beer.
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You want to add the bourbon post fermentation, at packaging time. Pour yourself 4 2 oz. samples of the beer and dose each with a different measured amount of bourbon. Then taste them. PIck the one that tastes best to you and scale that amount of bourbon up to the batch size. That's how I decided on the right amount of bourbon for my BVIP recipe. Err on the side of too little, if anything.
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Well put Denny.

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