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Old 10-27-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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going to move a whiskey barrel stout to the secondary today. calls for the oak chips to be boiled for 5 minutes to be sterlized. Can I add the vanilla bean to the same pot ,boil with the chips and then add all of the liquid along with the chips I will be placing them in a small grain bag ) should i soak the bean in a shot of bourbon before I boil.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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Don't boil the bean. You'll get a much different flavor if you do. I would also hold off on adding a vanilla bean to the batch. You'll get vanilla flavor from the chips in a few months. So unless you want even MORE vanilla in it, I'd not use it (at all).
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:27 PM   #3
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How long are you going to condition your beer? I agree with not boiling the vanilla -- just soak it in some bourbon. Remember to split the beans lengthwise and scrape everything into the bourbon, then dump it all in.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:57 PM   #4
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call for 4 weeks in secondary

 
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:01 PM   #5
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should i leave it longer. its a brewers best kit

 
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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You want to be careful how long you keep your beer in contact with oak and vanilla. The best suggestion is periodically to taste it, and take it out of secondary when you have the flavors you want.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:26 AM   #7
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For me, a month is a good starting point for oak. BUT, I'm using Hungarian oak CUBES. Very different product. I did use some American (or was it French?) oak the first time I added any to a batch. I'd have to look back through my notes to see how long I left it there. I DO know that the oak flavor was really nice early on, but 2-3 months later it had changed to VANILLA!! No vanilla was used in the batch. This is why I caution you on using both items in a batch.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:37 PM   #8
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Thanks I will taste it after 2 weeks and go from there

 
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