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Old 02-05-2013, 03:54 AM   #1
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I have a traditional bock lagering right now and am planning on adding some oak cubes. I was planning on adding 2 oz of medium toast french oak for about 10 days and then bottling. I will be taking this beer to a homebrew competition/party, so I will only be able to bottle condition for about 1 month. Is this even enough time to get a hint of oak from the cubes or just forgo them?

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:25 AM   #2
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You'll get oak if you add oak. A month is probably enough for a hint of oak, if you want it noticeable you may want to add more or keep it on longer if you want it intense.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:28 AM   #3
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We make a mesquite bock. We cut fresh mesquite, charr and add in secondary. It add a lot to the beer.

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:52 AM   #4
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Sounds good I'll add it and see how it turns out

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:53 AM   #5
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Good luck on the beer and the competition!
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:05 AM   #6
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thanks, it's a friendly competition among friends so as long as I like the brew, all that matters

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:39 PM   #7
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10 days is almost nothing with cubes. If you need flavor faster, I'd consider chips.

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:56 PM   #8
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How about almost 20 days? I don't want huge oak flavor

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:24 AM   #9
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I've used medium toast American cubes for 14 days for a nice delicate oak flavor.

IMO, cubes give a better more complex flavor than chips.

Maybe consider just adding more cubes?
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