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Old 07-06-2013, 09:26 PM   #11
Dec 2011
Orlando, FL
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Sounds like it's easy to over do it. I figure a RIS should stand up to it pretty well, but I'll take it easy. I'd rather barely taste the oak than have it be assertive. Thanks for the input!

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:08 PM   #12
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Oak chips actually have a lot more surface area than say, cubes or spirals. They will very quickly over-oak a beer and should be used in small amounts (an ounce or less) in a grain bag for small batch brewing. By small batch, anything under 15 gallons. My scotch wee heavy only gets a treatment of one ounce of scotch soaked light toast oak chips for 3-4 days prior to bottling. This works very well in such a high gravity beer but easily overwhelms smaller beers.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:18 PM   #13
Jun 2012
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I had the same problem with my first and only batch that I used bourbon soaked oak chips in. The flavor was way too harsh and tannic. Since then, I've only aged in a 5 gallon whiskey barrel and have yet to have one that is over-oaked. I'm also going to attempt using cubes at some point that have been soaked to see how the French oak does in comparison to American.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:41 PM   #14
Apr 2013
Lombard, Illinois
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So just to finish up this thread: I aged it for 20 days at room temp. Cooled it again this weekend and tasted, everything is right where it should be! Thanks for the suggestions and help. I lost some of my dry hopping, but this is still an awesome beer. Next time I will only do 1 ounce, for 2 days max.

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