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Title: Cocoa Nibs
Post by: dougcogley on October 18, 2011, 11:08:13 PM
I am making a Chocolate Coffee Stout and I will be adding Cocoa Nibs into the secondary fermenter.  We have done this with a previous batch and got the gusher virus.  Does anyone have a recommendation on how to sanitize these to eliminate any contamination issues.  I have read soaking in Vodka...  What about sanitizing with Star San?
Title: Re: Cocoa Nibs
Post by: EHall on October 18, 2011, 11:47:32 PM
no to star san.. just use vodka.
Title: Re: Cocoa Nibs
Post by: hoser on October 19, 2011, 01:32:06 AM
Never had a sanitiation problem addining cacao nibs directly to my beer.  I treat them just like dry hops.  I suppose you could cold steep them in vodka.  My guess is you had a sanitation problem along the way unrelated to the cacao nibs.
Title: Re: Cocoa Nibs
Post by: tygo on October 19, 2011, 10:44:22 AM
Another vote for steeping in vodka for a few days and then adding the whole thing to the secondary (including the vodka).
Title: Re: Cocoa Nibs
Post by: fightdman on October 20, 2011, 02:17:59 PM
I've always soaked the nibs in grain alcohol for a few days before adding to the keg to "dry nib" them there.