Yeah, many time. Delicious! I usually parboil them first.
That's a good idea. I wish I had thought of that. This is my first try at it.
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Really don't know why I obsess over the ABV!
If you're like me it's because you like sharing your brew with friends, and the ABV is one of the first questions they tend to ask about.
Also nonbrewers tend to expect you to know all the answers. But you don't, you're learning. "By you I mean you and me." After my first batch was done I had just followed a recipe and new none of the science behind how I made beer, they all bombarded me with questions and my only response was that I boiled a bunch of stuff and it turned into beer.
With all of that work, and a desire to bottle after 4 weeks of waiting, I FORGOT TO SCRUB THE INSIDE OF THE BOTTLES WITH A BOTTLE BRUSH
If you soaked in OxiClean, I don't think this is an issue. To be honest, I just rinse my bottles right after pouring - no scrubbing. The only time I ever use my bottle brush is if there's visible crud on the bottom that won't rinse clean. Frankly, OxiClean should get most of that. My bet is that you'll be fine.
I kept getting clogged bottling wands and finding hop matter in my beers until I got one of these.I strain using 5 gallon paint strainers. That's a great strainer, anything special about it and where did you find it?
As an added bonus it helps oxygenate my wort.
I got it at midwest supplies. It is stainless steel. I throw it in the dish washer after each use.
1. I don't know about minimum, but I've got a couple of jars of chips and bourbon just sitting around waiting. I also use all of the bourbon they soak in, not just the chips.
2. As long as you enjoy the flavor. I wouldn't waste top shelf bourbon as that's simply better by itself. I use a variety of cheaper good tasting bourbons.
3. No worries.
4. I use mason jars. If the plastic bowl has a lid, that should be OK. I'd be worried about picking up flavors from the plastic, though. Perhaps unnecessarily so.
5. I don't think I've gone beyond seven days. Maybe 10 or so. I would taste it every couple of days to check. Pull the chips when you hit the flavor you like.
FWIW, I like the flavors of the darker oak chips.
So you are saying the chips themselves never go into the beer? I just use them to flavor the bourbon then pour that in?