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I am brewing a Scottish wee heavy tomorrow. I am kicking around the idea of soaking 2 oz of oak chips in single malt scotch and adding to this in secondary.
Two questions:
1. Has anyone else done something similar, and how did it come out?
2. Does adding the soaked oak chips put this into a different BJCP category?

I guess that's really 3 questions.

I have actually had a commercial oak aged wee heavy.  The oak was not overpowering, so I wouldn't leave it in too long.  The type of oak chips makes a difference.  American oak is very strong, Hungarian oak not quite as much and French oak even less.  Start with a week and give it a taste.  Check it at least once a week until you are happy with it.  It will change the judging category to 22C Wood aged beer if the oak is detectable.  I have oak aged an RIS before and you have to be careful or it can get pretty oaky.

Joe Sr.:
I do exactly what you are proposing with porters and stouts.  I use bourbon, instead of scotch, and recently used rum.

If you can, put the chips into a bag when you add them to the beer and tie it off so you can pull it out.  Taste it every so often to see when you hit the oak level you want and then pull out the bag.

Alternatively, you could just add the scotch that has been oaked.  I typically add both the oaky bourbon and the chips.

Well, it's been one week in the fermenter. Checked the gravity. It went from 1.103 to 1.025. Still bubbling away. I think another week, and I'll rack it off and add the oak.

My single malt oaked wee heavy just placed Gold in cat 22 at Drunk Monk, so it can be done. My wee heavy started at 1.100 but had finished rather sweet (but in style) at 1.040. The tannins, and scotch tamed it a little, and definitely added some depth.


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