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COCA NIPS
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:42:30 AM »
I used COCA NIPS for the first time, I Used four ounces in the secondary of a SWEET STOUT, after
8 days I transferred to a keg. I noticed that the COCA NIPS didn't seemed to be dissolved. Question
What is the best way to use COCA NIPS? Should I have steeped the nips first and added 
them to the secondary?

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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2014, 05:52:04 AM »
I'll assume you mean "Cocoa Nips" (I found some VERY interesting but off-subject info by Googling Coca Nips...). I've never used them, but I think they are similar to coffee beans in that they give up flavor during a soak/steep but they don't dissolve. They are pretty much just crushed cocoa beans that have been processed into "almost chocolate".

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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2014, 06:12:05 AM »
Thread title of the year so far. Just sayin'.
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2014, 06:16:28 AM »
I've only heard them called cacoa NIBS and they are the crushed beans of the cacoa tree and are later turned to cocoa. I've done vodka soaks a few times but apparently they will also impart flavor wwith soaking in the beer. They will not dissolve.
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2014, 08:29:53 AM »
I have used 4 ounces of cocoa nibs in five gallons of bock.  I put them into the keg in a bag and pulled them out after four days.  Nice chocolate flavors.
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2014, 08:48:02 AM »
I tried putting my nips in the beer but I don't think they imparted any flavor.
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2014, 04:26:38 PM »
OK your right I misused the name it is COCOA NIBS,  Thanks for the info, I put the nibs direct into the
secondary but should have put them in a bag.  I was looking for a bit of chocolate aroma and flavor to
my sweet stout. I think I will get it, I'll check it in a month.

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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2014, 04:53:13 PM »
I usually do Cacao Nibs in a vodka soak, but I think they will be fine in the beer. I would start sampling after about a week, and then do it every 2-3 days until it tastes right. I don't know for sure, but if you wait for a month, you may end up with too much flavor, or an off flavor that develops. I don't think you need to worry about them being in a bag, they will sink to the bottom, and you can rack off the top of them. I like cacao nibs in dark beers, but I find the more robust the beer flavor, the more nibs I need. I use 2oz in a mild, but 4oz in a robust Porter.
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2014, 05:11:53 PM »
I have been told by the head brewer at Cigar City that after four days they tend to develop off flavors, but I don't recall what flavors he mentioned.
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2014, 05:13:15 PM »
I have been told by the head brewer at Cigar City that after four days they tend to develop off flavors, but I don't recall what flavors he mentioned.

In Vodka, I usually put the nibs in on the same day the yeast are pitched, so about 2 weeks. I have not noticed anything that I would consider an off flavor. However, it may be different in beer.
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2014, 07:37:14 PM »
Nipsey Russell?
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2014, 02:30:35 AM »
OK your right I misused the name it is COCOA NIBS,  Thanks for the info, I put the nibs direct into the
secondary but should have put them in a bag.  I was looking for a bit of chocolate aroma and flavor to
my sweet stout. I think I will get it, I'll check it in a month.

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Very close! Actually it's cAcoa nibs. But we can let that slide. ;) try the vodka soak method. Works well. The amount of nibs you need will depend on the amount of chocolate flavor you want. 2-4 oz per 5 gallon batch witness enough vodka to cover the nibs for 3 days or so works well for me.
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2014, 08:22:55 AM »

Very close! Actually it's cAcoa nibs. But we can let that slide. ;)

Actually, it's cacao nibs. But we can let that slide ;)
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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2014, 08:27:37 AM »
Whatever. ;)
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Re: COCA NIPS
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2014, 03:23:02 PM »
Nipsey Russell?

Well done, sir.      ;)
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