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Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« on: November 05, 2014, 04:22:31 pm »
First Choco Milk Stout. I am planning to simply add the nibs in the secondary and rack the stout onto them.  How do you add cocoa nibs?  ...melt them first?  ...use a liquid of some kind to melt them?
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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2014, 04:55:05 pm »
I am planning to simply add the nibs in the secondary and rack the stout onto them.  How do you add cocoa nibs?  ...melt them first?  ...use a liquid of some kind to melt them?
open the bag and i soak them in vodka, put in nylon bag and drop them in. 48 hours is all i need to get the desired taste and smell.
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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2014, 05:56:41 pm »
you can't really melt cocoa nibs. they are like a nut.
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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2014, 06:10:48 pm »
you can't really melt cocoa nibs. they are like a nut.

yes bean like for sure. and fI ound that they make a nice cocoa infused vodka also.
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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2014, 06:11:19 pm »
I skip the vodka soak and add them in a bag directly to the secondary or keg.  I would pull them out in three or four days or when you get the taste you want.
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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2014, 06:38:27 pm »
I add them in a bag directly to the secondary or keg.  I would pull them out in three or four days or when you get the taste you want.

+1.  Same goes for coffee beans, oak chips, vanilla beans, etc.
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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2014, 07:04:54 pm »
I have found vodka soaking and adding until it tastes right works best for cocoa nibs. And this is an "ingredients" post, not "all grain" .... just sayin'. ;)

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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2014, 01:54:59 pm »
Id recommend the vodka soak for at least 12-24 hrs. I've used organic nibs a couple times and got an infection. Since I'm very particular with cleaning and sanitizing I assume they were the culprit.

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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2014, 04:06:31 pm »
Id recommend the vodka soak for at least 12-24 hrs. I've used organic nibs a couple times and got an infection. Since I'm very particular with cleaning and sanitizing I assume they were the culprit.
and i actually think the vodka starts breaking down the nibs, and allows them to filter in into the beer. that's why i dont leave them in very long and get a nice cocoa taste pretty quickly.
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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2014, 05:26:44 pm »
I put the nibs in a small bag and into the finished beer for about four days then pull them out.  I've never been a big fan of vodka and i guess I'm not so afraid of anything bad on the nibs.
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Re: Choco Milk Stout: How do you add the cocoa nibs?
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2014, 05:33:37 pm »
I like to take some nibs and expresso beans and throw them in a liter of vodka. Makes a nice flavored shot to chill or use for choco coffee martini.


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