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Oak Cubes with Tequila?
« on: December 28, 2015, 06:53:24 PM »
Has anyone heard of anyone trying to soak oak cubes with Tequila instead of rum or bourbon? I have 2 bottles of Espolon private stock Reposado tequila and since it so amazing on its own, I wonder if it would be good with beer?

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Re: Oak Cubes with Tequila?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2015, 06:57:19 PM »
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Re: Oak Cubes with Tequila?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2015, 06:58:28 PM »
I think Drew Beecham did a tequila aged beer at one point. I've seen others. can't imagine why it wouldn't be good. I don't know that I'd use stuff good enough to drink alone though. A lot of the complexity of the booze is lost because it's such a relatively small amount compared to the beer.

But give it a try, pour a glass of beer and mix in a few drops/ml of the booze. it will be different than that but similar.
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Re: Oak Cubes with Tequila?
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2015, 07:02:12 PM »
I just figured Id get the vanilla out of the oak cubes and then the hint of tequila (especially in the finish)  just wasn't sure. 

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Re: Oak Cubes with Tequila?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2015, 04:35:50 AM »
Definitely can be done. You'd be surprised by how well tequila works with many styles.

I wouldn't use anything expensive but I would go with 100% agave. I use a blanco rather than something with any color or barrel aging. It's common for coloring to be added to tequila. Gold or joven is always artificially colored while reposado and anejo are barrel aged but may be artificially colored as well. You don't know how the caramel coloring will transform under fermentation. The blanco is visibly pure and allows you to independently control the agave and oak flavors.
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Re: Oak Cubes with Tequila?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2015, 03:25:49 PM »
Definitely can be done. You'd be surprised by how well tequila works with many styles.

I wouldn't use anything expensive but I would go with 100% agave. I use a blanco rather than something with any color or barrel aging. It's common for coloring to be added to tequila. Gold or joven is always artificially colored while reposado and anejo are barrel aged but may be artificially colored as well. You don't know how the caramel coloring will transform under fermentation. The blanco is visibly pure and allows you to independently control the agave and oak flavors.

what styles would you suggest?

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Re: Oak Cubes with Tequila?
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2016, 11:01:25 PM »
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Re: Oak Cubes with Tequila?
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2016, 08:11:38 PM »
Here's what I eventually ended up calling One Night in Tijuana and it's an Oat wine
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I saw in your signature it says Peanut Butter Jelly Time, can I ask what beer/recipe that is?