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hopshead:
So, I love IPAs. I was curious and wanted to tweak some IPA recipes. After reading Vinnie's article in Zymurgy about the Pliny, I was curious about Vinnie's "cube of oak" he used to add to some IPAs with the dry hops. I think I want to try this, dry hops along with with oak cubes/chips. Has anyone done this, what did you think? I also thought about bourbon infused IPAs with the cubes of oak. A smooth bourbon though, like Maker's Mark. Am I nuts, tell me someone has tried it and liked the results. I was also thinking of the base recipe being more like Jamil's West Coast Blaster.

The Professor:

--- Quote from: hopshead on November 27, 2009, 09:50:27 AM ---So, I love IPAs. I was curious and wanted to tweak some IPA recipes. After reading Vinnie's article in Zymurgy about the Pliny, I was curious about Vinnie's "cube of oak" he used to add to some IPAs with the dry hops. I think I want to try this, dry hops along with with oak cubes/chips. Has anyone done this, what did you think? I also thought about bourbon infused IPAs with the cubes of oak. A smooth bourbon though, like Maker's Mark. Am I nuts, tell me someone has tried it and liked the results. I was also thinking of the base recipe being more like Jamil's West Coast Blaster.

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Sounds good to me, but what my tastebuds (or anyone else's) percieve is irrelevant to what you might like.
Why not just try it?

Seriously...It's the only way you'll really know for sure.

deepsouth:
i've got an IPA in a 5.25 gallon american oak medium+ toast balcones blue corn whisky barrel as we speak.  i'll let you know how it turns out! 

i loved the oaked ipa i tried (commercial).

bluesman:

--- Quote from: deepsouth on November 30, 2009, 12:13:45 PM ---i've got an IPA in a 5.25 gallon american oak medium+ toast balcones blue corn whisky barrel as we speak.  i'll let you know how it turns out!  

i loved the oaked ipa i tried (commercial).

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Nice...I'm curious to know how it turned out. I've thought about doing exactly what you're doing but never got around to doing it.

ficklefingeroffate:

I've used oak chips in secondary for an IPA before and all I can say is be careful. American oak tends to have a stronger flavor than French oak so take that into account when deciding on dosage. I put 8 oz. of American oak chips that I steamed for 10 minutes in an IPA I brewed and it turned it into an OPA (Oaken Pale Ale). The flavor wasn't undesireable and mellowed with age, but it overwhelmed the hops. I will definitely try this again, and I can't remember off the top of my head how long I had the chips in contact with the beer, but I think 4 oz. next time might get a better result.

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