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Offline dougcogley

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Cocoa Nibs
« on: October 18, 2011, 05:08:13 pm »
I am making a Chocolate Coffee Stout and I will be adding Cocoa Nibs into the secondary fermenter.  We have done this with a previous batch and got the gusher virus.  Does anyone have a recommendation on how to sanitize these to eliminate any contamination issues.  I have read soaking in Vodka...  What about sanitizing with Star San?

Offline EHall

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Re: Cocoa Nibs
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011, 05:47:32 pm »
no to star san.. just use vodka.
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Offline hoser

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Re: Cocoa Nibs
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 07:32:06 pm »
Never had a sanitiation problem addining cacao nibs directly to my beer.  I treat them just like dry hops.  I suppose you could cold steep them in vodka.  My guess is you had a sanitation problem along the way unrelated to the cacao nibs.

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Re: Cocoa Nibs
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2011, 04:44:22 am »
Another vote for steeping in vodka for a few days and then adding the whole thing to the secondary (including the vodka).
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Offline fightdman

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Re: Cocoa Nibs
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 08:17:59 am »
I've always soaked the nibs in grain alcohol for a few days before adding to the keg to "dry nib" them there.
« Last Edit: October 20, 2011, 08:21:36 am by fightdman »