How to sanitize wood chips
  • jlwjlw
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    Finally getting around to oaking my beer after meaning to do this like a month ago.

    Anyway, was wondering what are some common ways to sanitize wood chips? I have read you can steam them. What about toasting them?

    And these are French Oak chips.
  • JayrizzleJayrizzle
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    I've always roasted them, two birds with one stone. Soaking them in whiskey works too.
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  • jlwjlw
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    I've always roasted them, two birds with one stone. Soaking them in whiskey works too.



    How long do you roast? I have no bourbon or whiskey on hand so that idea is out.
  • JayrizzleJayrizzle
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    jlw said:

    I've always roasted them, two birds with one stone. Soaking them in whiskey works too.



    How long do you roast? I have no bourbon or whiskey on hand so that idea is out.


    Depends what you want out of the chips. If you want smokey go 475 until your smoke detector tells you it's done. If you want toasty 300 ish till slightly colored, or dark colored, depends what flavors you want. If you want no roasted flavor boil 'em for a few min.
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  • JayrizzleJayrizzle
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    If your beer is over 3% abv don't worry about it too much. As long as you didn't find them on the floor of a new York city subway.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    jlw said:

    Finally getting around to oaking my beer after meaning to do this like a month ago.

    Anyway, was wondering what are some common ways to sanitize wood chips? I have read you can steam them. What about toasting them?

    And these are French Oak chips.



    toasting!
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  • ThymThym
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    I wouldn't bother boiling, it would be pretty ineffective unless you could keep them submerged and even then you just be leeching all of the good flavor compounds out anyway. Steam works, not too wet. Or dry heat from the oven.

    I'd use alcohol, effective + added flavor. Any booze would work.

    The other alternative would be to char them lightly with a torch. But that will give you a whole different flavor profile.
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  • C_BC_B
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    Lakewood said:

    I wouldn't bother boiling, it would be pretty ineffective unless you could keep them submerged and even then you just be leeching all of the good flavor compounds out anyway. Steam works, not too wet. Or dry heat from the oven.

    I'd use alcohol, effective + added flavor. Any booze would work.

    The other alternative would be to char them lightly with a torch. But that will give you a whole different flavor profile.


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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    C_B said:

    Lakewood said:

    I wouldn't bother boiling, it would be pretty ineffective unless you could keep them submerged and even then you just be leeching all of the good flavor compounds out anyway. Steam works, not too wet. Or dry heat from the oven.

    I'd use alcohol, effective + added flavor. Any booze would work.

    The other alternative would be to char them lightly with a torch. But that will give you a whole different flavor profile.


    Torch!


    depends on the initial toast level. if it's lightly toasted, you should be ok, but the cubes i have are already medium toast. adding more charring wouldn't be ideal.
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