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Cocoa nibs

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sharpe1987
beers 8 º 19:13 Tue 1/29/2013

I think Id like to add some cocoa nibs for a nice chocolatey flavor/aroma in my imperial stout. How much would be appropriate for an 8.5% five gallon in the secondary?

I believe uplands Teddy bear kisses ages their IRS on cocoa nibs. Love that beer.

 
reakt
beers 949 º places 7 º 00:45 Wed 1/30/2013

I recently did a 5.2% porter with nibs. I was given 140g from my local choclatier so I added 70g each to two 5gal pins, one with oak chips and one with pecan. I tapped the casks just over a week later and you could just about taste it. Not sure if that was due to the wood though? Id do at least 100g if I did it again, they were roasted and quite pungent also...

 
elkhunter36
places 10 º 05:06 Wed 1/30/2013

We have made a Chocolate Milk Stout from Northern Brewer a couple of times. It comes with 4 ounces of cocoa nibs. We add them to the secondary and then they go into the keg. The longer the beer is in the keg the stronger the chocolate taste gets.

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 14:09 Wed 1/30/2013

Id recommend adding some vanilla. To me, a touch of vanilla really rounds out the chocolate flavor.

 
sharpe1987
beers 8 º 12:38 Sun 2/3/2013

Any suggestions on brands/types of chocolate?

I have heard people say they used the Ghiradelli 70% cacao/cocoa

My worry is getting too much oil and killing any head retention

 
afterglow
beers 1047 º places 11 º 16:52 Sun 2/3/2013

Originally posted by sharpe1987
Any suggestions on brands/types of chocolate?

I have heard people say they used the Ghiradelli 70% cacao/cocoa

My worry is getting too much oil and killing any head retention



Terr Amazon is a really good nib that you can get at whole foods or any other Peruvian nib you can find.

 
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beers 2409 º places 100 º 22:53 Sun 2/3/2013

jesse friedman (Almanac) shared some tips about using cocoa nibs. he used them in his biere de chocolate which is phenomenal. you have to be careful about extracting fats as these can cause problems separation and rancidity. you also need to be sure the addition is sterile. using vanilla extract in an alcohol medium at low temp over the nibs pulls flavor without too much fat and sterilizes as well. decoction minimizes ethanol before addition to secondary. I think thats what he said.

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