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Brewing with Oak Chips from Mr. Beer

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I'm going to brew the "BREAKFAST STOUT EH" and in my kit I was supplied with Oak Chips, which I'm suppose to soak in syrup and bourbon. Doing some reading on other home brewing forums, I've read of people needing pre-soaking their oak chips in boiling water or even vodka or inexpensive bourbon, to get rid of the intense bitterness that oak chips can add to homebrew - they say its enough to ruin your beer! I would imagine the ones provided by Mr. Beer have been pre-treated and are ready to go? Or should I do some sort of pre-soak before using them?

 

Any advice on this would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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I used them to make Lock/Stock Bourbon Stout with no "pre-soaking" and it turned out great.

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