Adding cocoa nibs

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Adding cocoa nibs

Post by Midlife » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:07 am

Morning all, when adding nibs during the fermenting stage, what happens to the nibs, do they just drop to the bottom? I was thinking of just dropping them in rather than using a muslin bag.

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Re: Adding cocoa nibs

Post by Cobnut » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:04 pm

I added cacao nibs in secondary (racked from primary) and when I came to keg/bottle they were firmly rooted to the bottom of the bucket with the yeast which had also dropped out.

Note I roasted them at 150C for about 30 mins before lightly crushing. Seemed to be the thing to do according to received wisdom from Mr Google and his chums :)
Fermenting: Summer ale
Conditioning: Quickie Voss Kveik IPA, Make American Stout Great Again
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Re: Adding cocoa nibs

Post by mozza » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:25 pm

I’ve used them in the primary- they sink to the bottom so no need to worry about muslin bags ect
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Adding cocoa nibs

Post by LeeH » Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:22 pm

Put mine in a fine mesh bag after 5 mins of roasting. All the flavour came out as I tasted what was left, pretty tasteless.

It’s an 8% Xmas beer on nitro...yummy.


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Re: Adding cocoa nibs

Post by Meatymc » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:28 pm

Read the perceived wisdom was to lightly roast the nibs before adding to the secondary - DON'T! I read to roast at 175C for 20 minutes - that sounded over the top so did 10 minutes at 140C. From awesome (raw) to aroma-less - never again.

I get there might be a potential for infection used 'out of the packet' but I wanted aroma and taste and ended up with (an expensive) bog standard porter.

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Re: Adding cocoa nibs

Post by floydmeddler » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:13 am

FWIW, I ground mine, steep them in vodka for 24 hrs to steralise then add to secondary. I get a super chocolate hit. I usually add 100g to 19L.

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Re: Adding cocoa nibs

Post by Meatymc » Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:52 pm

floydmeddler wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:13 am
FWIW, I ground mine, steep them in vodka for 24 hrs to steralise then add to secondary. I get a super chocolate hit. I usually add 100g to 19L.
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Re: Adding cocoa nibs

Post by Midlife » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:09 pm

They were right at the bottom, no problem and out of the way when I was dropping the beer into the keg. No need for a muslin bag. :D

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