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Beech Wood Chips
What it does :
Beechwood chips are used to improve beer aging without adding flavor.
What it is:
Beechwood's advantage is that it is low in phenolics and resins that could impart a woody flavor to the beer.
How it works:
Beechwood chips help the beer aging process by providing increased contact area for settled yeast to accomplish diacetyl and acetaldehyde reduction.
By creating a lattice of thin wood chips at the bottom of the fermenter, it provides a large surface area for yeast cells to settle and act on the beer.
Use 3-5 ounces per 5 gallons. Add to secondary fermentation.
Boil the wood to sterilize it, ensure it imparts no flavor, and reduce its buoyancy. A soda keg may be required for fermentation to enable the chips to fit inside.
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