When in the brewing process should I add the chips?
That is completely up to you. Our chips have been used in the mash like a grain, in the boil for flavor, and soaked after brewing like tea. It all depends on your vision as a brewer, do what sounds fun to you and let us know how it turns out!
What kind of flavor do chestnuts add?
This partially depends on how the chips are used in brewing, but generally they add a light nutty flavor and a smooth, creamy finish. While the flavor can be subtle, it melds other flavors and brings a balance to your beer.
How much beer can I make from each pound of chips?
On average, when soaked after brewing, 2lbs will yield 1 barrel. More is needed if you are using the chips instead of grain (as in gluten-free beer for example), but the exact quantity will depend on your use (or nonuse) of other sources of sugar.
Can I eat the chips?
You sure can! Go ahead, try it. Be careful, though. Once you start eating them, it's hard to stop, and you'll need them for your beer.
Where do the chestnuts come from?
Trees, chestnuts come from chestnut trees. Where are the trees, you ask? Across the United States. We start with our partners right here in Michigan to get as many nuts as we can from close to home. After that, we call our friends in Florida, Washington, and elsewhere for more delicious U.S. chestnuts.
Have these chestnuts been roasted on an open fire?
No, we leave that to Bing Crosby. Our chips are meticulously craft toasted to ensure they are perfectly toasted and our product is as consistent as we can make it.