How much whisky to add to beer?

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Morning All, i brew from extract and i am looking at having a go adding whisky to some of my beer at bottling.
I am about to bottle an IPA and a Scottish Heavy, what quantity of whisky per pint should be added to enhance but not ruin the beer or whisky?

I am bottling so I dont ruin the whole batch was only going to do about 20 bottles of each, I am also using a good single malt Dalwhinnie or the Jura.
 

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Seems a waste of a good single malt to me. Why not just have whisky chasers with your beer?
Yes i get what you are saying, but i like to experiment to get different flavours and strengths of alcohol then i have a varied selection of beers for all occasions. I bottle so i dont get bored of the same thing.
 

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I use oak staves that came from a barrel originally, they are normally soaked now for 6+ months in bunnhabain malt as it was on offer in sainsburys. A full bottle too 15-20 litres of stout. They only need to be added for 1x week in a secondary to still add an oaky taste. They’d been used maybe 6x times now 👍
 

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I use oak staves that came from a barrel originally, they are normally soaked now for 6+ months in bunnhabain malt as it was on offer in sainsburys. A full bottle too 15-20 litres of stout. They only need to be added for 1x week in a secondary to still add an oaky taste. They’d been used maybe 6x times now 👍
The stout is a copy of brewdogs Islay paradox with a re-iterated mash and lastly came in around 12%abv before adding the whisky, even with the cost of the whisky it’s still around £1 per 330ml bottle compared to when I last had a one of brewdogs was £10 a bottle 😳
 

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The stout is a copy of brewdogs Islay paradox with a re-iterated mash and lastly came in around 12%abv before adding the whisky, even with the cost of the whisky it’s still around £1 per 330ml bottle compared to when I last had a one of brewdogs was £10 a bottle 😳
Ooh that's pricey, I Morrisons have an offer on at the moment, £20 for the Jura and £25 for the Dalwhinnie.
So it should work out at 78pence per pint.
I made a honey based mild with mead yeast that was nice 6% and smooth that with the local honey cost £1.22 per pint.
 

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It was brewdog and innes gunn that got me started !)
There’s a good Marmalade hazy ipa ✅
And a Sherry red ale, amongst my recipes
 

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Ooh that's pricey, I Morrisons have an offer on at the moment, £20 for the Jura and £25 for the Dalwhinnie.
So it should work out at 78pence per pint.
I made a honey based mild with mead yeast that was nice 6% and smooth that with the local honey cost £1.22 per pint.
The bunhabain Is matured in Sherry barrels and gives it a more creamy flavour.
 

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Perhaps try getting a beer in a glass, and adding a small measured amount of whisky to it. Increase it, until you have the taste you want. I'm aware once it's added during the process it'll taste a bit different, but it gives you a really strong starting point.
I've done this with hops and a cafetier before. Works well!
 

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Perhaps try getting a beer in a glass, and adding a small measured amount of whisky to it. Increase it, until you have the taste you want. I'm aware once it's added during the process it'll taste a bit different, but it gives you a really strong starting point.
I've done this with hops and a cafetier before. Works well!
I whilst bottling opened an IPA I added 16ml (1 tablespoon) to it and it was pleasant to drink and not too overpowering. I will see what it turns out like when it's sat for 2 weeks as both the Jura and Dalwhinnie are strong in flavour.
 

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I did the Greg Hughes Vanilla Bourbon Stout some years ago and it was awful.
I would not suggest adding whisky to beer in the same glass.
Maybe in the same stomach?
 

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I brewed a stout with Whisky and notably the taste strengthened with age, and it is now almost overpowering. So I'd add much less next time. From memory it was about a bottle to a 19 litre batch.
 

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I whilst bottling opened an IPA I added 16ml (1 tablespoon) to it and it was pleasant to drink and not too overpowering. I will see what it turns out like when it's sat for 2 weeks as both the Jura and Dalwhinnie are strong in flavour.
I bottled the beers and I added 15ml (1 tbl sp) per 500ml bottle.
Now they have finished I have had a couple of each, the Scottish heavy and whisky work very well together and give a hint of the whisky oak, smoke,peat but don't overpower the flavour of the beer.
The IPA is a bit too nice as the Dalwhinnie is not too peaty and went down like a fat kid on a see-saw.
I am sure it's not to everyone's liking but I have enjoyed this and my whisky drinking brother who said it was a crime against the drinks industry, had a taste and his approval was given, he even took a bottle of each for later consumption.
 

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I bottled the beers and I added 15ml (1 tbl sp) per 500ml bottle.
Now they have finished I have had a couple of each, the Scottish heavy and whisky work very well together and give a hint of the whisky oak, smoke,peat but don't overpower the flavour of the beer.
The IPA is a bit too nice as the Dalwhinnie is not too peaty and went down like a fat kid on a see-saw.
I am sure it's not to everyone's liking but I have enjoyed this and my whisky drinking brother who said it was a crime against the drinks industry, had a taste and his approval was given, he even took a bottle of each for later consumption.
To add to this it tastes better to bottle with it rather than just putting it in when it's in the glass.
 

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I have added whiskey to a porter with great results.
Soak some oak chips and a vanilla pod in 500mls of whiskey (you don't need anything fancy) for 1 week.
Add the whiskey at bottlling time (23 litre batch).
Give great barrel aged complexity to the beer.
 

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