Brewer: Doug Odell Brewery: Odell Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, Colo. Years of experience: Eight Education: BS in Geology from California State University at Sonoma; extension courses on brewing at University of
Different from oak, the most common wood used in brewing, Spanish cedar imparts citrus, spicy white pepper, and sandalwood flavors, with aromas similar to a cigar box. It doesn’t have the oak tannins that conflict with hops, making it a good wood option for hoppy beers.
When it comes to chocolate flavored beers, adding cocoa products may not be necessary but certainly can greatly enhance the final beer. But the intricacies of what, when, and how you should add the cocoa is often a debated topic in the brewing world. We decided to delve into the nitty-gritty with three professionals highly versed in what it takes to get the best when combining cocoa and beer.