What is the best way to use cocoa nibs? Do you crush them, crack them leave them whole? Steep and remove pre-boil, leave in boil, add at flameout? Add them only during secondary? How long?

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I have found that using them just like a dry hop works well. Throw them in to secondary and you should be able to rack your beer out without picking up any nibs. *(I have heard of people calling it dry nibbing)


Roast the nibs to bring out their flavor then use them in the secondary. Roast like you would coffee or in a heavy skillet over medium heat until fragrant and flavorful.

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