DetailsBarrels used to be the home winemakers only choice for imparting oak flavor in their wines. These high quality oak cubes allow you to achieve the same quality of oak flavor that you taste in good wines. These are the same cubes used by many wineries in Napa Valley. Oak staves (the wooden strips that oak barrels are constructed of) are air dried for two to three years, then traditionally fire-toasted and cubed. Since three varieties are available, you are able to blend different levels of toast to achieve different effects. While the heavy-toast cubes are recommended for big reds that benefit from a heavy, caramelized oak flavor, they may also be used to supplement the medium-toast cubes for a more subtle flavoring. Many of our customers use a blend of French and American cubes, usually using the French cubes in a higher percentage. We have had success blending all three oaks, again using the French in the highest percentage.
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5.0 / 5.01 ReviewOak flavor1 ounce gives a good strong oak taste. I soak it in bourbon for a month before adding it to the secondary. The flavor will mellow out over a year and may be too intense at the beginning.March 9, 2014
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Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 4 answersHow Much to use per bottle ?BEST ANSWER: Per Bottle? Are you thinking about bottling on top of the cubes? That seems like a bad idea. Unless you bottle with the cubes and drink in a relatively short period, you likely to end up with a brew that is over oaked, perhaps loaded with tanins, with no means to mellow out. If you over-oak a beer, it will mellow out over time in the bottle, or keg; but if you bottle with the oak cubes, you cannot reverse that. Well...I suppose you could just blend them with a fresh batch, but then that seems pointless. For reference purposes, I used an entire bag for 4 gallons (Oatmeal Stout).How big are the cubes, would they fit into a one gallon growler?BEST ANSWER: The dimensions of the cubes vary, but yes, they would fit into a 1 gallon growler.