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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4.9 / 5.016 ReviewsCubes are GoodCubes are the easiest form of oak for me to handle. Flavor is great; very predictable results.December 26, 2015Useful for beer or wineI used half of the bag to secondary of a massive RIS (soaked in 3 oz of bourbon). Excellent flavor added to the beer after 6 weeks with hints of vanilla. _x000D__x000D_The other half of the cubes were added to a Vintner's Reserve red wine, and gave a nice added touch to the value kit. I recommend!December 4, 2012Good oak flavorVery easy to use, just drop them into the secondary. Taste once a week until it's got the flavor you like, and bottle it. Good vanilla flavor, and not harsh. What I now do is use just one ounce, but let it sit longer. So I get 2 uses for the price of 1.May 30, 2013Gift PurchaseI purchased a few products online for a Christmas gift for my stepfather, and have only great things to say about Midwest Supplies. The variety of beer kits available is terrific. I love the customer feedback, especially tips on adding supplemental ingredients. That is how I found out about the American Oak Cubes which is a small bag of oak tree pieces that can be added during the beer making stage to impart oaky notes (vanilla, toast, complexity, roundness, etc.). I drew on my experience as a wine drinker, and although the beer is not ready yet, I believe it will be delicious!December 31, 2015good oak flavorI let the cubes sit in the primary for 4 weeks before racking to a better bottle. Then I aged it 11 months. The oak taste is very good. Not harsh, with nice character. I can see taht if you forgot and left them in too long the beer would become over oaked.July 5, 2013Good with Bourbon for beerIf you want to make a beer with a bourbon and oak taste you should try these oak cubes. They made a great beer with a great oaky taste. I let them sit in the bourbon for a few weeks then added everything to the secondary.September 15, 2013Give a Cask ale taste to your beerThese cubes are a great addition to your secondary fermentation to give the taste that the beer was conditioned in a cask. Like to add to IPA's to give that great oak flavor, that a barrel does.October 4, 2013Nice flavorThis oak is just the right balance, neither too strong nor too subtle. I soak it in whisky or vodka to extract the flavors faster, then add it all to the secondary. You should taste it every week to see how the favor is coming along and if it's becoming too oaky.November 5, 2013Awesome flavorIve never tried any kind of cubes or anything like that to flavor my wine but a friend gave me a few of these he bought from Midwest and I love the flavor it adds. Im gunna try the heavy roast ones next to see how they are.December 5, 2013smokey flavorI wanted to do a smoked cherry stout, so I used some cherry extract from here and these chips and it turned out pretty good. Not as much smoke as I wanted, but wasn't expecting too much to begin withJanuary 9, 2014
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