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 ReviewsOakyI used these in a previous brew after soaking in bourbon. It made both the beer and the bourbon taste better!March 14, 2016Gift 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, 2015Cubes are GoodCubes are the easiest form of oak for me to handle. Flavor is great; very predictable results.December 26, 2015Different taste from chipsThe cubes give a different oak taste than chips do. Adding them to the secondary for a few weeks gives a good oak taste similar to a beer that was conditioned in a cask. Get the barrel taste without owning a barrel.March 18, 2014Works in both beer and wineI used an ounce for 2 months in a Chardonnay and it was terrific._x000D_I use 2 ounces in a porter (soaked in 4 ounces of Bourbon) for 2 months and it had a strong oak flavor.February 23, 2014Bourbon OakFor one of the kits I soaked an ounce of these oak cubes in a pint of Bourbon for 5 weeks and added it to the secondary where it sat for 9 months. Great oak flavor that goes well with the bourbon.January 24, 2014Oak flavor in beeri soaked an ounce in the secondary for a month and got a great dose of oak flavor and aroma. Depending on how long you age your beer, the oak flavor mellows as time goes by.January 10, 2014smokey 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, 2014Awesome 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, 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, 2013
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