How do I use oak chips?
A good proportion of oak chips for home use is 3 grams of chips per liter. To use oak chips, sanitize them in a 1 gallon of water with 2 oz of metabisulfite dissovled in it. Let them soak for 20 mins then strain with a sanitizer strainer and add to your wine.
Add oak chips to your wine after it has been racked for bulk aging. Use a glass or a stainless steel container. A handful of chips (about one-quarter cup) is all that is necessary to add complexity to the wine.
Taste your wine two to three days after you have added the oak. Continue until you notice the oak flavor. Then taste on a daily basis.
When your wine has reached the level of oak you wish, rack it off the oak into a clean container.
If you think more or different oak is needed, follow these steps again.
Remember, you can always add more oak, but you can't remove oak.