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Old 02-09-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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I've seen them online from williamsbrewing dot com in 4oz packs. How many "ounces" is a good or right amount for a homebrew? 5 gallon batch.

Can they be re-used like a barrel can be re-used?

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Old 02-09-2013, 04:24 AM   #2
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I don't know the actual answer other than I used all 4 oz recently without really thinking and it was entirely too much for 5 gall batch

I'd guess maybe 1 oz woulda been good - but sure someone else can say something more exact...

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Old 02-10-2013, 01:08 AM   #3
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I don't know the actual answer other than I used all 4 oz recently without really thinking and it was entirely too much for 5 gall batch

I'd guess maybe 1 oz woulda been good - but sure someone else can say something more exact...
Yeah I see what you mean. So how big is each cube if 4oz was too much?
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Yeah I see what you mean. So how big is each cube if 4oz was too much?
I was using 4oz of chips so not sure what you mean by "cube"
Medium toasted French oak Chips is what they were called
In a bag of 4oz
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I think people usually stick to 1 oz per five gallon batch as a general rule of them, give or take depending on your tastes. I recently did 1/4 oz in a one gallon batch and it came out great. To give you an idea, my 4 oz bag says its good for 25 gallons of wine.

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Oh I see. I thought you meant you had used the cubes and not chips. Sorry about that. So wow, 4oz can do up to 25 gal of wine? That's crazy.

I'm basically trying to get a barrel effect on a budget. The toasted cubes sounded like something I could mess around with and possibly achieve what I'm looking for without spending over $100 for a 5 gal naked oak barrel.

I know breweries use the barrels more than twice so I figured cubes could get the same treatment.

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Huge difference in extraction of chips vs cubes.

If you are using chips it will be a small amount for a short period of time (depending on how much wood character you want).

Cubes take longer to develop but it's worth it IMO.

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Cubes >> chips

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I was using 4oz of chips so not sure what you mean by "cube" Medium toasted French oak Chips is what they were called
In a bag of 4oz
They are cubes of wood, toasted, measure about 1/2" square.
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Huge difference in extraction of chips vs cubes.

If you are using chips it will be a small amount for a short period of time (depending on how much wood character you want).

Cubes take longer to develop but it's worth it IMO.
So then would you say to use all 4oz of toasted oak cubes for a5 gal batch? I was thinking of like 3 months on cubes in the secondary. Too long?
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