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Old 06-23-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default Making my own oak cubes.

I am pretty handy with wood working and after cutting a few planks of oak from a fallen tree, I was wondering if I could use some of the small pieces to toast and oak my own wines? Any one ever do this?

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Old 06-23-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
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You have to be sure on what kind of oak tree it is. Many (even most) varieties of oak are not suited for use in wine. It will taste disgusting.

Evidently even the time of year the wood is harvested is very important for the right balance of tannins etc.

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Old 06-24-2012, 02:01 AM   #3
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true that and if you do use some of it, i would toast it or char it before adding.

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Old 06-24-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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Yea that was the plan to toast some and try it on an experiment small batch.

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:38 AM   #5
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cool dude, sounds like a plan

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Old 06-25-2012, 06:42 AM   #6
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If you were to do that, Make sure your tree isn't diseased. If it has been down for quite a while I would pass on by that idea. Other than that if it is a white oak tree, Have at it!!!

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I am also looking into this idea. I understand that in my area (Pacific Northwest) there are two major types of oak. Red oak, more common and not suitable, and white oak which is suitable.

Is the consensus that they must first be dehydrated and then toasted if desired? Anyone know if dehydrated, untoasted oak would work? Anyone have any experiences to share with homemade oak chips yet?

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