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Old 12-17-2009, 02:39 AM   #1
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Ok, so Ive been seeing alot of new oak barrels offerd on ebay with the 3 liter being most common, so my question is: What mead would benefit the most from oak aging..all? some? I commonly make bluenberry, JAOM and some varients plus show mead and Apple Cyser...so which of these would get the most out of some oak aging?

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Old 12-17-2009, 02:45 AM   #2
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seems like a lot of work compared to using oak chips for a batch like a 5 G batch. JMO.

I am planning to oak my blackberry melomel a bit with some medium toast french oak chips

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This is why I asked, what mead is best suited to extended Oak aging?

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Also. besides putting it into an oak barrel, I dont have a clue how to do it otherwise....

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It just depends on what you're going for. I don't think there is a simple answer (although my first batch is in primary, so I can't speak from experience).

Go about 80% of the way down...

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Also. besides putting it into an oak barrel, I dont have a clue how to do it otherwise....

They sell little wood chips at the usual online places or your LHBS. You can put them in for a few weeks/months before final racking depending on what you're going for. Large surface area of the chips allows the process to happen much more quickly.
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Thanks Randar! Very helpful!

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So you actually ADD them to the secondary?

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yep, or some people put them in a metal perforated tube or bag so they can easily pull them from the carboy as opposed to another racking.

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I think cyser does very well with oak, but I also like oaking blackberry and pyments - and cherry does very well too. Oak can be used in the primary, secondary, and during bulk aging. Try different oaks and roasts in the same mead. All oaks are not created equal though - some are better than others. Stavin oak "beans" have a very good reputation.

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