Originally Posted by mordantly
is it true you can rinse the chips when done and reuse?
I guess you could. They would be less "oaky" and have a possibility of contamination, so I wouldn't see the point. I paid about $1.00 an ounce for medium toast American oak chips, and I use about an ounce per batch so I can't imagine it would be worth it.
When I oak, I usually rack onto the oak chips if I'm using chips or just add the oak spirals/cubes if I'm using them. Taste often for flavor- you want the wine to be just slightly overoaked since it will mellow with age. I usually leave mine about 1 month on chips before racking off and a bit less for spirals.