"Other companies make oak cubes, which take much longer to age, but the long thin form gives these much greater surface area,"
I don't believe that without them listing any dimensions or weights. A single oak cube is about 1/2" squared, so the surface are would be 3"^2. There are about 34 cubes per ounce, which would be 102"^2.
Plus you can't get the same nice gradation of toast level through a thin wafer as you can with thicker cubes.
To paraphrase Dr. England - "Off-flavors smooth with time. So do mountains. Brew it right from the start!"
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