Originally Posted by Keithdib
Who uses oak chippings?
What quantity do you use, how long do you leave them in?
There are various styles, chips, cubes, spiral sticks. The you have different oaks, American, French, Hungarian. On top of that, there are different toast levels.
So, pick which style you want, add a little at a time and taste your wine every week or so until you get the taste you want.
I'm doing a cab now. I chose American oak chips, with a light toast. I'm going to add two ounces and taste in two weeks. (5 gallon batch)