Originally Posted by tully72
Thanks Yooper. Rough idea of how long to let it stay with the oak?
It depends is the best answer I have! Some oak is stronger than others- American oak for example is much more intense than French oak, and there are light, medium and dark toasts as well.
The best thing I can say is to wait about two-three weeks, and take a tiny sample of the wine. If it's slightly too much oak, then it's perfect! If it's not enough, more time will help. If it's way too much, it'll age out but it'll take a while.
When it's slightly too much oak, then you can rack off of the oak and either bottle or age in the carboy.