How do I flavour my mead?

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IImade my first ever batch of mead and I wanted to give my mead an interesting, kind of smokey/woody taste, and I was wondering if adding some charred Oak in a cheesecloth would be enough or whether I actually have to age it in a barrel.
Problem is I'm strapped for cash so I wanted to know if there are any other ways apart from a barrel.
 

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Definitely don't need a barrel. Depending on the size of you brew, oak chips are fine. Oak dominoes or spirals are probably better. A couple of weeks before bottling will usually do you fine
 
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Definitely don't need a barrel. Depending on the size of you brew, oak chips are fine. Oak dominoes or spirals are probably better. A couple of weeks before bottling will usually do you fine
It's really small, 1litre, as it was my first time. Also, should the oak chips be charred?
 
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Definitely don't need a barrel. Depending on the size of you brew, oak chips are fine. Oak dominoes or spirals are probably better. A couple of weeks before bottling will usually do you fine
Thanks, should the oak be charred?
 

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Depends on your taste. I've really only tried medium oak. I would try a little just before you bottle. I've enjoyed 1/8 ounce for two weeks before bottling. I've also had 1/3 ounce in a low ABV for two weeks as well.
 

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Use oak cubes intended for wine. Don't just add something from your BBQ wood pile.

They call it "toast" not charred. There's different toast levels and different varieties - American, French, and Hungarian oak. Preparing the wood for wine flavoring is a science and not something you want to try yourself.
 
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