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American Medium Toast Oak Chips (4 oz)
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These chips were roasted between 350 - 375 °F to give them a medium toast. American Oak Chips will allow you to imitate storing your wine or beer in an oak barrel without the expense. A medium toast will give you a traditional oak character with notes of vanilla, caramel, coconut, dill, and some subtle spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove). Add more complexity to your wine or beer by using oak chips. American oak chips have more bite, or aggressive flavor, than French oak chips.
4oz is sufficient to add oak flavors and aromas to 5 gallon batch of beer. For wine 1-2.5 oz is suggested depending on the color and the alcohol. Contact time from 2 weeks to 6 months depending on desired level of flavors.
For white wine, 1 cup of chips is recommended. Try 2 cups for a red wine. Simply boil in water for 10 minutes, then drain and place the chips in your plastic or glass fermenter before transferring.
There are three ways to sanitize the chips before adding them to your fermentor:
1. Simply boil in water for 10 minutes, then drain and place the chips in your plastic or glass fermentor before transferring.
2. Soak the chips in a spirit, whiskey, vodka, etc. for 2 days to one month and pour everything into your beer or wine.
3. Mix a sanitizing potassium metabisulfite solution
(a small pinch - 1/4tsp will treat 6 gallons)
and soak the chips for 24 hours
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