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Oak Chips are a fast and economical way to add oak barrel flavor to any beer.

Oak Chips are made from seasoned American and French Oak staves which are chipped down and toasted to create flavors similar to what you'd get from a barrel.

The available toast levels are Medium, Medium +, and Heavy. It's important to understand that each toasting level creates different flavors in the oak; not a greater intensity of impact in your beer. Don't think of them as weak, normal & strong; they're each a different flavor profile.

These staves for these Medium Toast French Oak chips are sourced from a cooper (barrel maker) in Napa, CA. They deliver clove and spice flavors of medium intensity, along with strong flavors of Butterscotch & perceived sweetness.

Because of the high surface area, oak chips can extract quickly and care should be taken not to overdo it. Taste your beer frequently after the first week of contact and be ready to rack off the oak chips.

Suggested Dosage is 1-2 oz per 5 gallons. 

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Valued C on Sep 29, 2018
Recommended for use during fermentation/1st try
Harry Jones on Aug 6, 2018
For Brewing
Valued C on Sep 29, 2018
Hoping to help color stabilization, etc. during fermentation. Not really going for heavy "oaky" effect on finished wine.
James K on Aug 18, 2018
Recommended for use during fermentation/1st try
Harry Jones on Aug 6, 2018
for wine enhancement
Ann F on Jan 29, 2018
I'm adding to an Oatmeal Stout that I am keg conditioning.
Patrick C on Jan 18, 2018
Hoping to help color stabilization, etc. during fermentation. Not really going for heavy "oaky" effect on finished wine.
James K on Aug 18, 2018
for wine enhancement
Ann F on Jan 29, 2018
I have my porter in the secondary fermenter together with the oak chips which I soaked in portwine for 2-3weeks. My beer is now in contact for 2 weeks with this chips but I can't taste any oak or portwine flavour. I have 3gal of porter and 1.5oz of soaked chips (french oak medium) in the secondary. I'm a bit confused that I can't taste any flavour at all. Will this take much longer than expected, let's say 3-4months? I did read up on this topic but got different inputs, some sources say a few days or max 1-2 weeks, other sources mention 3-4 months. Just curious if I should soak and add some chips again or just wait a few weeks/months and taste once a week or so. Any input is highly appreciated.
Jan Rickenbach on Aug 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hello Jan - I don't think it would hurt to add more soaked chips. It should not take 3-4 months to transfer flavors this way.
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I have bought and used these for different recipes. I prefer my whiskey in oak. I guess I haven't made a real connection with oak in ale yet. That being said their wasn't a bunch of fines in this. It was perfect for the recipes I was using.
May 1, 2014