French Oak Cubes (Stavin) - Medium Plus Toast

French Oak Cubes (Stavin) - Medium Plus Toast

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Premium, Fire-Toasted Oak Cubes from Stavin

Medium + Toast French Oak will impart flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate with notes of coffee and campfire.

These fire-toasted oak cubes are as close as you can come to the full range of flavors you would get from aging your beer in a full sized barrel, unlike convection-toased cubes. 

The difference is that convection toasted cubes are made by cutting the stave to size, then passing the small cubes through a toasting chamber. Stavin fire-toasts their staves whole, just like they would when making a barrel, and then cuts them down to size. The result is a gradation of toasting from the surface through to the center of the cube, where each different toast level represents a different flavor set that the oak will give your beer. The result is a much more complex and natural profile; by comparison convection toasted cubes taste one dimensional.

Oak cubes also release their flavor into your beer more slowly than chips, giving you more control over the final degree of impact in your beer. You should plan on an extended aging period of 1-6 months when using cubes. This longer contact time again promotes flavor complexity by allowing all the flavors of the oak and your beer to marry.

Recommended Dosage is 2 oz per 5 gallons for impact equivalent to aging in a brand new oak barrel.

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what's the approximate size of each cube? can it be inserted in a carboy?
ICON BM on Aug 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Approximate 1/2 inch cubes. Fit into carboy easily. Every time I rack a carboy, I dump out the ounce of M+ and add a new ouce to the clean carboy. 1 ounce is from 25-30 cubes.

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French Oak Cubes Were Great
The French Oak cubes I ordered worked as expected.
June 11, 2018
over 2 years ago
Better than chips
Barrels are better than sticks are better than cubes are better than chips. The less end grain exposed the better. Soak the cubes in a glass of bourbon first to make a nice Bourbon Barrel Porter, or drop a vanilla bean in to make a BBVP
May 1, 2014
Full Range of Oak Character
Even though I'll probably never have a French Oak barrel, I love the cubes because of their wide range of flavors.

I normally buy medium toast, but when I want oak to be a considerable component in the finished beer, I will buy multiple toast levels and blend for complexity.

I prefer cubes to chips because of their more consistent flavor contribution per weight. Cubes also have more internal area to harbor brettanomyces or wine/spirit flavor.
May 14, 2013
nice and easy
these give a nice subtle oak character to any beer or cider. Very easy to use, and you don't have to worry about keeping a barrel sanitized. No worries about the barrel drying up when you use these either. Just a nice simple way to add some nice oaky complexity to your beers.
May 7, 2013
Nice flavor, can add up quickly though
Soaked these in chardonnay prior to using them in my Saison. Really gave the beer the added complexity.
May 6, 2013