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French Oak Cubes (Stavin) - Medium Toast

French Oak Cubes (Stavin) - Medium Toast

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Premium, Fire-Toasted Oak Cubes from Stavin

Medium Toast French Oak will impart flavors of coconut, vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate.

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.

Click here for a PDF of the MoreWine Oak Cube Dosages.

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Why did you choose this?
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proven quality over the years
Pete A on Oct 17, 2022
Experimenting with oak in a cherry/cinnamon mead.
Damien A on Aug 10, 2022
proven quality over the years
Pete A on Oct 17, 2022
Used them before. They do very well with the red wines I've been making.
MICHAEL S H on Aug 24, 2022
Experimenting with oak in a cherry/cinnamon mead.
Damien A on Aug 10, 2022
add some oak
Jill C on Jul 26, 2022
the best!
halfen h on Jul 20, 2022
Quality
Adrian Wills on Jun 21, 2022
its my go-to oak source for carboys
Jeffrey V on Apr 8, 2022
Traditional Mead
John B on Mar 8, 2022
Tastes good with Cab
Rocco T on Mar 7, 2022
Mead
Joseph M on Feb 17, 2022
Oaking chard and possibly reds
Mary H on Dec 3, 2021
This is what i normally use
Mike on Nov 12, 2021
wine aging
Michael L on Nov 5, 2021
aging cabernet in carboy
Rory C on Oct 27, 2021
Delicious
Madelynn K on Oct 8, 2021
Has worked well for me in the past.
Robert D on Oct 8, 2021
Personal choice
Theodore S on Sep 30, 2021
neutral barrels, like stavin products
Les B on Sep 23, 2021
Used it before
MICHAEL S H on Sep 18, 2021
happy with previous results
Jake B on Sep 2, 2021
ive used it before and like the results
Anthoula R on Aug 12, 2021
second time purchasing. I like the results in one barrel to am adding to a couple more.
Chris C on Jul 29, 2021
Full vanilla notes and light tanins
Tony D on Feb 23, 2021
have not used oak for awhile so time for change
Joseph M G on Dec 24, 2020
Belgian Tripel
Andrew S on Nov 25, 2020
Necessary for a recipe I'm working on.
David T on Nov 18, 2020
Have used in the past.
Daniel M on Nov 16, 2020
Experimenting with oak aging or fermentation
Erik H on Nov 16, 2020
To use in a port wine that I have going and to use in future wines.
Tracy K on Oct 28, 2020
gift
David M. S on Oct 3, 2020
gift
David M. S on Oct 3, 2020
Avocado honey mead!
Carol S on Sep 28, 2020
Good mid-range oak cubes
Timothy T on Sep 26, 2020
A friend suggested it
Danielle L on Sep 18, 2020
Recommended by your Guide to Red Wine Making
Bruce Schollie on Aug 24, 2020
trying a clone recipe from recent BYO article
Eric O on Jul 29, 2020
Flavor profile
Valued C on May 8, 2020
Amber ale. Needs lighter oak
Pickle C on Apr 1, 2020
Supplement a wine kit
Sarah-Ann F on Mar 27, 2020
We have had success using this as an alternative to a barrel.
Richard H on Mar 7, 2020
Making a Pinot. Stavin makes the highest quality cubes.
Matt C on Nov 28, 2019
To add to mead!
Valued C on Nov 20, 2019
Have used before. Like the results.
Jim on Nov 13, 2019
aging of syrah and primitive in SS containers
Matt P on Nov 1, 2019
Add tannin and body to post fermentation white wine
Corey D on Oct 29, 2019
making red wine in carboy
Anthony N on Sep 25, 2019
Need more.
Kenneth Boshart on Sep 17, 2019
I have had great success with product.
Louis G on Sep 13, 2019
Need to Oak things.
David K on Sep 12, 2019
I follow religiously your manual !
Valentin on May 17, 2019
Used them before. They do very well with the red wines I've been making.
MICHAEL S H on Aug 24, 2022
add some oak
Jill C on Jul 26, 2022
Will these cubes fit through the neck of a glass carboy?
Russell on Feb 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Russell,

Yes, they will fit. From my memory, the causes are roughly 1/3 to 1/4” on a side.

Cheers!
What is the size of these cubes?
Mark Capone on Apr 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Mark the cubes are about 1 cm on each side They do a good job of imparting a soft oak flavor to the wine
What is the difference between medium and medium + French Oak cubes?
Kathy Allen on Sep 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The medium has a mellower toast. The flavor it imparts is less smokey and more a vanilla taste. I prefer medium to medium+
Will these cubes fit in the stainless tube for barrels?
Bert Wethers on Sep 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: These cubes are 1/4-3/8 inch cubes or rectangular cubes. If you are asking if they will fit through the bung hole in a barrel, the answer is yes. I usually tie them up with cheese cloth and a string or with one of those bags brewers use for hops. I attach a string so that I can pull the cubes out after my wine has enough oak flavor.
I'm wondering, how old were the trees at time of harvest? Or at least, what diameter? I understand that French oak needs more time to fully mature than American oak, ideally at 100+ years age for French.
Adam on Sep 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Adam - I have reached out to our supplier in regard to the age of their French Oak. We will respond in kind when an answer is given.
Reviews

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Rated 5 out of 5
Barrel-like flavors.
All the cubes are great as I have had excellent results. Very slow process of pulling out the softer characteristics of the named wood. I will start my second year using these cubes.
March 28, 2022
Purchased
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent oak products
Very easy to use and easy to work around when racking. Doesn't leave behind sediment to clog anything up. I use these for my smaller carboys (1 or 1/2 gallon) when I have a bit more wine that will fit in my larger carboys (which I use Winestix with).

Depending on varietal, I add these along with starting malolactic fermentation, then when malo is done I soak them with an SO2 solution while I transfer wine from malo to "aging" carboy, then rinse with purified water and place back in the new carboy for another several months (total about 3 to 4 months).
November 2, 2021
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Will keep on buying it.
I love the delicate flavor they impart to the wine and how easy they are to use.
August 25, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Wonderful crunch, the family loves them
December 31, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great flavor from these beans.
Stavin makes great products. Tastes like oak barrels
May 23, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect, love the size of the cubes
May 21, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to use
Very easy to use and does not result in harsh flavors typically obtained when using chips.
December 16, 2019
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Cube Sale
Bought 4 of the 8 oz bags because they were cheaper per pound than the one lb bags
November 11, 2019
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
French oak cubes
Easy to use. A couple years back I didn’t think I was getting oak flavor so I doubled up on the recommended dosage....Ha...yup huge oak in that wine...take my advice and stick with the recommended dosage...it works fine.
November 2, 2018
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Reccomend for small batches
More cost effective for small volumns
April 13, 2018
Purchased
over 4 years ago