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Oak Chips are a quick, inexpensive way to impart oak character.  Larger oak pieces, like nuggets and spirals, actually aid in the aging process by allowing the wine to penetrate slowly into the complex interior of the oak, exactly the way it would do in an actual barrel. They help balance and cross-link tannins and promote color stabilization if used during fermentation. High tech toasting produces a color gradient throughout all the complex layers of the oak resulting in a mellow, not harsh palate structure.

Both American oak and French oak contribute aromas, flavors and tannin to a wine, but the oaks origin, size and toast level will have profound impacts on its contribution.

  • French oak is typically a more subtle flavor with firm tannins and a satiny texture.
  • American oak tends to be stronger in flavor and will impart a more obvious, stronger and sweeter aroma and flavor.
  • Light Toast - Sweet but spicy oak notes with lingering hints of honey and vanilla.
  • Medium Toast - Smooth and creamy vanilla, caramel, coffee, toasted bread, and a sweet, spicy oak aroma.
  • Heavy Toast - Smoky, spice, caramel, coffee, chocolate, and a sweet, spicy oak aroma.
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American Oak Chips
Lightly toasted American Oak chips provide quick oak extraction.       ..
$1.95
French Oak Chips
Medium toasted French Oak Chips provide quick oak extraction.    ..
$3.50
American Oak Nuggets, Medium Toast
American Oak Nuggets, Medium Toast.  Two months minimum contact time is recommended to allow fo..
$2.50
French Oak Nuggets, Medium Toast
French Oak Nuggets, Medium Toast.  Two months minimum contact time is recommended to allow for ..
$3.25
Oak Infusion Spiral - Bottle Sized
BARREL AGED IN A BOTTLE. Now you can Barrel Age Spirits, Beer, and Cocktails RIGHT INSIDE ..
$4.95
American Oak Spiral, Medium Toast
American Oak Spiral, Medium Toast.  Featuring tight grain American Northern&nbs..
$10.95
American Oak Spiral, Heavy Toast
American Oak Spiral, Heavy Toast. Featuring tight grain American Northern White Oak (Quercus Alba) ..
$10.95
French Oak Spiral, Medium Toast
French Oak Spiral, Medium Toast. French Oak (Quercus Sessilis), an ultra premium fine grain oa..
$18.50
French Oak Spiral, Heavy Toast
French Oak Spiral, Heavy Toast. French Oak (Quercus Sessilis), an ultra premium fine grain oak, con..
$18.50
Charred Oak Spirals
Charred Oak Infusion Spirals Char#3 American oak spirals add super dark color, smoke, vanilla,..
$10.95
Rum Barrel Chips
Brewer's Best® Barrel Chips are sanitized by nitrogen purge and ready to use. Add 2 oz. of barrel ch..
$5.25
Tequila Barrel Chips
Brewer's Best® Barrel Chips are sanitized by nitrogen purge and ready to use. Add 2 oz. of barrel ch..
$5.25
Whisky Barrel Chips
Brewer's Best® Barrel Chips are sanitized by nitrogen purge and ready to use. Add 2 oz. of barrel ch..
$5.25
Ginger Jammer Flavor Enhancer
If you like Orchards Edge®, Angry Orchard®'s innovative line of ciders flavored with spices and oak ..
$2.95
Hopped Citrus Slam Flavor Enhancer
If you like Orchards Edge®, Angry Orchard®'s innovative line of ciders flavored with spices and oak ..
$4.95
Oaky D'Oaky Flavor Enhancer
If you like Orchards Edge®, Angry Orchard®'s innovative line of ciders flavored with spices and oak ..
$4.95
Super Smoother Pack
A 2-pouch system containing glycerine and liquid oak essence. Instantly smoothes and ages 6 gallons ..
$2.95
Oak Essence
Concentrated oak flavor essence. Add to taste.  4 oz bottle.   ..
$5.95
Oak Wine Barrel (Special Order)
American Oak Wine Barrels, made of smooth, clear, premium, slow-growing Minnesota White Oak. Built b..
$295.00
Vanilla Bean
Whole Vanilla beans can be used in holiday ales, porters, stouts and more. ..
$2.00
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