Oak Cubes - American medium toast
AKA oak beans. Medium toast American oak cubes bring aromatic sweetness and a campfire/roasted coffee attribute, light fruit and a nice mouthfeel.
Crafted from air-dried oak staves and fire-toasted by expert coopers in California, oak cubes allow winemakers to impart terrific oak flavor and aroma to wines aged in glass carboys, plastic buckets, or steel tanks. Use a single variety or create your own custom blend of different toasts and woods.
Suggested dose is 2.5 - 3 oz per five gallons; can be added during fermentation or aging. Leave wine in contact with the cubes for a minimum of two to three months.
I used one ounce of these oak cubes during secondary fermentation of a gallon of cider for 2 weeks and they added a wonderful oak flavor.
I used the oak cubes on a batch of Bourbon Barrel Porter and I think it came out great (I’m drinking one right now). I’m going to use them with Makers Mark in a batch of Scottish Wee Heavy that’s doing it’s second fermentation right now, two months to go but I’ll let you know how it turns out...
I soaked 2 and a 1/2 ounces of these cubes in 12 ounces of Maker’s Mark Bourbon for a week. Then I added them to my secondary for another week. My Bourbon Barrel Stout came out AMAZING. I’ve also done this in a porter and it was a crowd pleaser also. It’s a lot easier to control the flavor of oak in the finished beer. Brewdog333
This seems to be about the right amount to add to a 5 gallon batch of a beer. I soaked mine in bourbon to sanitize, then added after max krauzen to my beer in a sanitized mesh bag. Much cheaper than the full bourbon barrel, and very similar in flavor added. We've used a bourbon barrel in our larger batches and I think this is very comparable.
For me this gave a smooth buttery resinous notes to the beer, where the bourbon (Bullet) added a cherry note. Smoothed out a 7% abv stout really nicely and helped clip off the burn notes that some stouts and porters can have.
Much better than using chips. Soak mine in a little bourbon before adding