Oak Infusion Spiral - pack of 2 - American Medium Toast
Made from premium oak, these toasted oak spirals increase extraction of aroma, flavor, and tannin by their greater surface area. Add to your barrels, tanks, or carboy; suggested dose is 2 sticks per 6 gallons, but you can snap the spirals into smaller portions to adjust to taste.
The oak spiral seems to add oak flavor much faster than chips, presumably due to all the exposed end grain of the spiral. However, I much prefer the medium-plus or heavy toast versions of the product. At a medium toast, I find it imparts too much of a raw oak taste. The suggested dose of 2 sticks per 6 gallons is also a bit high for my tastes. I prefer to use one stick for a longer period of time in a 5 gallon batch.I use these mostly with brown ales and let them age in secondary for several months. Can be added straight in to the keg.
I used these in primary for 10 days. The flavor was very prominent when I racked to secondary. Depending on the final product, I may go with the light roast in the future.
I used these in a barley wine since I can't afford a barrel of my own. They have been in the secondary for a month and the beer already has a nice woody aroma. I'll update the review when its ready.