ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: (WD155) 10 Pound Box. These medium-toasted French oak chips are used to give an aging effect to the wine that is very similar to that of a French oak barrel. Special care is taken in their preparation. They are naturally air-dried to "sap clear" over several years and then evenly toasted under just the right amount of flame. This helps to concentrate the flavor compounds of the oak and raise them to the surface where they can be more readily infused into the wine. These compounds will soften the wine`s over-all character by adding textures ranging from coconut to vanilla. They will also help to stabilize the wine`s color and clarity by slowly infusing tannins into the wine which will help to drop out unstable haze causing proteins.
DIRECTIONS: It is recommended that Oak Chips be added to a wine after the fermentation has completed and the wine has had time to cleared. Prepare Oak Chips before using by boiling in water for 15 minutes. Strain the chips off the water and then add the them directly to the wine. Allow the wine to age with the oak chips for 1 to 9 months. Monitor the wine`s flavor throughout the aging process to determine when to remove the oak chips.
DOSAGE: The amount of Oak Chips you will want to use varies, but usually it will be in the area of 1 to 2 ounces for every 5 or 6 gallons of wine. The lesser of the amounts should be used in white wines.
MAXIMUM DOSAGE: We do not recommend exceeding 4 ounces of oak chips for 5 gallons of wine.
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