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Charring oak cubes

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andrew000141:
Has anyone ever tried charring their oak cubes? I know it's what they do to whiskey barrels before use. How did you go about doing it?

Joe Sr.:
I did this with oak chips.  I charred them in a toaster oven.

I meant only to toast them, but the kids distracted me and they were charred and smoking.

I soaked them in bourbon and used them in a stout.  It came out quite well.

tschmidlin:
I charred oak chunks on a propane grill.  They were slices from an oak 1x8.

Joe Sr.:

--- Quote from: tschmidlin on October 25, 2012, 09:54:07 AM ---I charred oak chunks on a propane grill.  They were slices from an oak 1x8.

--- End quote ---

I like that approach.  You could also drill them out to be like the honeycomb product.

andrew000141:
I like that oak chunk idea, how much did you use and how much beer did it absorb? My plan is to make a big sweet mead with buckwheat honey and just oak-bomb it

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