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Offline kitiqipi

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Reusing Oak Spirals
« on: December 30, 2019, 09:35:47 AM »

I have some Oak spirals that I soaked for a month in spiced rum and then added to a stout for a "rum barrel" character.  After bottling the beer I rinsed the trub off the spirals and returned them to the jar of rum where they've been soaking now for about a year.  I plan on making the rum barrel stout again this winter, but after that I don't think I'll make anything with spiced rum again.

Would it be possible to get the rum character out of the spirals so I could use them with whiskey/bourbon or are they pretty much toast? I was thinking I could let them soak in water for a while and then soak them in whiskey, but the spiced rum (Kraken) is very strongly flavored and that might not go away.  They aren't terribly expensive so I could buy new ones, but was just curious if I could use them again.

Also, I assume the wood character fades with multiple uses similar to a barrel?

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Re: Reusing Oak Spirals
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2019, 01:34:48 PM »
I’m wondering if boiling the used spirals would be helpful.
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Re: Reusing Oak Spirals
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2019, 03:44:10 PM »
I'm going to guess that after a month there isn't much flavor left in the spiral.  The spiral is designed to release its flavor pretty quickly.  If you wanted to reuse the spiral, you could try recharring the spiral to see what happens, but you risk a bad result.

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Re: Reusing Oak Spirals
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2019, 04:00:29 PM »
Just a data point: New charred oak barrels are a legal requirement for certain types of American whiskey. There are no corresponding requirements for certain other spirits such as Scotch. So, barrels are shipped to Scotland and reused. Who knows how many characteristics are transferred but they are reused from various original sources nonetheless. Draw from that information whatever you wish.


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Re: Reusing Oak Spirals
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2020, 04:42:57 PM »
I would just buy a new package of spirals. They don't cost a ton.
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