Oak barrels have been used by winemakers, spirit makers, and beer makers for centuries. French researchers  revealed barrels lose their effectiveness after eight years. A high quality, new barrel is usually discarded after "three years" if used to condition products. But it can be given an extended life as a storage container for another five years.  However this is affected by the initial quality of the barrel and the environmental temperature where the barrels are stored. Cheaper, lower standard barrels, often have a shorter conditioning life.

Viable alternatives to buying expensive oak barrels, are inexpensive, oak wood chips, or oak saw dust made from disused winery barrels. The chipping process causes less affected timber to become exposed. The chips then regain some conditioning ability. The advantage of using these alternatives is that they rapidly impart their flavour notes and conditioning on the product:  often in just a few weeks. Oak barrels to have the same effect on a product may take years. This makes re-cycled barrel chips or dust ideal for home brewing where a fast product turn around often occurs. Home brewed products can be inexpensively conditioned during the ferment, or in glass demijohns using either chips or dust in the latter stages of manufacture. Dusts may increase the bitterness of a brew so they are often limited to wine applications. It should be considered that chips will also lose their effectiveness and will need to be replaced by the brewer.


Packaged by contents mass at time of bagging.
Product may dry during storage before sale depending on package type.
Performance is usually unaffected by loss of moisture.
Water content of chips may create very minor dilution of home made product.
Manufacturer's usage are recommendations.
Use according to individual taste and preference.
Duration of aging according to type of product being produced and individual taste.
Age effect of chipping influenced by environmental temperature during aging.
Select type of chip best suited to the product being created.
Nothing contained herein is representative of a warranty or guarantee.
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Oak Chips

Samuel Willard's Bourbon Soakers 100g

Samuel Willard's Oak chips used to smooth and flavour home ...

Total: $ 6.95

Samuel Willard's Rum Soakers 100g

Samuel Willard's Oak chips used to smooth and flavour rum.

Total: $ 6.95

Samuel Willard's Whiskey Soakers 100g

Whiskey Oak chips to smooth and flavour home brewed whiskey.

Total: $ 6.95

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