What oak is this made of??

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Safegyde
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What oak is this made of??

Post by Safegyde » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:30 am

Hello all.

Due to monetary restraints at the moment I'm not going to make an online purchase for oak to flavor my whiskey. The growing oaks in my area are Live Oaks, which have a bitter taste, so I'm told.

I have an oak dow rod, 1.5" thick, reddish color oak. Looks like one you pick up at Lowe's or Home Depot. Yes, I am in the U.S.

Does anyone know if this is a suitable oak for me to use? It doesn't have any treatment done to it, no lacquer, no finish, etc.

thanks for your help. :D
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Post by barrelcreator » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:58 am

WHITE OAK ONLY!!! Dont use red oak. Its properties are to harsh and if toasted the hemicellulose you are looking to convert into sugars will be to harsh and tanic. Not to mention the bad volitiles.

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Post by Old_Blue » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:19 am

Don't use commercial bought wood or scrap like old pallets or such. Depending on where it came from and where it is going, some has to be treated with pesticides to make sure there are no invasive species introduced.
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Post by Jetzon » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:31 am

Go buy some Jack Daniels smoking chips. They sell them at any Walmart and places like that. Char them up your self. There made out of there barrels they keep Whiskey in. That would be your best bet if you cant find your own Oak.
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Post by barrelcreator » Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:41 pm

Heres a thread I wrote on oak barrel alternatives. Its everything you will need to know.

http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6597

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Post by Safegyde » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:46 pm

Good to know. Thanks guys.

Jack Daniel's smoking chips huh? Those are oak? The only ones I can find in the stores around here are all hickory. That is what I have been using, but the flavor is very distinct.....good, but not exactly what I am looking for.

I will try the Jack Daniel's ones. Thanks.

Thanks for the link too, barrelcreator.
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Post by Safegyde » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:55 pm

Duplicate reply.

Hey barrelcreator, do you know a good link to get those "premium" oak chips for when I can afford it?

Anyone out there....what is your favorite site to get oak chips from....if you order off of the internet of course.

Funny huh? Ordering wood off of the internet. :lol: :lol:
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Post by barrelcreator » Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:40 pm

This one offers free samples and have good prices.

http://www.oaksolutionsgroup.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow


This one one can typically find online at winemaking and brewing stores. They really only tailor to big operations.

www.stavin.com

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