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theholymackerel wrote:Booze will age and smooth with time alone.
USarmy21 wrote:would puting pieces of oak in with the wash when its distilling increase the oxygen of the distillate??? im asking this because i remember back in middle school we did a lab with pop cicle sticks and a glass beaker and when we heated the beaker up with the pop cicle sticks in side the pop cicle sticks would give off oxygen and would light when exposed to a flame.
TN.Frank wrote:Actually, from what I've read(mostly here on the web site.) charred oak does two things that make whiskey taste better. First the charrcoal helps to absorb some of the "nasty" stuff that's in your whiskey and , Second, the sugars that are in the wood leach into the whiskey and give it more of a sweet, mellow flavor. That's why "sweet woods" like oak, apple or maple are normally used.
Howler104 wrote:I know this post is really old but I think that since whiskey is aged charred wooden barrels. The aging process changes as the temperature changes. The liquer as the temperatures change is drawn in and out of the wood different compounds are taken from the wood and different compounds are taken from the liquer . At times during the aging process the liquor will taste better and sometimes worse and someone has to sample this to figure right time to bottle. Oxygen plays a role in this as well. So to my point I would say that adding chips to a sealed jar wouldn't work correctly because there wouldn't be any give and take in that process. However it would change the flavor some who knows is good or bad. What if you used any kind of old glass jugs or whiskey bottles with a plug made out of your desired wood that fit somewhat snug when still dry. Charred on the end that is contact with the liquor seal it on the very edge with some wax but don't completely cover over the plugs end with wax. That will keep it from leaking and give the plug time to swell and seal with the bottle and store it on its side as you do wine. Also if your good working wood you could make a wooden ring for a mason jar and store that on its side also. Do this in a place where it won't be exposed to sunlight but it will be exposed to temperature changes. Seems this would work to me.