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Zog

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Are oak cubes good for more than one use? These were only in the wine for 10 days or so.
 

St Allie

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I toss mine out.. they're not like a barrel, which can be refurbished for the next lot of wine.

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I don't think they'd be good for more wine. Got any hard alcohol you want to play with? I know that producers of spirits like Scotch will age their new whiskey in used wine barrels. One of my favorite single malt scotches is aged in port barrels, for instance.
 

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Maybe one more but they are good to wet and throw on the gril and smoke some meat afterwards.
 

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I believe the cubes are generally intended for use in the carboy rather than the bucket and can probably be used for 2-3 months, either in one wine or successive ones. I did have a Pinot Noir that came with just cubes and used them in the bucket for that ( it normally is not oaked much) and then put them in a Valpolicella for a couple of months ( carboy). There may or may not be any more benefit beyond this time.
 

Wade E

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I agree with dugger on that. I only use chips and dust in the bucket and use spirals and cubes in in carboy or staves but havent tried those yet.
 
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