re-using staves?

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Siwash

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anyone reuse their staves? I had mine laking for over 2 months.. pulled them out recently and they look good
 

JohnT

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I would not normally re-use staves.

I use the appropriate amount of oak for the volume of wine I am dealing with. In the end, the oak has given its all and is, therefore, tossed out.

That is not to say that you should not. They do, after all, use a single barrel for multiple batches of wine.

If you do opt to reuse oak, the wood should go directly from one batch of wine to another with, perhaps, a quick rinse in k-meta in between.

I would advise against storing used oak for later use.
 

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I stick mine in the freezer to store and do a slight char to reuse in spirit finishing experiments - ie; throw a cpl sticks in with some of that unflavored bell jar moonshine stuff that seems to be everywhere now a days.
 

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