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Does a stainless steel cask work as well as an oak cask?

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Stainless steel is a perfectly legitimate option, and some winemakers are switching to stainless steel casks, but primarily for use with certain types of wine (specifically white wines).  They are generally cheaper than oak casks in the long run, since they do not have to be replaced and can be consistently re-used (which also has the effect of being better for the environment, of course).  Further, not having to resell used oak casks helps save time and energy that could be used for other aspects of the business.

Unfortunately, stainless steel does not impart the unique oak flavor of the cask to the wine.  There are alternative options, however - oak chips, oak spirals, etc. can be added to the stainless steel cask to give the wine a flavor profile that is reminiscent of having been aged in an oak cask.
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