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If I go for a stainless steel fermenter, is there any way to get an oak flavor?


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Kinnek Knowledge Team

Absolutely.  Since the advent of stainless steel fermenters, a lot of wineries have taken to using oak "chips" which are added to the fermenting tank and infuse the wine with the desired oak flavor.  Some wineries use larger oak chunks, or even larger oak planks that float in the fermenting wine.  The cost reduction of adding an "oakiness" to the wine this way as opposed to fermenting in an oak barrel is quite massive.  Some estimate that the cost of a bottle of wine is 1-2 cents done with oak chips in a stainless steel fermenter, versus 2-3 dollars when fermented in a new oak barrel.

May 19, 2014

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Noah Steingraeber at Rocky Mountain Barrel Company

Don't forget about other oak alternatives Kinnek team, such as oak dust, pellets, oak chainlink, etc.

Sep 19, 2015

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