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MattS
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:34 pm    Post subject: Wood for Moonshine? Reply with quote

I have recently acquired some moonshine bourbon mash spirit. I wanted to experiment with adding toasted wood to samples. Clearly I can use oak. Are there timbers that should be avoided?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have a small barrel you will be using or are you actually planning on steeping some wood in the spirit? You may want to be careful if using virgin oak as it could be intense and too much for your new make spirit in a small scale set up, I would say use virgin oak in moderation. I have heard of chestnut wood being used but I would say stay away from pine wood unless you want it to taste like a cleaning detergent.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using small pieces of wood to steep in sample bottles. I remember Ralfy using a few types and I know a distillery that uses apple and peach hard wood. In fact the bourbon spirit contains peach wood smoked barley. I'll steer clear of pine and be careful with the fresh oak..

I wondered about field maple, birch, hazel, ash with being native?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try seasoning a piece of oak in a wine or even smoky whisky of your preference.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fabien wrote:
You could try seasoning a piece of oak in a wine or even smoky whisky of your preference.


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