Some of the Important Oak Barrel Aging Tips
You find that when you are using an oak barrel for the first time, taste often changes. This is because oak can seep into the wine quickly and thus will change its taste. But as you continue using it with time it will get used to it until you will not feel the taste of oak. For you to maintain the taste and quality of your wine it will be necessary if you have some tips and tricks that can help you in achieving good results.
It is important that you closely monitor the temperature of your oak barrel if you want high quality wine. According to analysis it is advisable that the oak barrel to be kept at a constant temperature. There are many measures that when you don’t take care of properly it may lead to rise in temperature like in the case where you store your wine in a cellar with poor insulation. With an increase in temperature the rate of wine extraction will increase leading to a drop in the level which will interfere with its taste. It is advisable that you monitor the temperature closely to prevent such incidences.
To give your wine good taste, you should make sure that you check the level of wine in the oak barren and maintain it. This is so since most of the new oak barrels do absorb more wine than the old ones which contributed to the drop-in wine level. You can maintain then level of wine in the oak barrel by making sure that at the end of every week you top it up and also another top up at the end of every month. Another thing that you should do to maintain the level of the wine is to pay attention to the size of oak barrel you are using and the temperature at which is kept. With higher temperature and larger surface area a lot of wine will be lost.
In addition, you should use silicone bung. One good thing with silicone bungs is that they are providing a good wine seal besides being cheap. Being that traditional wooded seals are not effective they are not used more often. On the other hand, wooden bungs are only important when a barrel expands in volume due to increase in temperature. They tend to be porous and thus allows the gas to escape naturally.
Make sure that you do the racking after every three months. This is specifically done to clear the residues that remain at the bottom of the rack after filtering.