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Aging Spirits In Oak, Distiller 3 (1)

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Aging Spirits In Oak, Distiller 3 (1)

Postby jake_leg » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:54 am


"The optimum [alcohol concentration for tannin extraction and congener formation is] 55% ABV... Higher strength will develop more colour and a higher vanillin-floral character because of the deeper penetration into the wood but it also extracts more tannin which results in a harsh product. The happy medium is a weaker strength with less colour development and harshness but slower aging."

"It is a general rule that heavier spirits can be aged at lower strengths (55%-65%) whereas the lighter spirits can be aged at the higher strength."

"It is obviously advantageous to age at higher temperatures."

"Movement of barrels within the aging period will also help."
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Re: Aging Spirits In Oak, Distiller 3 (1)

Postby Bushman » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:07 am

That article has some great points just bookmarked it, thanks!
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