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Xoakers - French Oak, Medium Plus

Xoakers - French Oak, Medium Plus

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Xoakers are 1" Solid Oak spheres made from high quality French oak and seasoned for a minimum of 24 months.  They will contribute a complex oak character while softening and rounding the wine as well.  What sets these apart though, are their shape and ease of use.  The uniform size allows for precise dosing, and easy removal once complete.  Whether you are using carboys or neutral barrels, additions are as simple as counting out however many Xoakers you need, and tossing them in.  Every vessel will be oaked to the same extent when using these, and no need to weigh them out!

Removing them is as simple as turning over your carboy or barrel, and watching them roll out!  These can be used in both red and white wines, and are perfect for carboys, barrels, small tanks, and kegs.  Ideal oak for the home winemaker!  These Convection Toasted Medium Plus French Oak Xoakers are packed in Mylar bags, and will contribute various flavors depending on the wine.

The 8 pack will treat 4-8 gallons & 1 lb will treat 35-70 gallons.

  • Dosage: 1-2 Xoakers / Gallon (3.78 L) wine (depends on desired Oak Impact)
  • Contact Time: 4 Month Minimum Recommended
  • Useful Life in Wine: 12 Months
  • Size: 1" Diameter Spheres, 70 French Oak Xoakers / lb
  • Liquid Displacement: .10 gal (.41 L)
  • Toast Level: Med +
     

 

 

 

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used them last year
Karen Wall on Apr 12, 2019
8 balls are magic
Chris Chambless on Feb 15, 2019
used them last year
Karen Wall on Apr 12, 2019
Prior experience with product made for good results
Chris G on Apr 2, 2019
8 balls are magic
Chris Chambless on Feb 15, 2019
To use in a neutral red wine barrel
Michelle T on Feb 11, 2019
For mead
Russell W on Dec 31, 2018
Trying to add oak during primary fermentation through Second Racking
Johnny Robinson on Dec 18, 2018
Small batch of wine
Daniel C on Dec 6, 2018
because we are making WINE!!!
Kristina B on Nov 29, 2018
I bought this for the quality and complexity of tannins released over a longer time period.
Kenneth Hesser on Nov 28, 2018
I use them every year
Tim V on Nov 17, 2018
to compare to cubes and sticks
Kenneth D on Oct 24, 2018
I have used these in my barrels and have won gold medals in my Pinot and Bordeaux Blends. Nice subtle flavours.
Douglas P on Jun 14, 2018
I'm out
Myron W on Apr 28, 2018
Nice barrel like oak flavor - still missing micro oxidation
Craig E on Mar 16, 2018
Use to flavor grappa
william d on Feb 20, 2018
Prior experience with product made for good results
Chris G on Apr 2, 2019
To use in a neutral red wine barrel
Michelle T on Feb 11, 2019
Do I need to stir the wine to have the oak flavor permeate the whole 59 gallons?
Martin Siebring on Apr 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you are using Xoakers , stirring is not necessary. However, I leave them on the wine until they saturate and sink to the bottom. This takes about 6 to 9 months so patience is a must. Also, don’t throw the spheres out. You can reuse them. Vacuum pack them and keep them in the deep freeze until you are ready to use them again. They behave more like neutral oak and they sink quickly in the second use. Leave the wine on the second use at least 6 months but somewhere between 9 months and a year is ideal. You can also use half used and half new to get a little bit of the toasting you might want. Hope this helps.
Can you remove these out of a 1 gallon carboy pretty easily? I used a spiral one before and it got stuck inside my 1 gallon carboy.
From_LV on Feb 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can remove them easily from a one-gallon carboy. Couple things: The Xoakers do impart a strong vanilla component into your wine. The instructions suggest 1-2 per gallon. Unless you want a really strong vanilla/oak nose influence, I recommend one per gallon. Lastly, if you let the spiral oak adjunct dry out, you can then get it out of your carboy. I had the same issue.
Do I need to sanitize the Xoakers? We've been so careful to sanitize everything so far in the wine making process and I'm wondering if we need to sanitize the Xoakers before adding them to the carboys.
Karen Wall on Feb 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have used them to impart oak flavor when using neutral barrels and carboys for small batches at the eecommended rate. I like them and would buy them again. I have never sanitized them. They have been toasted and I have not had any contamination issues that I am aware. I do monitor my sulfite levels in barrels every 3 months.
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They work well and add a subtle flavor to the finished wine
February 16, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Oakers
Very good oak flavor. Easy to use and get out of barrels.
February 7, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Barbera loves Xoakers
I did a bench trial on my 2015 Barbera wine with both American and French chips and also with the French Oak-Medium Plus toasting letting things soak up the flavors for a month. The Xoakers won over the competition! I have always had some problems trying to add complexity to my Barbera and the Xoakers solved that problem. I continue to use them every year with this wine, one that can easily end up tasting woody. I recommend their use in finishing off your wines.
January 25, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago