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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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william d on Feb 20, 2018
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william d on Feb 20, 2018
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
2 months ago
Very good oak flavor. Easy to use and get out of barrels.
February 7, 2018
2 months 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
2 months ago