Ask Wine Wizard
Can I Use An Untoasted Oak Barrel?
Patricia McGrath — Downers Grove, Illinois asks,
I received a mini-American oak barrel for Christmas that isn’t charred. How well would this work for a red wine? Is there any way I can toast the inside? Will I need to add toasted oak to my oak barrel? I’m fairly new to winemaking and have only made a couple of Winexpert kits so far. They have been fine, but I’ve wondered if this is the best brand out there? Thank you for your time.