Oak's Balancing Act
By Jason Petros

by Jason Petros (Originally appeared in Zymurgy May/June 2008) Oak has been used in brewing for many years, but recently it has seen a resurgence of interest due to its large flavor impact on both wine and beer. In the past, the oak flavors gained from storage in wood were...

Beer from the Wood
By Jason Dunson-Todd (Brewing Techniques)

by Jason Dunson-Todd (Brewing Techniques) From Ancient Past to Present, Oak Remains a Perennial Source of Special Character     The use of wood, particularly oak, was commonplace in brewing until the 20th century. Though wood is still widely used for the...