I brewed a Old Ale 3 weeks ago (O.G. 1.067) I would like to add a bit of oak character, and here's what I'm working with: My homebrew supply store guy told me to do this: Soak 3-4 oz. of the FRENCH oak chips in just enough booze/vodka to cover them for a week. then, add the whole thing, liquid and all, into the secondary Taste periodically to assess oakiness. My main question is: Should I really add all the liquid into the secondary? I used a few ounces Rye whiskey and a few ounces vodka, and I have read that the liquid can extract harsh tannins you don't want in your beer. Side note: the French oak chips smell pretty mild compared to american oak chips Thanks!