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Barrel Aging Beer

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5 years 6 days ago #337 by lilfear1
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I am going to age my next batch in a 5 gallon new oak barrel. My question is how long do you think I should leave it in the barrel?

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5 years 6 days ago #340 by Gash
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I have heard people aging beers in Barrels anywhere from a few months to over a year! I guess a small taste now and then till you think its right. I have heard people getting great flavours after having scotch or bourbon in the barrel for a few months first, then changing it to beer after that. Cheerz!

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5 years 6 days ago - 5 years 6 days ago #350 by shedbrewer
shedbrewer replied the topic: Barrel Aging Beer
Good call Gash.

A friend of mine had aged an homemade port in a new (French oak) 5ltr barrel for about a year. A month later he had a Dark Ale in it for 3 months (secondary? not sure how it was done exactly) then pulled it and bottled conditioned it for another month. Compared to the originals that were bottled from day one, there was a massive difference in taste. Hard to describe, wouldn't say oaky or porty but defo not the same brew in the end. Be good to see how your comparisons go lilfear.
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5 years 6 days ago #357 by lilfear1
lilfear1 replied the topic: Barrel Aging Beer
I can get a 5 gallon barrel from my local supply store for less than $200...where would i go to find a whiskey barrel for 5 gallons?

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5 years 6 days ago #358 by lilfear1
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You would have to put it in the barrel as a second stage cause you cant let it wait til fermentation is finished.

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5 years 6 days ago #361 by shedbrewer
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where are you located mate?

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5 years 6 days ago #362 by lilfear1
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I live in Florida

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5 years 6 days ago #363 by shedbrewer
shedbrewer replied the topic: Barrel Aging Beer
mate you should be able to get a used whisky barrel over there no worries, but not sure about 5 gallons, more like 50 for an ex Kentucky barrel etc.
Have you considered buying a new one (American Oak) and charring it yourself? could be a goer

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5 years 6 days ago #365 by lilfear1
lilfear1 replied the topic: Barrel Aging Beer
I have already talked to my local homebrew supply store, they can get me a brand new 5 gallon barrel for cheap....but I cant afford to buy enough whiskey to put inside the barrel to get that flavor

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Hello all , hope your brews are outstanding. Bottling day for me tommorrow. Should be good. cheers. :D

Finnroo's Avatar Finnroo - Thu 4 Jan - 14:22

Brew day tomorrow, should be good, one sleep to go ,cheers. :D

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Happy new year brewers, ;)

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Merry Christmas Brewers, Have a good one. :D

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