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Old 08-27-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Looking for something to put into new white oak barrels

I am looking for something to put into new white oak barrels? I was thinking a stoudt? Any recommendations?

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IPA. Cigar City Brewing does White Oak IPA, and it's amazing. Extremely tropical flavor from the white oak. I'd make sure the IPA already has a lot of tropical notes. Sorachi Ace, Citra, Ahtanum hops. Make sure you have some Munich malt in the grain bill.


So good...

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/cigar-c...i-alai/123699/

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Sounds good. I have two barrels and might do an IPA and something dark.

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How big are your barrels? Just a heads up that if you have the 60gal barrels and intend to fill them in new oak, the oak will take on much faster than you expect. I have a 60gal 3yr used (pinot noir) french oak barrel that has put more oak into my belgian wit than I ever would have expected in only a month and half. From my experience, prep well in advance to blend or have the means to pull your stuff out with a quickness. I'm lucky that the oak is just taming the 15% ABV, so I'm good to just let it lie for the time being.

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Old 08-30-2011, 02:48 AM   #5
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How big are your barrels? Just a heads up that if you have the 60gal barrels and intend to fill them in new oak, the oak will take on much faster than you expect. I have a 60gal 3yr used (pinot noir) french oak barrel that has put more oak into my belgian wit than I ever would have expected in only a month and half. From my experience, prep well in advance to blend or have the means to pull your stuff out with a quickness. I'm lucky that the oak is just taming the 15% ABV, so I'm good to just let it lie for the time being.

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Barrel beers, in my experience, pull a lot of oak in the first month but over the course of several more months the initial harsh oakiness fades and the beer as a whole grows far more complex. We did one as a club that I thought was ruined after 6 weeks, but now at 6 months it's awesome.
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Its a 20L (5 gallon) new white oak. I am thinking of a portert and letting it sit for a bit.

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