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Old 11-01-2013, 10:58 AM   #51
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Our club bought a full size bourbon barrel. We have put two beers in it so far and we are getting ready for a third. The second beer, an RIS, still had a ton of bourbon aroma and flavor. Our next beer will be a wee heavy.

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Old 11-01-2013, 03:20 PM   #52
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Depends on what you are using it for. The whiskey/spirit will fade, but the barrel is good for a long time. Jean van Roy at Cantillon told me they use some for over 15 years and they still produce good brews.
Keep in mind that Cantillon does not use these barrels for their flavor. After a few uses the barrel will have no wood or spirit character.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:22 PM   #53
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Keep in mind that Cantillon does not use these barrels for their flavor. After a few uses the barrel will have no wood or spirit character.
Of course, but the question was how many times a barrel could be used....
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Of course, but the question was how many times a barrel could be used....
True, but I wanted to make sure nobody got the idea that the barrel would continue to produce those flavors for that long.
Also, barrels are likely to eventually harbor bacteria.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:32 PM   #55
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I did not sanitize my barrel prior to filling. It came freshly dumped and "looked good" inside. Just soaked the outside of the barrel on all sides a few times to make sure it was swelled up and filled. If your not worried about it leaking then I would just fill as is...you will get more of the spirit that way. I use mine 3 times before getting a new one 5g size from Balcones.

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