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Brewtopia 07-13-2007 08:21 PM

Am I insane???
 
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Who in their right mind would attempt barrel aging in a 490 sq.ft. condo? I guess that someone would be me. :D

Just racked my big Belgian into this 15 gallon Bourdeaux barrel and blended it with a Flanders Red that I brewed almost a year ago with a blend of wild yeast and bacteria that includes Brettanomyces Lambicus, Saccharomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus.

The strong Belgian had an O.G. of 1.125 and finished out at 1.034. I think the blending with the Brett beer in the barrel should knock it down a few more points. I plan on bottling this in 750ml Belgian bottles, corked & caged. I have no idea how it's going to turn out but I was inspired by the beers that Thomme Arthur and Vinnie Cilurzo are producing down at Lost Abbey and Russian River respectively.

I have included some pictures of the racking session

First 5 gallons going in
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2nd carboy on deck
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In goes the sour beer
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Done
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Brewsmith 07-13-2007 08:25 PM

Insane or Genius? :D It's a fine line...

Looks fantastic. Good luck! :mug:

ArroganceFan 07-13-2007 08:31 PM

Thanks for the pics. Those barrels look great. Good luck :mug:

dblvsn 07-13-2007 08:32 PM

I'm gonna say your insane only because you're using your John De Clerk book as a carboy wedge... What are you thinkin!? I find it most impressive that your SWMBO actually lets you do all this in your condo. You are both hardcore!!! :mug:

Brewtopia 07-13-2007 08:38 PM

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Originally posted by dblvsn
I'm gonna say your insane only because you're using your John De Clerk book as a carboy wedge... What are you thinkin!?
LOL! Good eye. FWIW, I also use it to fight insomnia. :D

Ryanh1801 07-13-2007 11:30 PM

That is awesome!!! How are you going about sanitizing stuff for further use? I have been thinking of doing something with Brettanomyces. But am to scared on the after effect.

Brewtopia 07-13-2007 11:43 PM

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Originaly posted by Ryanh1801
That is awesome!!! How are you going about sanitizing stuff for further use? I have been thinking of doing something with Brettanomyces. But am to scared on the after effect.
I use separate hoses for all my Brett beers. The keg in the picture is also marked and dedicated only to Brett beers. I don't worry much about the glass carboys since they are easily sanitized.

The barrel, obviously, is now dedicated to producing sour beers! :rockin:

RichBrewer 07-13-2007 11:44 PM

Insane? No but you have got to be the biggest beer enthusiast I've ever met!:mug:

..... well maybe you are just a bit crazy...:D

anthrobe 07-13-2007 11:46 PM

You are insane and I love it!!

the_bird 07-14-2007 12:18 AM

You're insane, but in a good way! That's going to be one helluva beer.


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