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Old 12-31-2008, 02:15 AM   #1
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Hello Brewers,
I was pondering, as I live pretty close to the Jack Daniels Distillery and can get used, wet JD oak barrels, if anyone has ever aged a brew in a barrel like that? What styles do you think would take well to the process and what styles should be avoided? Would using the barrel make a large difference versus chips or chips soaked in Jack Daniels?

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Old 12-31-2008, 05:34 AM   #2
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It takes quite a bit of beer to fill a full sized barrel, however some brewing clubs have done it during group brewing sessions. Generally bourbon barrels are used. Style-wise they tend to be stronger tasting beers: porter, stout (imperial or regular), scotch ale, etc.

By the way, welcome to HBT. I spent a fair amount of time in Hendersonville during the 90's for business. I really enjoyed the whole Nashville area.

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Old 12-31-2008, 06:47 PM   #3
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ahhh another nashville area brewer i see i'm down in spring hill, hello neighbor!

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Old 12-31-2008, 11:50 PM   #4
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Dude... Slight jealousy building. What do you suppose the freight would be on one of those bad boys?

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Old 01-01-2009, 01:38 AM   #5
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As BrianP stated it is usually heavier beers. The local club in my area just did one with RIS. Around here though most are using used wine barrels, instead of bourbon. I haven't done any barrel aging personally but I think it would be a fun project. Again though that is a lot of beer to produce just to fill it up. Good luck.

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Well, I have a brew magic on order from Sabco, so I can produce the volume relatively easily. I hope to sell to some local restaurants once I get things figured out and the proper licensing, so it might be a neat niche brew. I do have about 40 gallons of muscadine wine about 1 year old in carboys, might should procure a barrel for that

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What kind of licensing and what type of area are you looking at setting up shop? I have also been talking with my buddy about doing some kind of nano or cottage style brewery. Have you done any research yet into what is required?

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Any barrel aging tips? I am experimenting with aging some cheap vodka in small barrels first to simulate used bourbon barrels...

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The main problem I would see in using wet JD barrels would be that the standard size of a barrel is 31 gallons! Secondly, I feel like they would be pretty tough to get a hold of unless you knew the right people.

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How much do they sell these for? I'd drive up and get one!

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