Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Barrel Aging a Doppelbock...when?
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-06-2013, 02:46 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
erikrocks's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ithaca, NY
Posts: 673
Liked 14 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default Barrel Aging a Doppelbock...when?


I've recently decided to concentrate my brewing primarily on German lagers and German ales. I currently have an export stout aging in a 10 gallon bourbon barrel and need to brew something to take its place when I empty it. I'm thinking about brewing a doppelbock, but I'm unsure when to barrel age it. I know the most ideal situation would probably br to lager it in the barrel at around 35 degrees, but I really don't think the barrel will fit in one of my chest freezers. Should I:

a.) barrel age it before I lager it
b.) lager it before I barrel age it?

My basement is usually between 60 and 65 degrees consistently. Thanks!

erikrocks is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 205
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 3


I would think barrel age it before the lager, since it would give the brew more time meld with the oak.


Kegged - Citra Pale Ale, Session Saison, Robust Porter (Nitro), Hoppy Red Ale, Caffrey's Irish Ale clone, Cascadian Dark ale, German Pilsner.
Aging - Bourbon barrel aged RIS,
Primary -
To Brew - TBD

Brewrifle is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
FarmerTed's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 461
Liked 61 Times on 51 Posts
Likes Given: 123


You could try emailing Schmaltz Brewing/Coney Island about this; they make a Barrel-aged version of Human Blockhead. I'm pretty sure they posted the recipe; they may have the process details on their site, too, but I'm sure they'd tell you what they do.

FarmerTed is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Barrel aging and vanilla beans, bad for the barrel? lakedawgs General Techniques 2 09-23-2013 04:40 PM
Barrel aging: i have a barrel, but no stand!! BrewinBigD General Beer Discussion 3 10-05-2012 07:45 PM
Vote! Aging a doppelbock: oak or choc. NuclearRich Recipes/Ingredients 6 09-20-2012 07:26 PM
Barrel Aged Doppelbock? wpshadowens General Beer Discussion 0 06-17-2012 05:50 PM
Barrel aging less than full barrel capacity tvmatt Equipment/Sanitation 4 03-29-2012 01:06 AM