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Old 01-22-2014, 06:33 PM   #1
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Default Barrel aging previously bottle conditioned beer

Hi there - so my lady friend just got me a small oak barrel for aging beer for my recent bday. I'm itching to try it, but none of the brews I'm planning for the near future would really benefit from barrel aging. I do have on hand a smoked porter I made a couple months ago that was bottle conditioned that I think would be nice to barrel age.

How would it work if I just oped up a few bottles of the porter and put it in the barrel. I'm thinking I would definitely need to let the carbonation dissipate before plugging it up. But then what? I exclusively bottle condition (don't have a keg or ability to force carbonate). Would there be any viable yeast left after a month or so in bottles and then a couple months in the barrel to naturally carbonate for a second time? Thoughts?

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Old 01-22-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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Might depend on the alcohol content of the porter. If it isn't too high, I'm sure you'll have some yeast left. To be safe, though, you could always add a half packet of S-05 along with some priming sugar at bottling.

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Old 01-22-2014, 06:56 PM   #3
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I wonder if you would end up with some oxidation issues from the beer foaming and mixing with O2. You might be better off just planning a nice batch to fill your cask with.

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I would just brew a new beer for it as well. You've done a lot of work to get the smoked porter bottle conditioned. Just enjoy it. You could always re-brew it (maybe with higher gravity) and put it in the barrel.

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Old 01-23-2014, 04:07 PM   #5
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Hmm I hadn't considered oxidization. And I do like how my porter turned out. It would be a shame to waste any of it.

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you'd definitely be risking oxidation if you're just pouring the bottled beer in. you could try to gently pour them into a bucket then syphon into the barrel i guess, but unless its going to fill the barrel you'd not only still be risking oxidation, but an acetobacteria infection as well. in any case, a few months is way too long for your first beer in a small barrel, a few weeks tops.

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