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Old 04-19-2013, 05:16 AM   #11
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Jdhasse, do you have a 15 and 53 gallon barrel?

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Old 04-19-2013, 12:19 PM   #12
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Bourbon is basically oak-flavored vodka. So adding bourbon to a barrel will give you oak-extract flavored oak. Each successive use of the barrel will leave you with less oakiness than before, but you can restore the barrel to first-use condition by charring the inside. However, barrels are a lot of work to maintain, are easily infected and allow a lot of oxygen into the beer. They do make an awesome decoration and conversation piece, but for homebrewers, oak cubes or dowels are a much easier and cheaper solution for most beers.
I think that is my take away as well. Our homebrew club did a group buy so I got 2 barrels pretty cheap (~$55 each) and I actually just ended up selling one. They do seem like they might be more trouble than they are worth.
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Thanks for all the replies...

Yhea, oak chips work very well but there's one thing it doesn't reproduce, and it's slow oxydation that provides some flavors too.

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Old 04-20-2013, 02:52 AM   #14
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Jdhasse, do you have a 15 and 53 gallon barrel?
Yes, got a 15 from a small distillery in Iowa and recently a 53 from makers mark. Not sure exactly how i am going to fill 53 gallons but the opportunity arose and I snatched it up.

The point of my initial post was if a 53 gallon should last 5 or 6 before neutral I am hoping the 15 will last 3 or 4

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Yes, got a 15 from a small distillery in Iowa and recently a 53 from makers mark. Not sure exactly how i am going to fill 53 gallons but the opportunity arose and I snatched it up.

The point of my initial post was if a 53 gallon should last 5 or 6 before neutral I am hoping the 15 will last 3 or 4

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Awesome. I have a single 53. It had been used once for bourbon, probably only once again for whiskey, and maybe once for a beer. I say maybe because it still smelled of bourbon but I was told it had beer in it. I soaked it a few times and went straight to sour.
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Not sure if you're dead set on a new barrel or not. But I would recommend a used one. Keep an eye on this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f41/5-ga...-stand-386723/

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Not sure if you're dead set on a new barrel or not. But I would recommend a used one. Keep an eye on this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f41/5-ga...-stand-386723/
Thanks for the link, but I guess they would not ship to Canada.

If I buy a Barrel, it's going to be a new one, so I would be able to use the full range of flavors. But anyways... it's still a project.. i'm sticking for oaks chips for now.
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