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Old 02-27-2013, 03:26 AM   #1
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I have a bourbon barrel I've used twice for bourbon barrel stouts. I keep Makers Mark in it when it's not holding beer. After I bottle, I rinse out the barrel and dump in another bottle of Makers.

My question is, can I dump out the bourbon, rinse it really well, and pour in a bottle or two of rum and keep shaking it around every other day to turn it into a rum barrel? Is the char different or anything or is the bourbon already an overwhelming presense? Maybe it would be a unique combo?

In a few weeks, I'll have a vanilla porter that will be ready and was wanting to age it for awhile in a rum barrel or at least what would seem like a rum barrel.

Is this possible? If so, what type of rum would be good to use? Any thoughts?

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Old 02-27-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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I'm going to weigh in with just an opinion. If you've already fermented a stout or two and soaked it in bourbon, to me it would be unrealistic to expect nothing but oak and rum to pass onto the porter. Just an opinion

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Thanks for the reply. I think I'm going to just leave it as a bourbon barrel and leave the porter the way it is as well.

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While I lean toward your decision to keep it as a bourbon only barrel, there's many excellent bourbon rum drinks. I suspect a bourbon rum porter could be one of them.

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Bourbon vanilla porter aged in a rum cask. That sounds like something a man would pay money for. Feel free to send me a sampler, I'll give honest balanced feedback free of charge!

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