Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Two Barrel-Aged Group Brews
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-27-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
Pappers_
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pappers_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 11,769
Liked 937 Times on 665 Posts
Likes Given: 2007

Default Two Barrel-Aged Group Brews

In the last month or so, I've brewed for two group barrel-aged projects. Both are 50+ gallons. I've never participated in projects like this before, so am interested in seeing how it turns out. Some of our thinking is that we might bring a keg of each to next year's AHA conference in Grand Rapids, for the homebrew club night.

The first is a Tripel and the second is an Imperial Mild (like that even makes sense ) For the Tripel, we all brewed at our homes but using the same recipe. For the Imperial Mild, some of use hauled equipment to a friends farm and had a shared brew day, which was fun.

Here I am, brewing in the corn crib:



Anyone else doing group projects, or barrel-aged brews? I'm thinking about buying a 30 gallon barrel from a local distillery (Koval) and doing another project with a friend - each of us doing 15 gallons.

Pappers_ is offline
TxBrew Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-28-2013, 08:14 PM   #2
Pappers_
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pappers_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 11,769
Liked 937 Times on 665 Posts
Likes Given: 2007

Default

26 hours and completely ignored - that sets a new record for me. Even if folks didn't want to talk about their barrel projects, I thought someone might comment on this stunning photo of me brewing in dirt.

Pappers_ is offline
TxBrew Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2013, 04:41 AM   #3
smokinghole
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
smokinghole's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lucid Dream Land
Posts: 2,890
Liked 115 Times on 96 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

I don't really have a group thing going. I have a 15gal barrel I use. Its a bitch to fill with high gravity, but even a low gravity brew is a pain because my kettle is only 15 gal. So I can do high gravity and dilute or I have to two batches just like with high gravity brews. I'd like to get a kettle capable of 30 gal boils for barrel filling purposes. I'd eventually like to get a couple wine barrels and fill them on my own. That will necessitate me buying another house first. Anyhow, hope the group things work out. I bet it can be a pain in the butt pulling the beer from the barrel in an orchestrated manner that agrees with the schedules of all involved.

__________________

Going through life is hard.
Going through life stupid is harder.

smokinghole is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2013, 12:22 PM   #4
Pappers_
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pappers_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 11,769
Liked 937 Times on 665 Posts
Likes Given: 2007

Default

I understand the smaller the barrel, the more careful you have to be regarding timing, because of the increased surface area exposed to wood. As for the group pulling the beer, yes, we'll need to find a time when we can all do it, or at least give our clean/sanitized kegs to the barrel-keeper.

Pappers_ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2013, 12:44 PM   #5
ShaineT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: TriCities, WA
Posts: 249
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Our club the MCZA (Mid-Columbia Zymurgy Association) is fortunate enough to do two group brew sessions a year using a local micro-brewery's equipment. We call them megabrews and usually produce around 300 gallons of ferment-able wort of which each member takes some home to ferment with their choice of yeast and temp. We've not done a barrel aging as of yet, at least since I've joined. If any of you in clubs have a microbrewery that supports you I highly encourage to inquire for the possibility of conducting "megabrews" on their equipment. We always have a staff member there to supervise and help with equipment. Cheers!

__________________
ShaineT is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2013, 03:12 PM   #6
Pappers_
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Pappers_'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 11,769
Liked 937 Times on 665 Posts
Likes Given: 2007

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaineT View Post
Our club the MCZA (Mid-Columbia Zymurgy Association) is fortunate enough to do two group brew sessions a year using a local micro-brewery's equipment. We call them megabrews and usually produce around 300 gallons of ferment-able wort of which each member takes some home to ferment with their choice of yeast and temp. We've not done a barrel aging as of yet, at least since I've joined. If any of you in clubs have a microbrewery that supports you I highly encourage to inquire for the possibility of conducting "megabrews" on their equipment. We always have a staff member there to supervise and help with equipment. Cheers!
That's an interesting idea for a group brew that I had not thought of before - thanks.
__________________
http://www.singingboysbrewing.com

My wife's book "Uncovering Lives: Discovering One Immigrant Generation's Secrets and Lives of Forgiveness, Grace and Healing"
Pappers_ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2013, 03:17 PM   #7
TxBrew
Der Administrator
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
TxBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Posts: 8,650
Liked 1709 Times on 566 Posts
Likes Given: 854

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pappers_ View Post
26 hours and completely ignored - that sets a new record for me. Even if folks didn't want to talk about their barrel projects, I thought someone might comment on this stunning photo of me brewing in dirt.
I thought you were taller with bigger muscles.
__________________
Love HBT? Follow this link.

My Instagram
TxBrew is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2013, 05:42 PM   #8
Homercidal
Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Homercidal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Reed City, MI
Posts: 23,577
Liked 2147 Times on 1536 Posts
Likes Given: 1179

Default

So that's how you get the barnyard character when you don't have any Brett laying around!

__________________
Homercidal is offline
Pappers_ Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2013, 05:52 PM   #9
jbaysurfer
Former future HOF Brewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 2,343
Liked 443 Times on 337 Posts
Likes Given: 716

Default

Our club did a barrel project and won the BRO competition at the SoCal HBfest with it.

I've recently been invited on two myself, though we haven't brewed yet. One will be a barrel aged barleywine and the other either a Flanders Red, or a Lambic.

__________________

First Brew was thanksgiving 2011, I'm at 96 batches and counting (as of 8/31/2014), and ran out of room in my signature to list them all.

jbaysurfer is offline
Pappers_ Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-29-2013, 10:12 PM   #10
passedpawn
Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
passedpawn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: ☼ Clearwater, FL ☼
Posts: 18,902
Liked 3337 Times on 2065 Posts
Likes Given: 2840

Default

That cardboard windscreen is clever. And flammable.

Looks like you're missing your right pinky. Sure sign of an Italian loan gone wrong.

Good man, the cornhole is ready. I love that game. I challenge thee.

Good luck with your barrel projects.

__________________
Hey goomba I love how you dance the rumba
But take some advice paisano learn-a how to mambo
If you're gonna be a square you ain't-a gonna go anywhere.
passedpawn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Whiskey Barrel Aged RIS Brewbien Recipes/Ingredients 1 05-21-2013 01:42 AM
Barrel Aged Hunahpu Day sfrisby Florida HomeBrew Forum 2 10-03-2012 12:10 PM
Barrel Aged Doppelbock? wpshadowens General Beer Discussion 0 06-17-2012 05:50 PM
Barrel aged Rasputin two_hearted General Beer Discussion 16 01-18-2012 04:56 AM
bourbon-barrel-aged barrel-oak-smoked porter? slim chillingsworth Recipes/Ingredients 3 08-01-2009 02:46 PM