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Old 10-13-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Aging beer in a whisky barrel

Has anyone ever done it? I found these five gallon barrels and I want to see how this works. If I do this is there a way to sanitize the barrel and reuse it for future brews?
http://www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/barrels/



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Old 10-14-2011, 12:37 AM   #2
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cool find!!!

i imagine you could sanatize with alchohal if you could afford it and it would reimpart the whiskey flavor to the next batch



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Old 10-14-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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Is the barrel still wet? If so, it's likely sanitary as it is. If it didn't come with a small amount of whiskey in it I would buy a fifth of the highest proof neutral grain alcohol available to you and slosh that around, pour it out, and add your beer back in.

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Can't you just use Star-San?

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No idea on if the barrel is still wet. I've read that the small volume will impart the oak and bourbon flavor quicker though so that's good

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Old 10-14-2011, 01:01 AM   #6
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Can't you just use Star-San?
I wouldn't. You are supposed to let Star-San dry which would not be possible on the porous wood. There is a (commercial?) process of burning sulfur sticks in the barrel to sanitize.
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I have an 8 gallon barrel from http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/TuthilltownSpirits/-strse-Barrels/Categories.bok which I have infected with my sour belgian brown. If you plan on leaving it for a long term such as I am, brew a high gravity beer because you dont want the flavor of the barrel to become overpowering.

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