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Old 05-03-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default Just transfered my Imperial stout to barrel, do i seal i with a bung?

My 5 gallon bourbon barrel came with a bung. I assume I just use that since fermentation is done?

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:19 PM   #2
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Plug that bung

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Piece of cake.

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Make sure you taste the beer every few days to make sure it doesn't get over oaked. I have been obcessed with barrel aged beers, especially RIS. I think I have 4 versions so far.

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I was going to do my first sample after 2 weeks then every week after that. Do you think I should sample sooner? This beer is big and I added no flavors like coffee, vanilla, etc. so I desire to pick up a decent amount of flavors from the barrel.

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Heh heh...you said bung.

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I know, and technically I plugged the bung hole

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How new is the barrel? How many batches of beer have gone through it? If it is new, and 5 gallons, it will impart a lot if oak flavor. It won't need more than 2-3 weeks and that might be too much. A 5 gallon has more surface area than a full size barrel. Every time you use it you will get less oak flavor. They are usually good for 4 or 5 batches. After that you will have to add oak chips, cubes, or spirals.

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It was used to make bourbon from a distillery in Texas. They did 2 batches with it starting the first batch about 8 months ago dumping then doing 2nd batch about 2 months ago. It was sealed after they dumped their 2nd batch. I did not sanitize the inside because I didn't want to loose any of that bourbon flavor. How do you recommend storing the barrel in between batches? It will probably be another 4 weeks after dumping this first beer before I do another in it.

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