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Old 06-22-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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Recently I picked up a Jack Daniels whiskey barrel. Due to working through licensing and other things going on we decided to use homebrew to fill this 53 gallon barrel. We ended up doing 8 Batches of 5.5 gallons and may top it off later. We decided on a stout to give it a good dark malty backbone for the whiskey and oak to compliment. Here is some data we noticed from using my homebrew system.

Est Pre Boil Gravity - 1.058
Est Original Gravity - 1.070
Mash @ 154 for 60min
WLP 001 California Yeast

Stout 1 - Pre Boil - 1.058 / OG 1.070 / Pitch @ 74 degrees
Stout 2 - Pre Boil - 1.061 / OG 1.070 / Pitch @ 74 degrees
Stout 3 - Pre Boil - 1.061 / OG 1.070 / Pitch @ 74 degrees
Stout 4 - Pre Boil - 1.055 / OG 1.068 / Pitch @ 74 degrees
Stout 5 - Pre Boil - 1.055 / OG 1.068 / Pitch @ 74 degrees
Stout 6 - Pre Boil - 1.058 / OG 1.070 / Pitch @ 74 degrees
Stout 7 - Pre Boil - 1.058 / OG 1.070 / Pitch @ 74 degrees
Stout 8 - Pre Boil - 1.058 / OG 1.070 / Pitch @ 74 degrees

Temperature was not our friend during this during these brews. We ended up doing 3 brews a day with only 2 brews the last day due to only having a 10 gallon mash tun limiting us to 5 gallons a batch. Due to high temperatures during the afternoons we had to come up with a better way to cool the wort even after passing it through a 40 plate chiller. Overall was kinda fun using this system to brew but I don't think I will ever do 1bbl + again on a 5 gallon system. Everything is tucked away in a fermentation chamber at 68 degrees.

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Old 06-22-2012, 03:40 AM   #2
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That's awesome. But yeah I can imagine doing that many batches on a 5 gallon system would be pretty taxing...still, have fun with it!

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Old 06-22-2012, 04:26 AM   #3
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Nice. We just did this back in January with a Stranahan's whiskey barrel. Racked ~45 gallons into the 53 gallon barrel and aged it for 3 months. Turned out stellar. Silky smooth, with lots of great vanilla, caramel, and of course whiskey flavors from the barrel. Have 5 gallons on CO2 and 5 gallons on beer gas. Tastes like heaven from the nitro tap.

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Old 06-23-2012, 02:20 AM   #4
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I was thinking of topping it off in the near future to 45 - 48 gallons. The aim for aging is 3 months so we can distribute to family and friends come the holiday season but the first real check point will be 6 weeks. Afterwards we will keep checking until we feel it ready. I'm looking forward to see what the wood and spirits do to the beer.

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Finally transferred the beer to the barrel this last Friday. Looking forward to aging. We had brewed the same stout and served it on the 4th and I think it will create a great beer with the barrel aging.

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