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ralex999 03-29-2012 12:11 AM

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You did a fantastic build. You could make a fortune selling those on Craigslist. I built one before I realized that the barrel could be used for fermenting Barley Wine. I used wine barrels instead of Whiskey Barrels but I have heard many use Bourbon barrel for the unique and flavorable taste it gives upon aging for a couple of years. Many of the craft brewers are re-discovering oak barrels from a century ago. Legend has it that the orginal India Pale Ales were hopped up for the long journey from England to India. By the time the ale got to India, the oak had mellowed out the bitter taste of heavy hop's and made for a unique beer. The orginal Bass No. 1 brewed in the 1800's was fermented in Oak barrels. I think there is something about heavy beers with a gravity of 1.100 that kills the bacteria. I know we are told never to stir with a wooden spoon, but the best beer I have ever tasted in my life was aged for over a year in a Wooden Oak barrel. Next barrel you get, consider aging some Barley Wine or Imperial Stout in it. It will make a train take a dirt road to get some more....


ralex999 03-29-2012 12:11 AM

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You did a fantastic build. You could make a fortune selling those on Craigslist. I built one before I realized that the barrel could be used for fermenting Barley Wine. I used wine barrels instead of Whiskey Barrels but I have heard many use Bourbon barrel for the unique and flavorable taste it gives upon aging for a couple of years. Many of the craft brewers are re-discovering oak barrels from a century ago. Legend has it that the orginal India Pale Ales were hopped up for the long journey from England to India. By the time the ale got to India, the oak had mellowed out the bitter taste of heavy hop's and made for a unique beer. The orginal Bass No. 1 brewed in the 1800's was fermented in Oak barrels. I think there is something about heavy beers with a gravity of 1.100 that kills the bacteria. I know we are told never to stir with a wooden spoon, but the best beer I have ever tasted in my life was aged for over a year in a Wooden Oak barrel. Next barrel you get, consider aging some Barley Wine or Imperial Stout in it. It will make a train take a dirt road to get some more....


Pad1089 04-26-2012 03:35 PM

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More info from ShastyMcJasty, most of this can be found in previous post but this answer has a little bit more detail "It has had 6 kegs successfully through it and not a problem yet. The wood did shrink but not to the point where it is structurely compromised. If I did it again I would make some expanding rings to go on the inside wall. Would be very easy and would allow compensation for the wood shrinking. The fan the way it is seems to be plenty cooling for the load once it is up to temp. You would be very hard pressed to get 2 cornies in there. It may be possible if you make a low profile cold plate."

After a lot of debate and research I decided against building my rendition of this barrel kegerator because I didn't think I would be able to fit two cornys inside. This is a google Sketchup of what I wanted my build to look like.


Pad1089 04-26-2012 03:35 PM

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More info from ShastyMcJasty, most of this can be found in previous post but this answer has a little bit more detail "It has had 6 kegs successfully through it and not a problem yet. The wood did shrink but not to the point where it is structurely compromised. If I did it again I would make some expanding rings to go on the inside wall. Would be very easy and would allow compensation for the wood shrinking. The fan the way it is seems to be plenty cooling for the load once it is up to temp. You would be very hard pressed to get 2 cornies in there. It may be possible if you make a low profile cold plate."

After a lot of debate and research I decided against building my rendition of this barrel kegerator because I didn't think I would be able to fit two cornys inside. This is a google Sketchup of what I wanted my build to look like.


Pad1089 04-26-2012 03:35 PM

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More info from ShastyMcJasty, most of this can be found in previous post but this answer has a little bit more detail "It has had 6 kegs successfully through it and not a problem yet. The wood did shrink but not to the point where it is structurely compromised. If I did it again I would make some expanding rings to go on the inside wall. Would be very easy and would allow compensation for the wood shrinking. The fan the way it is seems to be plenty cooling for the load once it is up to temp. You would be very hard pressed to get 2 cornies in there. It may be possible if you make a low profile cold plate."

After a lot of debate and research I decided against building my rendition of this barrel kegerator because I didn't think I would be able to fit two cornys inside. This is a google Sketchup of what I wanted my build to look like.



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