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Old 12-28-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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I ended up with one of the balcones whiskey barrels, and have a barley wine in there for about 2 weeks. Any suggestions on how long to leave it? Also storage after I rack it?

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I ended up with one of the balcones whiskey barrels, and have a barley wine in there for about 2 weeks. Any suggestions on how long to leave it? Also storage after I rack it?
I had a 7.5%abv American Stout in mine for 1.5 weeks and it was a little over oaked for my tastes, but since I'm planning on aging it out 6-8 months, it should be perfect.

I went from the barrel into a carboy to bulk age for the majority of that time, then will bottle and condition for as long as I can keep it around.
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It's going to be different for every barrel and every beer. The only way is to taste it periodically.

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It's going to be different for every barrel and every beer. The only way is to taste it periodically.
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I just got a 5 gallon whiskey barrel myself. How full did you fill the barrel? Was there any head space left in the barrel? It was recommended to me that I should not have any headspace in the barrel. I have about 6.5 gallons in my primary and want to make sure after transferring I will have enough considering trub on the bottom of the primary.

Then again if this is a freshly empty barrel and I only have it I for a short period of time, will it even matter with this batch. I say this based on the 3-3-3 method mentioned in this thread.

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