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Old 02-25-2013, 01:09 AM   #2561
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Hey jwalk.. Not an expert but I love Nottingham. It usually finishes up quick in 3-4 days and cleans up a beer very nice. Great choice in that stout!
Phew! That's a relief. I was afraid my efforts were.... all for 'Nott'!

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Anyways, yeah, I was just surprised at the lack of krausen, not a real problem that I've had before. But I'm really pumped about it!
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:35 AM   #2562
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Forgive me if this has been discussed already in the previous 256 pages of this thread... but is anyone doing any barrel-aging with 1-gallon batches? I've seen some 2liter and 5liter oak barrels for sale lately (not too expensive). Might be good for aging small batches.

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:39 AM   #2563
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Forgive me if this has been discussed already in the previous 256 pages of this thread... but is anyone doing any barrel-aging with 1-gallon batches? I've seen some 2liter and 5liter oak barrels for sale lately (not too expensive). Might be good for aging small batches.

Where did you see those?
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:01 AM   #2564
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Was looking for a 5-gallon barrel on Barrel Source, and I found several smaller ones. Considering buying this combo deal when I get my tax refund. The 5-liter barrels could hold a little over 1 gallon each... and I could use the bonus little guy to age some whiskey or something.

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Was looking for a 5-gallon barrel on Barrel Source, and I found several smaller ones. Considering buying this combo deal when I get my tax refund. The 5-liter barrels could hold a little over 1 gallon each... and I could use the bonus little guy to age some whiskey or something.
Oh wow am I tempted. I've been wanting to try some barrel aging for cider and mead for a while now.
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There is also http://www.barrelsonline.com/Default.aspx, among others.

I have other questions on these, such as, can you reuse them? Would you have to sand out the interior and rechar the inside to reuse it?

I have only done three brews and an Apfelwine so far, and three of those four are still fermenting, so I'm pretty new. The first brew I used Cooper's yeast that was supplied with the kit, but the next two and the Apfel I used Nottingham. The brews were basically Cooper's hopped extract with extra DME and sugars added and I got loads of krausen with those, and had to use a blow-off tube for the first three days, and then switch to a standard airlock.

The Apfelwine, not much for krausen, just a little foam at the top, and have been using a regular airlock from the beginning. Plenty of bubbling.

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:22 PM   #2567
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I have other questions on these, such as, can you reuse them? Would you have to sand out the interior and rechar the inside to reuse it?
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You can re-use barrels. Its not possible (or necessary) to take them apart to clean them between uses though. There are ways to sanitize them if you need to. The whole point of barrel aging (for me) would be for sour beers. There, the draw is for the bacteria and wild yeasts to innoculate the porous would of the barrel so future batches get more and more complex and tasty.
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Wonder if anyone else has considered using a wine fridge/cooler for a 1 gallon jug. Seems like those would be perfect for locking in ale temps (if there's one out there with the dimensions). If anyone has info on this please let me know, or send me a PM.

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Forgive me if this has been discussed already in the previous 256 pages of this thread... but is anyone doing any barrel-aging with 1-gallon batches? I've seen some 2liter and 5liter oak barrels for sale lately (not too expensive). Might be good for aging small batches.
Very cool deal on those barrels. Wish I had more room now.

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Wonder if anyone else has considered using a wine fridge/cooler for a 1 gallon jug. Seems like those would be perfect for locking in ale temps (if there's one out there with the dimensions). If anyone has info on this please let me know, or send me a PM.
Lots of folks use a wine fridge for cooling. I actually do as well. Vissani 52 from depot. Check sales as they come down to less than $125 a couple times a year and dinged models below 100. There's also a whole thread on bypassing their stat and installing a whole digital controller. I plug mine into an eBay STC-1000 aquarium controller. Costs about $22 shipped from China and works excellent!
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