Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Aging in wooden barrels
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-31-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
Spencecore24
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Glendale, Ca
Posts: 143
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Aging in wooden barrels

I was talking with my buddy a few days ago and we got into a discussion about barrel aging. Doesnt wood contain ethanol that is extracted from contact with alcohol. Wouldn't the contents of wood contaminate beer and grain alcohol? Or is it just particular kinds of wood that contain these? I know that hard woods are better for smoking and bbqing because they contain less oils than there softer counterparts. Thanks!

__________________
Spencecore24 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-31-2012, 05:47 PM   #2
dpeanut7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Tinley Park, Illinois
Posts: 80
Default

I believe barrels used for aging are either charred, or affected in some other way. I think some barrels used for beer have already been used to age wine/whiskey.

__________________
dpeanut7 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-31-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
dcp27
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Medford, MA
Posts: 4,076
Liked 118 Times on 114 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

wood doesnt contain ethanol, it contains cellulosic material that can be made into ethanol.

not sure what you mean about contaminating beer/alcohol

__________________
dcp27 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-31-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
frazier
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: illinois
Posts: 1,716
Liked 99 Times on 88 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

I would think that if wood caused contamination, someone in the brewing industry would have figured it out sometime in the last several centuries.

__________________

~
"Anything worth doing, is worth doing slowly." ~~ Mae West

frazier is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-31-2012, 07:38 PM   #5
KPSquared
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Posts: 306
Liked 14 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Have you tried Innis and Gunn? So freaking good. . . They did something right aging in used barrels. . .phenomenal beer.

__________________
Watershed Brewing Co.
KPSquared is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-31-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
ResumeMan
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ResumeMan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 460
Liked 24 Times on 23 Posts

Default

I have some friends who do this a lot, though I have yet to participate.

I believe that, as depeanut says, the charring helps provide a seal to prevent contamination. Also, as you note, there's quite a bit of ethanol present from the liquor that was first aged in the barrels; that is really the whole point! And the alcohol absorbed in the wood and present as vapor in the interior all help keep things sanitary. And then this is all aided by the fact that it is generally pretty high-alcohol beers that are aged in them.

I've tried a few of the end products, and man are they gooood!!

__________________
ResumeMan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
wooden spoons ok? djelemenohpee Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 04-13-2012 11:56 AM
Wooden Stirrer? Just-a-Guy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 01-09-2012 10:49 AM
My wooden paddle is splintering h22lude Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 11-14-2011 06:40 AM
Bulk Aging v Bottle Aging celts Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 02-19-2010 12:37 PM
Is there an advantage of aging in secondary instead of only aging in bottles? polamalu43 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 04-02-2008 01:20 PM