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Old 01-02-2013, 05:13 PM   #11
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Did u add sulfites to keep it from souring?? I had a 10% abv barley wine go sour that I thought would be self sanitizing. Since them ive added them to every beer in my new whiskey barrel to protect the beer and the barrel from the nasties

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:25 PM   #12
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Did u add sulfites to keep it from souring?? I had a 10% abv barley wine go sour that I thought would be self sanitizing. Since them ive added them to every beer in my new whiskey barrel to protect the beer and the barrel from the nasties
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:34 PM   #13
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I just washed it out a couple times with warm water
Watch the hot water usage with barrels! There's likely bacteria and "stuff" in your hot water heater that you may not want in your barrel since some things proliferate in the hot environment. I've had 2 barrels and had 2 unintentional barrel infections. They were great for sour beers, but even my non-sour strong beers (10%+) caught a bug and ended up souring. It's touchy with barrels but rewarding if done correctly. Don't expect to get more than a few batches - the first batch will be very oaky but each batch will take more and more time to achieve the level of oakiness you get initially. Using barrels is a whole new world so enjoy
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Watch the hot water usage with barrels! There's likely bacteria and "stuff" in your hot water heater that you may not want in your barrel since some things proliferate in the hot environment. I've had 2 barrels and had 2 unintentional barrel infections. They were great for sour beers, but even my non-sour strong beers (10%+) caught a bug and ended up souring. It's touchy with barrels but rewarding if done correctly. Don't expect to get more than a few batches - the first batch will be very oaky but each batch will take more and more time to achieve the level of oakiness you get initially. Using barrels is a whole new world so enjoy
Looking into finding barrels ...thank you
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:01 AM   #15
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Looking into finding barrels ...thank you
Homebrewing.org has barrels 1,2,3,5,10,20L from $60 to $160 depending on size. No idea if that is a good price as i haven't shopped around.

I'm sure there are other places but like I said, I haven't shopped around.
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From all the material I have read online everything said not to use chemicals like sulfates because it will decay the charred oak on the inside of the barrel. When used hot water I constantly washed it out with fresh hot water. After that, I added my beer. But again, I posted a thread before getting my barrel and asked what I should do to properly "clean" it. Someone sent me a PDF article that talked about what the proper steps to keeping a barrel clean and what not. No where did it mention adding sulfates. My guess is the barrels you all purchased were foul to begin with. I would be very weary of the places you purchase from. Mine has no problems.

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