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Old 03-19-2011, 02:47 AM   #31
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Looks like we will be getting 3 5 gallon heavy char rum barrels from the distillers in March.

These are slightly different (thicker staves) and more expensive than the ones we just sold. If you are interested let me know they will be $115 + shipping.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:04 AM   #32
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@Virant- GREAT info man thanks so much. Quick question though. These barrels have been recently dumped, so Im guessing when we receive them they'll be empty. By what your buddy said, do you think it would be best to pour some spirits into it when i receive it and then proceed accordingly? I just want to make sure i preserve that character.

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Old 03-19-2011, 09:01 PM   #33
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Are there any more 5 gallon barrels?

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Old 03-19-2011, 11:26 PM   #34
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@Virant- GREAT info man thanks so much. Quick question though. These barrels have been recently dumped, so Im guessing when we receive them they'll be empty. By what your buddy said, do you think it would be best to pour some spirits into it when i receive it and then proceed accordingly? I just want to make sure i preserve that character.

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The barrel that I recieved actually contains some raw spirits from the distillery still. If yours doesn't, then yes, I would add some.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:00 AM   #35
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mine had a very little bit of residual liquor in it, but smelled incredibly of rum. I added about 1-2 cups of rum to it to keep it sanitized and plan to fill it with an old ale I'll be brewing next weekend and leaving in for several months. Great quality stuff as usual John!

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Old 03-20-2011, 05:33 AM   #36
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mine had a very little bit of residual liquor in it, but smelled incredibly of rum. I added about 1-2 cups of rum to it to keep it sanitized and plan to fill it with an old ale I'll be brewing next weekend and leaving in for several months. Great quality stuff as usual John!
One thing to consider is the surface area to volume ratio as opposed to a 32 gallon barrel. The local distillery by my house uses their 10 gallon barrels for a single malt whiskey and ages for 7 months, which they claim gives them a similar taste to a 10 year old single malt.

You're going to develop a lot of barrel character in the beer in a short period of time. Give it a shot after a week or so and see what you think before potentially ruining a batch of beer.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:32 PM   #37
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One thing to consider is the surface area to volume ratio as opposed to a 32 gallon barrel. The local distillery by my house uses their 10 gallon barrels for a single malt whiskey and ages for 7 months, which they claim gives them a similar taste to a 10 year old single malt.

You're going to develop a lot of barrel character in the beer in a short period of time. Give it a shot after a week or so and see what you think before potentially ruining a batch of beer.
Oh I know its a much higher rate, didn't realize it was quite that high tho (nearly 20x!). I guess I'll be tasting it along the way earlier than planned, but its gunna be sitting for quite some time so I think I'll be OK either way.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:16 AM   #38
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What would be shipping to 02904 be?

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Old 03-22-2011, 04:42 PM   #39
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One thing to consider is the surface area to volume ratio as opposed to a 32 gallon barrel. The local distillery by my house uses their 10 gallon barrels for a single malt whiskey and ages for 7 months, which they claim gives them a similar taste to a 10 year old single malt.

You're going to develop a lot of barrel character in the beer in a short period of time. Give it a shot after a week or so and see what you think before potentially ruining a batch of beer.
The stiller actually ages in these barrels for 4 months, so that gives you an idea of how fast these barrels impart flavor. I would agree with having multiple beers being ready for the barrel because of the speed in which it will impart flavor, age the first for a couple of weeks, then rack it out and put the next beer in. We use 5 gallon (new) barrels for wine and the first batch run through it took only about 2 weeks to be oaked, the next was about a month, and so on.
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shipping to 19054 (home)? or 08837 (work)?

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