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Old 01-21-2010, 03:31 AM   #1
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Default Why does this keg have a hole in the side?

Hi. I just bought 3 kegs off a guy locally. One of them is a 1/4 barrel but it has a hole in the side of it with a wooden bung.

It looks like this:


Is this keg any use to me as a homebrewer? I'm going to turn the other two half barrels into a Brew kettle and hot water tun.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:38 AM   #2
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Was he using that to ferment in, or store wine? Looks like a fermentation barrel, except it's a keg...
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:39 AM   #3
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its a cask! it looks like it belongs to clipper city brewing company.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:40 AM   #4
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Either that or he was using it to age beer. Kind of looks like the barrels used to age wine, only a keg.

EDIT: Yeap, probably a cask. I know Clipper City casks some of their stuff, I've had it before. Never actually seen the cask, though!
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I believe it is a cask, often referred to as a "Firkin" used for English style real ale.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:46 AM   #6
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Just do a Google Image Search for cask and you'll see tons of stuff like this. A few more hits in Maryland. I guess we like our cask beer here.
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so this is used when microbrews make "cask conditioned" ales?

I've had some local bells beer (hopslam) on tap on a firkin before. It was great.

Whats the point of putting the beer into a cask? Is it any different than aging in a cornie?


edit: I want to note that the picture isn't of the cask I just purchased but looks very similar.
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As far as taste goes, I feel the cask ales I've had versus their non-cask counterparts have a different flavor to them. Not necessarily better, but different. Certain flavors are stronger while others are weaker.

But, there's a whole big thing with real ales and such. Much too much information to put into a post here. If you'd like to read up on it, this seems like a good place to start.
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Yep, it's a Firkin. The hole in the side is usually used for dry hop additions.
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and filling.

think of it as sort of like bottle conditioning in a keg. The only problem is when serving from the keg (if you dont have a cask breather) you have to drink it with in a couple of days.
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