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Old 08-07-2010, 02:08 AM   #11
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I've ordered 3 barrels through http://barrels-kegs.com/ (it's cheap), and I've gotta say, I'm never going to use chips again. It's so easy to use a barrel, and the result is astounding. I just racked 2.5 gallons of double IPA into a fresh barrel tonight (it'll probably be ready next week).

The benefit to using a real barrel, is that notes from each liquid in it come through in the later ones. I did a port in a small barrel (it sat for 2 months). Then I used it for a stout. My god did it come out amazing. There's a sweetness and ever so slight grape hint to the stout (not recognizable, but REALLY good)...

 
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:09 PM   #12

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I've ordered 3 barrels through http://barrels-kegs.com/ (it's cheap), and I've gotta say, I'm never going to use chips again. It's so easy to use a barrel, and the result is astounding. I just racked 2.5 gallons of double IPA into a fresh barrel tonight (it'll probably be ready next week).

The benefit to using a real barrel, is that notes from each liquid in it come through in the later ones. I did a port in a small barrel (it sat for 2 months). Then I used it for a stout. My god did it come out amazing. There's a sweetness and ever so slight grape hint to the stout (not recognizable, but REALLY good)...
It would be nice if everyone could use barrels, but most people simply don't have the space. I had one I used a few years back, but sold it because I didn't want to deal with the maintenance. The fact that they need to be stored wet is a pain in the ass.
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:55 PM   #13
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I used an oz of oak cubes for 6 months and it was not all that noticeable, I should have used 2oz.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:20 PM   #14
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Just finished this beer out. so it was 0.5oz for 14 days and 0.5oz for 7 days of light toasted american oak chip. When flat, the oak was completely overpowering. but once carbed, it is head on. Added .75oz medium toast hungarian cube to the keg and will keep it there to taste.

Turned out pretty damn good.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:12 PM   #15
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I've ordered 3 barrels through http://barrels-kegs.com/ (it's cheap), and I've gotta say, I'm never going to use chips again. It's so easy to use a barrel, and the result is astounding. I just racked 2.5 gallons of double IPA into a fresh barrel tonight (it'll probably be ready next week).

The benefit to using a real barrel, is that notes from each liquid in it come through in the later ones. I did a port in a small barrel (it sat for 2 months). Then I used it for a stout. My god did it come out amazing. There's a sweetness and ever so slight grape hint to the stout (not recognizable, but REALLY good)...

That's awesome. I am definitely going to get one of these to try it out.

Thanks for the link
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