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Old 01-29-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default 5 gallon oak barrels?

Does anyone know if these are made? If so where can they be purchased?
I'm interested in some abbey styles but most of them require 12-18 months of aging.


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Old 01-29-2011, 02:35 PM   #2
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/defaul...barrel&x=0&y=0

These are made, though they tend to be expensive. It tends to be easier to use oak chips, cubes, spirals, etc.


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MoreBeer has some good prices.
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I purchased a 5 gallon barrel from http://www.oakbarrelsltd.com/20-liter-black-steel.html. It's a nice barrel, very well made and comes with a stand and spout with free shipping. I swelled and sanitized it and have an IIPA in there just for fun. I agree that oak chips are a lot easier but I'm enjoying the novelty of the cask.

I ordered it shortly after Christmas and got a personal phone call from the owner explaining that they were back ordered but that their Cooper was building as fast as possible. They could have easily sent an email but I very much appreciated their personable service. I will certainly order from them again.
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I'd be interested to know how oaky things get from these barrels. I've heard that a 5 gallon barrel will have such a big ratio of surface area to volume that they impart a ton of oakiness to the beer.
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I heard the same thing. I'll be tasting every day and will report back. So far, one day down and all I notice is the beer is damn good. I detect a little bit of oakiness. I have 5 gallons of the exact same beer sans oak and plan to do a blind taste test with friends to see which one they like better.
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SERIOUSLY!!

2 lbs of toasted chips will OVER OAK the heck out of 5 gallons (from what has been posted on this site), yet a whole barrell, with 40-50 times more surface area exposure is OK???


(However it works, The Cask on a stand with a wooden tap is one of the top 5 coolest things on earth)
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2 lbs of toasted chips will OVER OAK the heck out of 5 gallons (from what has been posted on this site), yet a whole barrell, with 40-50 times more surface area exposure is OK???
Not even close! Chips have a MASSIVE exposed surface area - far, far more than a barrel.
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how many times can you use a barrel?
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2 lbs of toasted chips will OVER OAK the heck out of 5 gallons (from what has been posted on this site), yet a whole barrell, with 40-50 times more surface area exposure is OK???

(However it works, The Cask on a stand with a wooden tap is one of the top 5 coolest things on earth)
2 pounds for how long though? It seems to me that increased surface area would only lead to a decrease in the length of time that the beer would need to sit. I'm no expert, but that's my guess. I just bought a bag of toasted oak chips and can't wait to experiment with them. Now because of you guys, I'm wanting this barrel. Even if I used it once and didn't like it, the pure novelty of it would be worth the money alone.


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