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Old 02-19-2011, 06:42 PM   #1
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The beer for my wedding. 10 gallons will be the final volume; 3 gallons went into that little bourbon barrel, the remaining 2 gallons from that carboy went into a little 2 gallon carboy. The other half of the beer is still in primary fermentation.

It's a huge imperial stout with brown sugar added at high krausen. It matches Brooklyn's Black Choc Stout in color, and nearly in body and alcohol. If anyone's interested in the recipe, I can post that up.


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Old 02-19-2011, 06:45 PM   #2
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:39 PM   #3
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Was bourbon actually aged in that barrel or is it just a small oak barrel? All the distilleries around here use the normal size ~51gal barrels. I still haven't been able to find one for under $100. Damn things are like gold now. Use to be they couldn't get rid of them.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:09 AM   #4
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No they actually aged their bourbon in it. 3 gallons, $76. They also had 7 and 15 gallon ones for sale. Tuthilltown Spirits, look them up, you can buy the barrels online. I e-mailed with a question about sanitizing the barrel (whether they had already done that) and my e-mail was forwarded to the head distiller, and he was insanely helpful. Very cool place.

And I've had their bourbon, it's effing delicious.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:16 AM   #5
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Just out of curiosity can you reuse that thing?
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:44 AM   #6
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No they actually aged their bourbon in it. 3 gallons, $76. They also had 7 and 15 gallon ones for sale. Tuthilltown Spirits, look them up, you can buy the barrels online. I e-mailed with a question about sanitizing the barrel (whether they had already done that) and my e-mail was forwarded to the head distiller, and he was insanely helpful. Very cool place.

And I've had their bourbon, it's effing delicious.
We just got that brand here. $45 for a 375ml, no thanks. I don't have that high hopes for it (the bourbon).

However, good luck with your brew.


Yes you can reuse bourbon barrels and put beer in them, however it should be a lighter style each time. If you use it a 3rd time it better be a Helles or something. I've had a bourbon barrel helles, actually pretty tasty.
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Wow looks great, bet that'll be mighty tasty.

As for reusing the barrel, after a couple batches of beer could you age more bourbon in the barrel to replenish the bourbony goodness in the wood?
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If you cleaned it out and added already aged and bottled bourbon, let that sit for awhile, I supposed that may work. May not be the same though.
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How ARE you supposed to sanitize a barrel?
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How ARE you supposed to sanitize a barrel?
Many people want the bugs to live in the wood, adding brett or lacto is common for barrel conditioning.


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