How long can I age in a barrel? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Lambic & Wild Brewing > How long can I age in a barrel?
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-31-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
mewithstewpid
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Rocky Hill, CT
Posts: 1,075
Liked 209 Times on 136 Posts
Likes Given: 164


Hello sour beer folks, ive searched for this and couldnt find a conclusive answer, and have tured to you for some knowledge.

i am getting an oak barrel (5gal) soon, and after i oak age some beers in it i want to turn it into a sour barrel. pretty standard.

My question is how long can i store the sour beer in the barrel? BrewingTV recently had an episode on sour beers, and said they were going to sour a beer in a barrel for "a long time." I know sour beers need to age for a year or more, but can this be done in a barrel? Wont some beer evaporate?

Also, once inoculated, do you clean the barrel ever? I would imagine that a cake forms on the bottom of the barrel, and was not sure if that should be left alone or dumped out since the bugs are in the wood.

thanks for your help. would love to hear some barrel aging timespans.

Rich



 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
mewithstewpid
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Rocky Hill, CT
Posts: 1,075
Liked 209 Times on 136 Posts
Likes Given: 164


also for a kriek, can you just put cherries in the barrel? that seems like it could get messy.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
dcp27
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Medford, MA
Posts: 4,125
Liked 125 Times on 121 Posts
Likes Given: 3


yes, some beer will be lost to evaporation (angel's share)

i dont think you'll want to store it in the 5gal barrel the whole time. smaller barrels proportionally get alot more oxygen in so it can make limiting acetic acid tough.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2012, 02:24 AM   #4
mewithstewpid
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Rocky Hill, CT
Posts: 1,075
Liked 209 Times on 136 Posts
Likes Given: 164


Got the barrel in. Looks awesome. Any other advice?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2012, 01:24 PM   #5
dcHokie
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,566
Liked 255 Times on 194 Posts
Likes Given: 205


Quote:
Originally Posted by dcp27 View Post
yes, some beer will be lost to evaporation (angel's share)

i dont think you'll want to store it in the 5gal barrel the whole time. smaller barrels proportionally get alot more oxygen in so it can make limiting acetic acid tough.
I wouldn't think you'd want to use a 5 gallon barrel for sours for the reason dcp27 mentioned.


__________________

Aging: Sour Solera, Flemish Gold, Repas du Matin Sour Table Beer, Flanders Red, Anejo Rum Sour, Brett Brown, Sour blonde, Funky Barleywine Barrel, Sour Rye Whiskey Barrel
Bottled: Cherry Oud Bruin, Le Batard Solera, Sour Stout, Wild Ale, Brett Belgian Rye Stout, Berliner Weisse, FlandersPale, Brett Old Ale, Funky Fig Saison, Mango BGSA, Rapture RIS, Brett Saison

 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Infecting a Barrel? EinGutesBiersSWMBO Lambic & Wild Brewing 9 11-29-2012 05:07 PM
what to do with with a chardonnay barrel? jphebbie2 Lambic & Wild Brewing 8 10-07-2011 10:38 PM
Not using all of an oak Barrel Morkin Lambic & Wild Brewing 3 05-24-2011 03:50 PM
Starter for a barrel thedude123 Lambic & Wild Brewing 6 09-14-2010 07:32 PM
Buying a New Barrel WorryWort Lambic & Wild Brewing 5 10-26-2009 02:49 PM


Forum Jump