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Old 02-18-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
Apr 2010
Middletown, Ohio
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My friend let me borrow his Charred Oak Barrel while he is attending master brewing school in Berlin. I seasoned it with 1 litre of Woodford Reserve. I swished it around three times a day for a month while my FBS Clone Fermented (very nice by the way OG1.094-FG1.022). I emptied the Barrel this morning and Transferred my FBS Clone into it. My question is: Should I have done something else before transfer? I assume it was sanitized by the Bourbon. Any ideas or thoughts would be helpful. Also, I only ended up with 4.5 Gal in a 5 Gal barrel. Topped with CO2, will the dead space be an issue?

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Old 02-18-2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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no need to add anything else, and if you put co2 in it no need to worry about the head space.

The bourbon will have sanitized for you, I usually use oak chips and sanitize with bourbon (about 1 cup) but i leave it in there to add a little extra flavor.

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Old 02-18-2012, 11:20 PM   #3
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I know most people keep them topped off completely so the wood doesn't dry out. I don't know how long you're might be a non-issue. If need be, perhaps wet towels on the outside? I'm just brainstorming...

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