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Old 06-09-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
Nov 2011
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Im thinking about buying an oak cask to age some brews in. Is there anything I should worry about?

Certain barrels to buy?
Transferring from cask to keg?
Anything you can think of would be great
Ęgir was a god who would host a party where all the gods would drink the beer he brewed for them. He made this in a giant kettle that Thor had brought. The cups in Ęgir's hall were always full, magically refilling themselves when emptied.

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Old 06-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
Oct 2011
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In the day. Oak barrels used in brewing were coated on the inside with brewers pitch. The pitch kept the beer from contacting the oak. It also, sealed the barrel, allowing the beer to carbonate, to an extent. The only place the beer touched the oak was at the plugs. I'd worry about an aggressive oak flavor if the beer was left for a length of time. And bad beer if the germ nazi's invade. Once a barrel goes buggie, it's finished. Mildew, done for. It can be used for a table or a planter. Prepping and maintenance of a barrel is a lot of work. Once I find the right keg. I'm definitely going to try experimenting with it. I've been looking on line at the French and Hungarian kegs. The prep and maintenance, I'm good with. The brewers pitch may be the hang up. If it's really needed.

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