I had an absolutely amazing Bourbon Barrel aged IPA last week and I'm interested in getting a barrel or two.
Maybe they are easy to find, but I'd like to keep this on the smaller scale (Not 53 gallon Barrels). My beer hobby is already carving out a bit more space than the wife likes and I was thinking about finding some 1 to 5 Liter sized barrels. Then I could possibly have two or three and play with some different setups over time.
I've found a number of new barrels online made with a white oak for storing Whiskey, bourbon, etc.
What sort of aging and prep would I need to do. I've read that new oak can take a bunch of batches to pull enough wood taste out before it's just right and that "blending" becomes key
What if I got a small 5L barrel and filled it with Bourbon? How long would I have to leave it in there? 1yr, 2yrs, more? Maybe only a few months? I have no clue and haven't been able to find any threads on aging your own "newly" made barrels.
The smaller size is just so tempting. I'd even go smaller, but somehow I feel that for the trouble I should have at least a gallon of beer sitting in the barrel. Thoughts?