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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts - Patrick Rue
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:12:55 PM »
So, don't take this as me being pushy or anything, but, should I give up hope on this? Was really looking forward to it since I had questions, myself.

I can understand the family stuff, though. Have three relatives who're on their way out.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Custom bottles
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:09:06 PM »
Well, that sucks. Perhaps I should befriend a glassblower. Rust-oleum's a nice touch. Might add somethin' special to my brews.

"What's this fine vintage you have here?"
"Saison de spraycan, sir"

Wood/Casks / Re: Barrel aging questions
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:07:04 PM »
Thank you all for the information. I'm all for trying that solera contraption. I could use some bodybuilding...

Wood/Casks / Re: Barrel aging questions
« on: September 11, 2011, 04:38:10 PM »
Thanks for the kindness :) I've been lurking for a while but I'm literally overflowing with ideas that I want to try but are still a ways off. This info definitely helps. Do you think it would be possible to replicate this kind of aging on a smaller scale by buying several smaller french oak barrels and filling them with premium spirits for, say, 6 months or so, then emptying and refilling with beer? I'm trying to get both a big picture and smaller scale idea here.

Kegging and Bottling / Custom bottles
« on: September 11, 2011, 03:57:34 PM »
As I start to ramp up my holiday brewing, I'm looking for distinct bottles. Not only in design, but color. For instance, I'd really like to have some black glass swing top bottles for my stout, but I can't seem to find anything like that online. I've found a few sites that allow for square-ish bottles or maybe 3-4 designs that aren't typical, but I'm looking for a bit more. Anyone have ideas/resources I could look into?

Wood/Casks / Barrel aging questions
« on: September 10, 2011, 05:39:57 PM »
Ok, so, I've been trying to find answers to this, but nothing has really popped out. Say I want to age beer in some whiskey barrels. One, after I've aged them for x amount of months to years, can I re-use them to age another batch? I'm assuming after all that time that the beer would have pulled all the properties and characteristics of the whiskey out of the wood, thereby replacing it with the characteristics of the beer. And two, how do you go about properly cleaning the barrels for sanitation purposes without removing the flavors of the whiskey and having the wood absorb the cleaner?

Mercy is appreciated, for this is my first post.

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