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Kegging and Bottling / Custom bottles
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:57:34 AM »
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?

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Wood/Casks / Barrel aging questions
« on: September 10, 2011, 10:39:57 AM »
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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