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Balcones Distillery Barrel
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:42:50 PM »
Just an update to an old thread on this. I aged by Wheat Wine in it 3 weeks, tasting once or twice a week and once the flavor was where I wanted it I racked it out to a keg.

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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 12:52:31 PM »
Just an update to an old thread on this. I aged by Wheat Wine in it 3 weeks, tasting once or twice a week and once the flavor was where I wanted it I racked it out to a keg.

That beer just won Best Of Show at the Colorado State Fair !

Nice.  There's not much better than a best of show.
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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 12:56:20 PM »
Just an update to an old thread on this. I aged by Wheat Wine in it 3 weeks, tasting once or twice a week and once the flavor was where I wanted it I racked it out to a keg.

That beer just won Best Of Show at the Colorado State Fair !

Awesome!!  Was this the first run through the barrel?  I have one at home that I need to fill more often it looks like ;D

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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012, 03:25:23 PM »
Yep. It was the first run in the barrel.

I have since "re-whiskyed" it and now I have my American Stock Ale (30% corn + 2 lbs of brown sugar) aging in it. It is a much drier beer than the Wheat Wine but I tasted last night and its coming along pleasantly.
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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 05:08:40 PM »
What was your method to "re-whiskyed" the barrel?
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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2012, 07:47:36 PM »
Just an update to an old thread on this. I aged by Wheat Wine in it 3 weeks, tasting once or twice a week and once the flavor was where I wanted it I racked it out to a keg.

That beer just won Best Of Show at the Colorado State Fair !

What type of whisky had been in the barrel?
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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 01:52:07 AM »
What was your method to "re-whiskyed" the barrel?

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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 01:03:06 PM »
What was your method to "re-whiskyed" the barrel?

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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 01:49:21 PM »
What was your method to "re-whiskyed" the barrel?

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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2012, 01:53:18 PM »
The first whiskey in the barrel was Blue Corn Whiskey from Balcones. I "re-whiskeyed" after draining out the Wheat Wine by giving it a rinse with hot water (fill up once, then drain and let sit hole side down for a day) then putting a 5th of Jack Daniels in it and swirling aound.

I have since "rumed" the barrel by repeating the above process with a 5th if dark rum. It now has my Imperial Pumpkin beer (aka Rumpkin) aging in it.
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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2012, 08:18:52 PM »
Just bought a Balcones barrel through Adventures in Homebrewing. Excited for my first barrel aged beer.

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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2012, 09:13:54 PM »
When you're adding new liquor to the barrel do you find you are getting a different flavor out of it? And if so, are you getting traces of the prior liquors? Did the batch after the Jack taste only of Jack or of Jack and the Balcones blue corn whisky?
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Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2012, 02:20:23 PM »
I definately noticed the difference between the Balcones whiskey and the rum. There was also a slight char character from the beer aged on Jack Daniels that I did not get with the Balcones whiskey. I think over time the flavors of the different spirits would blend since the wood will absorb some flavors from them all but since there is also liquor in there that is not absorbed by the wood and get mixed in with the beer I get the distinct flavor of the liquor in my final beer.
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