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What type of beer would you put in your bbl
« on: March 11, 2010, 11:27:23 PM »
If ya finally found an Oak Barrel that had red wine last held
against the wood?

If the barrel was brett free, and you just wanted to start with the Oak
flavorings, would you put like a blond belgian in the thing ....
the wine would impart a nice color and flavor to the beer...then in the interest
of keeping the barrel full so the wood did not dry, remove an aged 5 gallons at a time
and replace it with a like colored beer until the color naturally darkened....
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at which time you perhaps would introduce brett...and repeat the process letting
the brett beer age out harvesting 5 gallons at a time for consumption and replacing
the liquid with fresh wort....

My personal desire is to fabricate a great cherry saison...and this remains a work
in progress. All input is appreciated. i.e. what type of brett to use to accentuate cherry
flavors, what is a good source for sour cherry pulp and fruit???
The Cherry pit/ almond flavor aspect is highly appealing to me.
I am really liking the idea of this process.  But am unsure of the tried and true methods
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Re: What type of beer would you put in your bbl
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 09:41:27 AM »
A solera project is always nice. I think your biggest problem with taking the blonde approach to start your solera is the tannins of the red wine, combined with the wood tannin and other woody astringent characters are going to build and quite probably overpower any softer nuances to the brew. I would argue in favor of a BSDA if you're going with a red wine barrel, I think the "darker" flavors play better with red wine and longer exposure to oak.

But it sounds like an interesting place to start no matter what you do.
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Re: What type of beer would you put in your bbl
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 10:09:27 AM »
Thanks, now you have given me a term I was not familiar with...solera...and
the associated reading that goes with that.  Learning as I go.....
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Re: What type of beer would you put in your bbl
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010, 10:13:35 AM »
Jeff Renner, who posts here on occasion, has written on the solera technique for Zymurgy.  Maybe you could PM him and ask him to weigh in here on this thread.
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Re: What type of beer would you put in your bbl
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 10:23:11 AM »
Here is a link to a posting Jeff made about this...
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=843.0
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Re: What type of beer would you put in your bbl
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2010, 10:23:32 AM »
Our club is looking at doing this right now.  We're gearing up to brew about 70 gallons of a Belgian Quad in the next month.  We plan to put it in a barrel around the beginning of June.  After a couple of "Straight" beers, we'll sour the barrel and turn it into a club solera project.