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McJeff
04-05-2015, 02:54 PM
Found someone relatively local to me that is selling used whiskey and rum barrels. Im going to bit the bullet and try one out. beyond the obvious mold growth and rank smell is there anything i should ask him or look for in the barrel before buying? Here is the link ....

https://maine.craigslist.org/app/4906205404.html

McJeff
04-05-2015, 05:59 PM
So just talking to the seller and he says he uses the barrels first with whiskey then rum, so only used twice which from what ive read is pretty standard.

mannye
04-05-2015, 11:03 PM
Sounds like a great opportunity! I've had beer that was lagered in a bourbon cask and it was spectacular. I imagine you'll be making a trad to age in there? I would only make sure the thing still holds water and that it hasn't dried out too much. I understand that can be an issue. I would also do research on the proper way to rehydrate it if that's a need.

McJeff
04-06-2015, 09:23 AM
Thanks for the input! I'll post some pics when I get it this weekend. Not sure what I'm goin to put in it. I do have enough strawberries left from last summer to make a 5g batch or it will be a traditional.

McJeff
04-08-2015, 08:39 AM
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm251/yeoson/717eded1808b318f1334f44feb084c7e_zpshdgkwqgz.jpg

McJeff
04-08-2015, 08:41 AM
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm251/yeoson/b86d92a9e395e47d69e5626d11f180ad_zpsazjkuuaj.jpg

McJeff
04-08-2015, 08:42 AM
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm251/yeoson/5c432037a7e54980af0d4863274aa7f7_zpsvxelvkyg.jpg

McJeff
04-08-2015, 08:43 AM
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm251/yeoson/1c5b1003e794db4fa263cafa808fae09_zpsarqidbr9.jpg

mannye
04-09-2015, 06:35 AM
Looks good! At the 5 gallon size it shouldn't take long to get a nice oak flavor.


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One T
04-09-2015, 07:59 AM
I use Barrel Mill barrels at work. Quality stuff. When you fill it, I highly recommend using an airlock and not the wooden bung at the beginning. If there is any activity going on, you can blow the ends of the barrel out. I've seen it happen.

McJeff
04-09-2015, 03:13 PM
Good lord what was I thinking tasting what was left in the bottom of the barrel

McJeff
04-09-2015, 03:19 PM
Looks good! At the 5 gallon size it shouldn't take long to get a nice oak flavor.


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Don't sure yet what I'm goin to put into it. The only thing ihave that is 5 gallons currently is an apple pie cyser that has been fermenting for a year now. Or I make something, either a Lowish abv ~11 tradition. I also have enough strawberries to make a 5 gallon batch. I can't stand decisions like this.

valverij
04-09-2015, 03:39 PM
Don't sure yet what I'm goin to put into it. The only thing ihave that is 5 gallons currently is an apple pie cyser that has been fermenting for a year now. Or I make something, either a Lowish abv ~11 tradition. I also have enough strawberries to make a 5 gallon batch. I can't stand decisions like this.

I have a tiny barrel I got as a gift (5L) that I've been making BOMMs for to cycle through it. Since it's a small barrel, and will oak pretty quickly, BOMMs and BOMM variations seem like good candidates to keep it full while other meads ferment.

mannye
04-09-2015, 07:16 PM
Don't make yourself crazy. Just make a BOMM or a trad with d47. It's orange blossom season! If I were you, I would get two batches of traditional going at the same time. A BOMM and (insert your favorite yeast here) then you can throw the BOMM in there while you wait for the other one. Rinse and repeat three times!


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skunkboy
04-11-2015, 04:30 PM
So if it is empty, pour in a bottle of bourbon or equivalent and shake the barrel once in a while, keep it wet until you use it.

Yes, it will give a lot of flavor quickly to your first couple of batches, I've used a 20 liter barrel, and the first was a bit over oaked/bourboned. Monitor the first and second batch every couple of days...

McJeff
04-11-2015, 05:02 PM
It's got a little bit of rum left in, but I'll shake it around for the next month. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get a chance to start a batch of traditional.

McJeff
04-21-2015, 12:46 PM
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm251/yeoson/552D9E72-7781-41BC-B49D-BEC2674FE3F5_zpspkmr37j2.jpg

Was giving the barrel a hot rinse and soak and got some floaties out. I guess I'd expect some but this seems like a lot.

mannye
04-21-2015, 07:14 PM
No idea.


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McJeff
04-21-2015, 07:34 PM
lol that's what I said, then I racked a mead into it and shrugged ;)

skunkboy
04-22-2015, 11:14 PM
The little barrel I had didn't come with many floaties, I actually added some more lightly roasted oak to later batches to get more tannins...

mannye
04-25-2015, 11:08 AM
lol that's what I said, then I racked a mead into it and shrugged ;)

Should be a good outcome! Can't wait to hear results. I want to add a couple of 5 gallon barrels to the tardis. I wonder about oxidation. I expect the mead will acquire a sherry character in one.

I've packed up a bottle in your box to send back. It is getting a nice Madeira type of flavor as time goes on. I'll be trying the blueberry soon. It's in the cooler resting from its trip to the tropics.


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McJeff
04-25-2015, 03:02 PM
hah, I hope the blueberry is still drinkable. The apple I put inthe barrel(which is just under6 gallons not 5) filled it right to the rim. So I'm hoping the oxidization will be minimal.

McJeff
05-07-2015, 10:29 AM
I had put my apple pie cyser into this barrel, tasted at 1 week and it was getting good but need a little bit more time. I ended up not getting back at it till 15 days in and i think it crossed the fine line into be a little too oaky. Bottled directly out of the barrel we will see in a few months after some bottle aging.

mannye
05-07-2015, 01:38 PM
Good luck! I remember reading that oak tends to mute a little as things age. So you might be OK. Also you can always blend with un-oaked mead.


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McJeff
05-07-2015, 02:28 PM
I honestly dont think anyone will say its bad, i still think it drinksw well. Has a hint of a whiskey in the nose as you bring it to your face, which over powers the apple a bit.

mannye
05-07-2015, 04:28 PM
That can't be bad at all. Lol.


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