ABV for new Balcones barrel?

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ABV for new Balcones barrel?

Postby Beerswimmer » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:12 am

I just picked up a new Balcones French oak barrel that was used once for whiskey. It smells way stronger than the once used sticks I'm used to. I age my rum on used sticks that were used for UJSSM at 140 proof, never had a problem with it being over oaked. This barrel smells way more powerful than any sticks, so I was thinking to avoid over oaking my rum I'll proof it down to 115 or so. Is this dumb or smart or not even necessary?? I really haven't a clue. Also, haven't used French oak in this amount before.
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Re: ABV for new Balcones barrel?

Postby P1ratepat » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:31 am

I’m yet to use anything but sticks myself but I remember reading the best flavours come off the wood at around 65-75% or 130-150 proof. What size is the barrel? Also there is a chart around here in regards to ageing and oaking.
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Re: ABV for new Balcones barrel?

Postby Beerswimmer » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:44 am

It's a 5 US gallon barrel.
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Re: ABV for new Balcones barrel?

Postby Doubleuj » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:57 am

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