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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby RC Al » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:00 pm

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My 1/2 liter open top sampling barrel :))
Have to soak it an hour or two before use, it's very loose when dry
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby bluc » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:29 pm

Thats pretty cool rc :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby fizzix » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:09 am

Nice barrels everyone!
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby RC Al » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:17 am

Luckily for me, I'm quicker than them :obscene-drinkingdrunk:
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby Georgio » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:19 am

Prepping my 1st 5L barrel. Going to put in a variant of CFW the Stig kindly shared with me :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby Oldhoon » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:14 pm

My first 5L done yesterday.going to order another so I can tax one and leave the other for 12M :obscene-drinkingdrunk:
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby coffe addict » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:46 pm

Mate if you search around you'll find a chart with a barrel comparing litres verses aging as a comparison to full barrels. From this you'll likely decide a new 5L barrel will reach its peak before 12m's.
Ymmv and if you like it then simply ignore everyone else's tastes but I'd suggest at a minimum monthly 1/2shot samples... Topping up with new make spirit.
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby Oldhoon » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:01 pm

coffe addict wrote:Mate if you search around you'll find a chart with a barrel comparing litres verses aging as a comparison to full barrels. From this you'll likely decide a new 5L barrel will reach its peak before 12m's.
Ymmv and if you like it then simply ignore everyone else's tastes but I'd suggest at a minimum monthly 1/2shot samples... Topping up with new make spirit.



Will definitely follow your recommendations :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Cheers

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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby woodduck » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:04 am

:text-+1: even my 20ltr barrel coloured up/aged real quick the first time. Only about 3 months. You will find the more you use it the slower it will get, mine is well over 18 months to age properly now. It's probably due for a revamp now.
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby EziTasting » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:14 am

That’s a scary thought (for me) as I live on the ‘pimple’ on the arse of regional Australia where we don’t have normal services let alone specialty services like cooperages ...

So my newest ‘noob’ question is - how long or how many runs do you get out of a barrel before you are at the place you’re currently at with your barrel, WD?
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby Chocko6969 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:36 pm

Have had this one for 5 or 6 yrs now, it's French oak but does a very good job of ageing, especially the lesser quality stuff I've been making all this time.

Currently has about 40ltrs which was done with my old rig, and was considering decanting it and putting it through my bubbler once I get that up and running. Would you blokes advise this or just leave it?

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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby EziTasting » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:51 pm

You’ll undo all the work/time in the barrel if you put it thru the bubbler.... I probably wouldn’t do that...
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby bluc » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:00 pm

I guess it depends weather it taste like crap or not...if it's headsy run slow at start to concentrate heads then fast abv 84-85 to retain some flavour. Slow down towards tails up abv back up round 90 to compress tails :-B
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby scythe » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:11 pm

Maybe think about changing that brass tap though.
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby Chocko6969 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:18 pm

bluc wrote:I guess it depends weather it taste like crap or not...if it's headsy run slow at start to concentrate heads then fast abv 84-85 to retain some flavour. Slow down towards tails up abv back up round 90 to compress tails :-B


Yes mate I guess that's why I'm in 2 minds about running it again, it actually tastes quite good but is a bit too woody on it's own. Blended with a neutral brings it back nicely so I think I might leave it.

Thanks scythe I've never even thought about that tap. I've got a couple of stainless replacements here that I can swap out. Cheers.

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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby woodduck » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:21 pm

EziTasting wrote:That’s a scary thought (for me) as I live on the ‘pimple’ on the arse of regional Australia where we don’t have normal services let alone specialty services like cooperages ...

So my newest ‘noob’ question is - how long or how many runs do you get out of a barrel before you are at the place you’re currently at with your barrel, WD?


I've had my barrel for about 4 years now Ezy. It still works fine it just takes longer and doesn't color as much, which is not a bad thing really. I've always done batch in batch out but recently I've been doing 4ltrs out 4 ltrs in cause I haven't been able to run my still as often as I like as it's my busy work season over spring and summer. Another thought I had was to get another one and use that for a quick color/aging and then put it into this barrel for a longer age as it shouldn't over oak now.
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby bluc » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:43 pm

You can always add dominoes to demijohn to "flavour and colour" then "age" it in the barrel to finish it off :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby EziTasting » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:43 pm

Appreciate your guidance, WD.

Sounds a little like the solera method.
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby woodduck » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:07 pm

That's the one I just couldn't think of the name :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Show Your Barrels

Postby Wraith71 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:22 pm

3 is definatly not a crowd ..
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