I’m often asked about the wooden barrels I use in my homebrewery. While people are mainly interested in their size, the following questions tend more towards what to do once you get a barrel, how long to age in a barrel, and what to do once you’re done using a barrel. This post is not meant to serve as a catch-all guide, moreso what I have found to work well over for me the last five years I’ve been using barrels. I currently have five 50-60 gallon barrels. Three are American Oak whiskey barrels, and two are French Oak barrels that held Riesling wine for ten years prior to me getting them. While I used to have a few more, I found five is a good number (for now!)
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