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Barrel Aging

Nestoridae

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Hello everyone!

I'm planning to prepare my own vermouth at home and then age it in an oak barrel (around 10L). WAIT, I know this is a Beer forum. I've been home brewing beer for several years now.

I'm thinking AFTER I drink all that vermouth, I wanted to brew beer and then use that barell to age it. I'm asking for advice to my fellow brewers.

- I've heard that as vermouth has lots of herbs, the beer would change its taste too much. In fact I've been trying to find online a vermouth barrel aged beer with poor luck. Is it a bad idea? What do you think?

- What stile of beer would match with the barrel flavour? I'm thinking a porter or a Belgian Ale, but belgian Ales are already sweet...

I'd be glad if anyone with experience threw me some advice.
 

brewfun

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I'm hoping that you intend to bottle the vermouth, then immediately put a beer int the barrel. You don't want the barrel to dry out or sit unfilled for very long.

The only reason you'd put beer into a used barrel is because you want it to take up the flavors of the previous resident.
 

Ck27

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brewfun said:
I'm hoping that you intend to bottle the vermouth, then immediately put a beer int the barrel. You don't want the barrel to dry out or sit unfilled for very long.

The only reason you'd put beer into a used barrel is because you want it to take up the flavors of the previous resident.

Yep, unless it's a new barrel lol. Then you want it to take up the flavors of the barrel itself. Should work out well with a porter or stout.
 
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