Stout Guy Brewing Techniques - Barrel Care and Uses
The Beer Barrel conjures romantic images of the past with coopers hammers swinging and dray horses carting beer from pub to pub. There's a flavor that comes from the oak and aging powers of a wooden barrel that are impossible to completely replicate without a big glorious barrel sitting full of your best product. However, barrels come with their own costs and maintence needs that make supermodels look laid back and elephant's appetite small.
|If you're really after a very close approximation of beers that are aged in oak for flavor, a technique that's far more practical for homebrewers is covered here|
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