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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