MAKING YOUR OWN WHISKEY FROM 1000 OAKS BARREL CO.

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Re: MAKING YOUR OWN WHISKEY FROM 1000 OAKS BARREL CO.

Postby LeoDLion » Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:04 pm

On the subject of evaporation I am now wondering why the regular production cask reports an evaporation around 3% but the smaller casks is showing much more? I am seeing evaporation around 5-12% on the 5-liter cask.

My first reaction is that the staves on the production cask are thicker than the smaller ones. I have two 1-liter oak barrel which showed much higher liquid loss than the 5-liter ones. The thicker the wood the more distance the liquid needs to permeat out of the barrel. And perhaps the pressure exerted between the staves is stronger making a better seal.

Next time I have to acquire a 10-liter oak barrel.

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Postby LagaDrinker » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:15 pm

Why not just go the whole hog and get a 'production cask'

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Postby LeoDLion » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:25 pm

LagaDrinker wrote:Why not just go the whole hog and get a 'production cask'

Hey Laga thats a thought for sure! What whisky do you think I should put in there? I need something very young, perhaps harsh but with great potential when matured. I am not a bourbon fan so thats is out. McCleland Islay comes to mind. I have a 5-liter barrel filled with that. If I live in Scotland...

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Re: MAKING YOUR OWN WHISKEY FROM 1000 OAKS BARREL CO.

Postby UncleDaddy » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:48 pm

Don't know if this has been mentioned, but gibbs brothers is the bees knees for whiskey barrels. They make them in all sizes 1 gallon up. Tight white oak, sap clear and either toasted or charred with a good alligator char.

http://www.gibbsbrothers.com/order_new/index.php

Soak 'em in water for 1 or 2 days (inside and out) till they swole up and get tight. Then put yer likker in it. If you get the charred one, when it's new/dry, put some marbles or ball bearings or such in it and shake it around good to knock off all the loose stuff and shake it out the hole before you waterin' it. Otherwise, first time or 2 you are gonna get lots of char dust/pieces.

Smaller barrel ages faster than bigger ones and and it's easy to overoak stuff if you aren't careful. That's easy nuff to fix if you got some whitedog to pour into it. For vanilla/honey/caramel notes, best proof on the wood is somewhere between 120 and 125 proof. Iffin' you are puttin it on the wood at drinkin' proof (relatively speaking...80-100 proof), you are gonna get different notes out of the wood.

Angels gonna get their share. Ain't no way around it. I wouldn't be puttin no plastic wrap, etc., around a barrel. Barrels got to breathe to pull the likker in and out of the wood. Movin' them around speeds things up too. I heard of an ole boy rigged up some kind of contraption off a tree limb using tackle and rope so that everytime the wind blowed....it rocked his barrel back and forth like a baby cradle.

Watch out for them barrels that ain't sap clear....or have paraffin wax, glue or other such things in them. Those aren't likker barrels.

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Postby LagaDrinker » Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:56 am

Thank you for the advice. Also an interesting use of the English language :wink:

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Postby LeoDLion » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:20 pm

Hey Uncle Daddy thanks for the input. What in tarnation is "whitedog"? Is that like moonshine or sumptine?

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Postby LagaDrinker » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:33 pm

Since I tightened my spigot I can report that I have had no leakage at all for the last 6 days

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Re: MAKING YOUR OWN WHISKEY FROM 1000 OAKS BARREL CO.

Postby UncleDaddy » Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:43 am

Whitedog is how all likker come out first. Raw spirit. It don't take no color till you put it on wood. Don't matter what color somethin' is goin' in the still....it comes out the other end clear if you done it right.

I just mean if you overdo the oakin', pour some of what you started with back in to take some of the oakin' out.

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Group picture of my ten 5-liter oak barrels

Postby LeoDLion » Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:42 pm

The little guys wanted a group picture, so ....


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Postby UUNetBill » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:02 am

Awww - what a bunch of cuties. I can see the family resemblance!

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Postby LeoDLion » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:21 pm

UUNetBill wrote:Awww - what a bunch of cuties. I can see the family resemblance!

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Lol, thats funny Bill.

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Re: MAKING YOUR OWN WHISKEY FROM 1000 OAKS BARREL CO.

Postby LagaDrinker » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:02 pm

Rotated my barrel another 1/4 turn yesterday and topped up with more sherry. Only about a 2ml loss in 2 weeks. I'm pleased with that. Its in my kitchen at the moment. I think I wlll keep it in the garage when I fill with whisky as it will be getting warmer then and I don't want to give the angels too much!

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Re: MAKING YOUR OWN WHISKEY FROM 1000 OAKS BARREL CO.

Postby LeoDLion » Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:20 pm

I have the suspicion for a while that the alcohol level of my whisky that is maturing from 5-liter oak barrels have gone down. I bought a hydrometer and measured it. I got 50 proof which is 25% abv. The original whisky was at 80 proof or 40% abv. I lost 15% of the alcohol in 5 months!

Perhaps the hot weather is contributing to it. The oak barrels are inside the house underneath the bar. I have about 8 5-liter barrel still maturing. I do not like the abv to go down that much. But what to do? I am thinking of putting a couple in the frige. I have an extra frige so the wife won't mind.

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Re: MAKING YOUR OWN WHISKEY FROM 1000 OAKS BARREL CO.

Postby womenwithoutwhiskey » Mon May 25, 2015 2:25 am

Here's my first experience with a 1000 Oaks Barrel. Cured as instructed with hot water, tested with a king-size bottle of regular Jack, in search of a Gentleman's or Single Barrel-caliber finish. Minor leak issue in first week but nothing too big. Aged 3 months, yield was maybe a pint. If these are angels, they're flying drunk.
Inclined to make firewood of this thing. Fool me once ...
Any dissents?

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Re: MAKING YOUR OWN WHISKEY FROM 1000 OAKS BARREL CO.

Postby American-Oak-Barrel » Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:45 am

I don't know much but what I use is Handmade American Oak Barrels for aging whiskey, wine, or enhancing the flavor profile of my beverage of choice, these barrels are ideal for micro breweries and home-distillers.
Generally I purchase Oak Barrels fromhttp://www.sofiasfindings.com/product-category/american-oak-barrel/ with great discounts. :P


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