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Who has aged beer in wooden barrels, oak or otherwise?
How do you first clean them out and what about cleaning interbrew?
I have come across a few small 20L oak barrels that where made many years ago for Lion, looking for advice on preparation before use.
that link has some stunning links embedded cheers for that and thanks rob as well
we've been running a ful lsized barrel project for about 2 1/2 years now (onto Beer #4)
We had a POinot barrel, and started by putting a clean beer through it, aged for 2 months, to confirm if anything was i nthe barrel and to get it filled while we built up dregs etc.
then we brewed a flanders red, and threw it in for around 12 months or so.
then a porter style beer 8 months, and now a lblonde style beer which has been sitting for around 6 months now.
we found that sulfur sticks weren't great, and a simple hot water rinse and i think douglas used citric acic, for a bit more of a clean.
when its not in use, fill it with water to help keep it moist and it prevents some bugs from getting in there.