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Has anyone barrel aged their Rum, other spirits?
wizzard419
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Posted: 2013-10-17 7:24 pm   Permalink

I've barrel aged cocktails before in used casks, but I wouldn't really bother with trying it for rum mostly because there is more to the aging process than simply throwing it in a cask. Things like temperature, humidity, etc. come into play as well as you would then need to re-balance the proof since some of the water would evaporate.

 
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porco
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Posted: 2013-11-19 09:15 am   Permalink



we were fortunate enough to get 2, 11L, new american white oak, lightly toasted barrels from our 10 cane rep (we buy a lot). spiced up 11L each of 10 cane and myers light in the bottles for a week or two, and just poured it off into the oak. will let you know the results come mid january.


 
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Q-tiki
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Joined: Sep 22, 2011
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From: East TN
Posted: 2013-11-19 2:35 pm   Permalink

Hi Porco,

That sounds (and looks) like a fun project. I will look forward to the results.

Question... Did you fill the barrels with warm water for a few days first to get the wood to expand? Seems like I've heard that it was necessary with a new barrel.

Cheers and aloha!


 
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Kill Devil
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Posted: 2013-11-21 06:53 am   Permalink

Just to chime in, yes, you're supposed to immerse barrel in water for a 24 hr period to "cure" it, as a 'real' barrel's staves are not glued but held in place by metal hoops

 
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Q-tiki
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Posted: 2013-11-22 06:24 am   Permalink

Thanks KillDevil. I thought it had to be soaked and you confirmed it. I would love to try a small batch of aged cocktails at some point. Probably with a very small barrel so I don't ruin too much if it goes badly.



 
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tofukulele
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Joined: Aug 07, 2011
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From: San Francisco Bay, CA
Posted: 2013-12-27 10:33 pm   Permalink

Great topic! I barrel age a lot of stuff -- cocktails, rum, you name it. But my finest achievement so far has to be my "solerish" aged J Wray. Freaking fantastic. I wrote up a pretty lengthy dissertation on it: http://inuakena.com/misc/solera-aging-rum-at-home/

Cheers


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