Here's a pic for you brewers out there. All of this is destined for a fresh Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrel. This is 55 of the 60 gallons brewed.
My local homebrew club is taking part in a club competition for the Indiana state fair. Each club gets a fresh Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrel to age their beer. We get to keep the barrel when done and only have to submit a 5 gal keg for the competition in July. The rest of the beer gets divided up among the members participating in the brew. It was a long day but the results should be well worth the wait.
The Year of the Monkey
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
It's a Strong Scotch Ale (wee heavy). This is the group's second barrel project. They already have a Russian Imperial Stout going in another barrel.
The club is M.A.S.H. - Mad Anthony Serious Homebrewers. It's an informal group that meets once per month to share info and samples. (Emphasis on the samples) It's been a good resource for me since I'm still learning.
The barrel is now full. I don't know anything about whiskey but damn this thing smelled great. It came straight from the distillery so we didn't even have to clean it. We attempted to get some bourbon out of it but only got a few drops. Fortunately they donated a small bottle that we sampled while racking the beer. In between bunghole jokes we managed to get it filled in about 3 hours.
Here are a few pics.
Yeah I drank from the bucket. Do I have char in my teeth?
The good stuff
And to stay on track...the beer looks great! Make sure to keep us posted on the results of the competition.
Ross, my 11.5 yo starts the bunghole jokes every time I am doing anything with my wine kit. Truthfully, it never gets old.
A friend of mine has a shirt that reads "I pass gas through my bunghole" along with a drawing of a carboy and blowoff tube.
✔ Think of setting 2013 goals.
Stop being a fat slob.
Run more miles than last year.
Good thing that barrel isn't at my house it wouldn't last that long.
Oldman mid pack runner