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    Re: Barrel Aging Cocktails at Home. Anyone else doing this?

    Quote Originally Posted by kjbeggs View Post
    I bought a couple of the bottle inserts and set out to "barrel" some Manhattans.
    Batch 1: Old Scout Rye and Carpano Antica Vermouth (3/1), with some Angostura bitters, and a touch of Blood Orange bitters. Mixed these up on 5/22, and will check their progress in a couple of weeks.
    Batch 2: Knob Creek Smoked Maple (finally, a use for it) and Carpano Antica (4/1), with Sassafras and Sorghum bitters. Did these on 5/26, and will give them a minimum of two weeks as well.
    I don't know if there is a right way or not but I like to leave the bitters out and add it as I pour each cocktail from the barrel (Or bottle if I think it has been in the barrel long enough and rebottled the cocktail). But I am sure that it is done with the bitters in the barrel too.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Barrel Aging Cocktails at Home. Anyone else doing this?

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    I don't know if there is a right way or not but I like to leave the bitters out and add it as I pour each cocktail from the barrel (Or bottle if I think it has been in the barrel long enough and rebottled the cocktail). But I am sure that it is done with the bitters in the barrel too.
    I considered doing that, especially on the second batch, but ultimately decided to add them pre-barreling.
    Seems like people have been trying it both ways, and who's really to say what the "right way" is?
    "You Can't Buy Happiness, but you can buy Whiskey!"

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    Re: Barrel Aging Cocktails at Home. Anyone else doing this?

    Quote Originally Posted by kjbeggs View Post
    I considered doing that, especially on the second batch, but ultimately decided to add them pre-barreling.
    Seems like people have been trying it both ways, and who's really to say what the "right way" is?
    Just so. The right way is the way you like it!
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

    Nullum Gratuitum Prandium
    Ne Illegitimi Carborundum

 

 

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