Filling the Barrel October 9, 2013General BrewingDavid P Collective Golden Ale Batches 1-7 ready to be racked into the barrel. Jon and all 7 batches of Golden Ale ready to be racked into the barrel. Not Jon, just the primaries. I don’t think he would fit through the bung hole. When we peeked inside, we noticed these oak infusion spirals in net bags. Why are they there? Was the distillery hoping for extra oak character in the apple brandy? It’s a mystery. Since we can’t remove them, we racked the beer onto them. We tasted all 7 batches prior to transferring. Tasting notes are included in the posted recipes. It was interesting to note the slight differences-mostly attributable to the different yeast strains used. All in all the transfer went smoothly. We could have used a longer tube on the racking cane A closeup of the charred wood that was stirred up. Beautiful. The barrel is filled with 30 gallons. We have batch 2 left on deck to use as the Angels’ share makes it’s way to the heavens. The airlock showed immediate activity. The entire filling process took a little over an hour. It would have been nice to take out time but we were up against the clock. Neither of us wanted to miss the Breaking Bad finale.