The processMy Tropic Bling batch is 2.5 gallons. I am going to pull a full gallon off the batch for aging. Funkwerks barrel ages this beer in bourbon barrels for a few months (I believe the age it for three months). I want to replicate that process as much as possible, even though I do not have a barrel. However, I do have the last of a round of oak chips I bought that have been soaking in some Maker's Mark for several months. (I have a separate oak aging process that I intend to compare against barrel aged beers to compare the quality of my pseudo barrel aging process against actual barrels. I will post on that after I have enough data to make useful comparisons.)
|Oak and whiskey for one gallon of aged saison|
I'm not hardcore committed to the three month mark but I assume Funkwerks knows the sweet spot for its beer better than I would. I'll bottle once I think it has a good flavor and put it aside with my other beers to enjoy slowly. I expect to hold a bottle or two until next summer when I brew another saison and then I can do some blending in the glass to see how it works as a blending beer. Who knows, I might end up making Exotic Bling a regular beer to blend with other beers. We'll see.
But if it sucks
|In the jug -- it's on the dark side of saisons|