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Make your own Bourbon with The Barrel Connoisseur® Bourbon Making Kit
Explore the world of Bourbon by making and aging three different styles of bourbon, Kentucky, Winter Wheat, and Honey Bourbon in a real American White Oak barrel.
Thousand Oak Barrel Co. brings the honored tradition of distilling home by providing the proper tools to age your own spirits. The Barrel Connoisseur® Kits include everything you need to make your finest blend of spirits, aged to perfection and is the perfect gift idea.
The Connoisseur Kit is a stellar gift idea for the spirit enthusiast. Helping you jump into the grand tradition of home distillery, each one of our oak barrels has its own distinct flavor profile. This is because of slight variations in each oak tree used to make the staves, the individuality of the charring process, weather and climate fluctuations, the size (and therefore surface area) of the barrel, etc. The 3 exquisite flavors of essences included in the kit allow you to sample a broad spectrum of taste and character with your own personal spirit blend.
Complete Instructions included
1 liter barrel dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 4.5"
2 liter barrel dimensions: 7.5" x 5" x 5"
5 liter barrel dimensions: 9.5" x 6.5" x 6.5"
HOW IT WORKS
Start by curing your barrel (instructions below)
Pour most of a 750ml bottle of 40% alc./vol. grain alcohol, neutral vodka or swish alcohol into the barrel
Add 1 bottle of your desired Essence per liter of alcohol and fill the barrel with the remaining alcohol
SHAKE WELL to mix thoroughly
It's best when aged for 2 or more weeks, but if you can't wait... DRINK NOW!
Clean barrels with cleaning kit (included) after 2-3 uses
CURE YOUR BARREL
Tightly insert the spigot using a mallet or place a sloth over the spigot and gently hammer it in
Fill with hot water and insert the bung
Allow 3 to 5 days for the barrel to completely seal
Once cured, fill the barrel with your favorite spirit and place the bung in to remove any air
Do not submerge your barrel in water!
Due to the higher surface area of the 1 liter barrel, spirits will age 8x to 10x faster than the standard 52 gallon barrel
Turn the barrel a quarter turn weekly to redistribute the liquid contact with the charred oak
Age to taste
Drink from the barrel or pour into a glass container to stop the aging
STORING BETWEEN USES
Dissolve storing tablets (included) in a glass of water
Pour into the barrel and top off with water
Every barrel will develop it’s own individual flavor profile. This is due to the individuality of each tree, each stave, the amount of charring, climate, season, size of barrel, etc… No two barrels will be alike. Monitor your barrel’s performance for future batches, but know that each batch will take a bit longer than the previous