Basics of Aging Your Own Whiskey

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Whiskey is a delightful drink that sparks a passion in many who taste its rich flavor. This article will lead you step by step through aging your own whiskey.

You want a smaller barrel to age your whiskey in. The smaller barrel means there’s more wood touching whiskey. This causes the aging process to be exponentially accelerated when compared to manufactured whiskey that’s placed in 53g barrels.

You need a half-gallon barrel with two bottles of 110 proof unaged, or white dog, whiskey. You also need some warm water. Place a funnel in the top of the barrel and fill the barrel with hot tap water. This causes swelling and makes the barrel water-tight. This can take hours, so leave it overnight and then dump out the water.

Pour the unaged whiskey into the barrel. There will be some room left. Fill the rest of the barrel up with filtered water to help bring the proof down to a more palatable level. Make sure the barrel is completely sealed and then set it away in a room-temperature location.

You can taste frequently along the aging process to ensure that you get the flavor exactly where you like it. Once you’re happy with the flavor, you can pour the whiskey back into the bottles, and it’s ready to serve!

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