Great Barrel for Cask Ale
Well made barrel, with no leaks. Dropped in some One-Step and left it for a week to condition it. Dumped it, let it dry upside down for about 5 hours, then filled to near the top using a cobra tap from a keg of ESB I brewed. Put on the shelf in the fridge, and viola! Cask ale. Stays slightly carbonated. 5-liters is just about right to drink before the air completely turns the ESB (about 7-10 days). Beer hits its peak about 3-4 days in with slight oak and vanilla flavors. Every couple of fills, I drain the dregs, fill with One-Step solution, rinse, and refill with beer. Once I run out of ESB, I'll just fill with one-step and leave it. For sure don't let the keg go dry as it will likely ruin it making the wood shrink and likely leak. Perfect experiment that proves cask ale is easy to do at home. If 5 liters is too much for you to drink over a week or so, you could drop down to the 3-liter barrel.
Reviewed by: NATHANIEL FARRIS