Cleaning, Aging, Fermentation, Oak, Barrel, Sanitizing, Pellicle, Wood, Spontaneous
Although they were the original vessels for fermentation and aging, the use of wooden barrels are now popular again. However it is crucial to understand how they need to be treated before, during, and after being filled with beer. This lecture addresses topics including types of barrel, addition of fruits, and competing bacterial and wild yeast cultures.
Brian has over 18 years of experience in the brewing industry. After working with Flying Dog Brewery for three years, in 2003 Brian applied for and was awarded a scholarship to the Siebel Institute. Following completion of the program in 2004, Brian received a Brewing Science Degree at the Siebel Institute and World Brewing Academy in Munich, Germany. Brian began working with wild ales and barrel aging while at Goose Island Beer Company. Award-winning beers such as Sofie, Madame Rose, Juliet and Lolita were created under Brian’s barrel-aging innovation team. In 2016 Brian opened Whiner Beer Company, a brewery dedicated to wild fermentations and sustainability. Using oak barrels and a coolship, Brian creates spontaneously fermented beers.