In this episode, discuss working with your wood. Wood aging of beers, types of wood and methods of getting the best out of each way you can add wood to your brews. Plus, we pulled in the Barrelmaster from Rahr and Sons Brewing, Austin Heisch, to help us talk about all of that and the barrel maintenance that can often go with it. So, whether you have a barrel or just want to keep it simple using chips, prepare yourself for dumb wood jokes and good wood info.

Wood aging can turn a bland beer into something better or a great beer into excellence. In fact, it is a style category of its own in the 2015 BJCP guidelines (cat. 33). And throughout history, beer and wood have always been associated with each other. Many times for storage, but also for the flavor characteristics that storage can impart. 

These days, barrels aren't a required method of storage, but you can still apply a great deal of flavor with other types of wood additions. So, if you don't have a barrel of your own, think about using wood chips, cubes, spirals, staves, honeycombs, and powders in the many varieties that currently exist for homebrewers and winemakers. 

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