It's been a while since our last update, but Brophy's Barrel is still going strong. Actually, things got busy around here shortly after we took out the Lemon Hart 151. We didn't put anything into the wood, so it sat dry for a few weeks. These miniature barrels do have a limited lifespan - just like real barrels - and we're starting to worry that ours is nearing its end. How many different beverages have been in this barrel? We're losing track.   So what do we do? Give up? That's not like us at all. Barrel triage - we rehydrated the barrel by submerging it in water over a weekend. Here's the newly refreshed barrel right out of the water:  

20 points to anybody who can tell us where this pic was taken.

  We're not entirely sure if this barrel will still hold liquid, not to mention what it might do to that liquid. So instead of aging a $400 single malt, we're back to aging (relatively) inexpensive beer. Founder's Curmudgeon Old Ale, to be specific. We'll keep an eye on this and will let you know how it turns out. It's still exciting!    

BONUS BARREL   Don't forget about our second barrel, the one where we're following the directions on a Cedar Ridge Age Your Own Whiskey Kit. The white whiskey has been in this barrel for just over two months now (!!!), and we think it's just about ready.   A quick sample: The color is picking up nicely. It has some serious legs on it, too. It doesn't smell nearly as young as it did the last time we tried it - maybe a month ago. Really, really woody. Just about ready. It seems like we've lost a fair amount to evaporation. We won't know for sure until we pour it back into the bottle, which will be soon. Keep an eye on the Binny's Blog for notes on the final product.   By the way, we'd love to hear about your experiences with your own aging. Leave a comment below!