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Better Than a Barrel.
A BRAIN LABS Design
We are B.R.A.I.N. Labs LLC, an innovative product company started by a group of friends—engineers and creative thinkers. Whiskey Lab, our first project, is a "better than a barrel" vessel designed for wood-aging spirits and wine, We are excited to share it with you.
Based out of Portland, OR, we are part of a craft distilling revolution happening in the Northwest and throughout the country. We have enjoyed sampling new offerings of gin, vodka, and rum, but our favorite is whiskey. While un-aged "white dog" whiskey is interesting, it is the barrel aging that gives whiskey the flavor and complexity we love.
After taking a hands-on class in the art of distilling, we were inspired to experience the entire aging process at home. We wanted to see how the differences in spirit, wood, toast, and char develop flavor and aroma in the whiskey over time. The commercially available products for doing this—pieces of wood put into the bottle or miniature wooden barrels—did not give us the results or experience we were looking for, leaving us unsatisfied. We found ourselves with a bunch of white dog and no good way to age it. So we created Whiskey Lab in an effort to solve our problem. Our design was a success, and we realized we had a unique and effective solution that we want to share with like-minded creative people.
It's not always practical to have a basement full of 50 gallon barrels to age whiskey, so we developed something new. Our goal is to match the experience of using a traditional full sized barrel on an at-home scale.
Learn all about it here:
==> Balances the liquid volume to wood surface area
==> Provides control of the wood type, toast, and char
==> Breathes like a real barrel
==> Blocks light
==> Allows for easy tasting during the aging process
==> Has a viewing bulb to see color changes as the liquid matures
==> Makes labeling and documenting the aging progress convenient
==> Doubles as a serving vessel with clean pouring
==> Can be reused by simply replacing the wood barrel head for a different aging experience
Our Kickstarter was a success, but it's not too late to back us. Our Indiegogo campaign is now live and ready to accept your support.
The Whiskey Wash:
Our nature is to be curious. We grew up asking why and how. We love to learn and then we love to create. The small Whiskey Lab team at BRAIN Labs LLC has over 30 years of engineering education including 5 Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degrees, 3 Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1 PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and 1 Professional Engineering Certification. Combined, we have over 60 years of professional engineering experience in industry including more than 40 years working on consumer product development. We also have 9 granted patents and more than a dozen applications pending. We know what it takes to engineer a product and solution that is not only functional and reliable, but one that can deliver a compelling experience. We were Whiskey Lab's first and toughest critics. It's true that our team of engineers is never satisfied, but in this case, the results are pretty delicious. Cheers!