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Title: leaks
Post by: hospter81 on April 10, 2013, 02:07:41 PM
Hello guys! i transfered a beer to my 1bbl wood barrel a week ago. Since then small leaks have appeared. Can i use wax to seal those  leaks? what kind of wax? or what else do you recommend me to do?

thanks!
Title: Re: leaks
Post by: hopfenundmalz on April 10, 2013, 02:13:36 PM
It is good idea to fill a barrel with water and let it swell to stop leaks, then fill.

If you did this, it could still leak from pores in the wood. There is a product called barrel wax that is used for wine barrels. Do a search online, or call you LHBS and see if they have some.
Title: Re: leaks
Post by: hospter81 on April 10, 2013, 02:25:34 PM
i filled the barrel with water prior to fill it with beer....its not a big issue i guess... but i will look for that wax..thanks!
Title: Re: leaks
Post by: 1vertical on April 10, 2013, 04:39:39 PM
They were not leaking when I filled my solera that I know of....However I did
use bee's wax to coat some of the seams on the bbl end pieces. Done as
a precaution prior to filling.
Title: Re: leaks
Post by: 1vertical on June 08, 2013, 05:11:09 AM
Further details that I just tried with success.  Upon pushing the
last harvest I noticed a couple little air bubbles coming out from the
cracks of the staves when I had the cask under pressure.

I have a cake of bees wax ...took my propane torch and softened
the edge of that cake up with the flame.  Then I rubbed the soft wax
along the seam ....finally i hit that fresh wax with the flame to
liquify it and I observe it flowing into the crack nicely...just a FYI.