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Title: whisky barrels need homes
Post by: txwhisky on August 23, 2011, 02:21:13 PM
Hey guys,

I'm a long-time home brewer and the head distiller at Balcones Distillery here in Texas. Hope this is cool to do this on the forum, but I wanted to make it known that we a greater than normal quantity of recently dumped 20 liter whisky barrels available for sale.  With this summer being as hot as it's been, I'd hate to see them dry out waiting for homes.  These are great barrels for homebrewers not only because of their size, but because they come pretty much sterile and were leak free when they were dumped.  Because they're used, you don't have to worry about over-oaking your beer like you would with a new barrel.

Anyway, if there is some interest, especially from home brew clubs or shops, we could figure out a way to find these barrels good homes.  We try to ship them by the pallet (27-36 barrels / pallet) if we can since individual shipping takes so much time.  We'll try to figure something out if folks out there are interested.

Best,

Chip Tate
Head Distiller, Balcones Distilling
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Post by: Kit B on August 23, 2011, 02:47:01 PM
PM sent
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Post by: southernbrewing on August 23, 2011, 04:02:19 PM
PM sent
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Post by: morticaixavier on August 23, 2011, 04:41:29 PM
Me too
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Post by: dean on August 25, 2011, 11:50:27 PM
How much for a pallet shipped to zip code 49639?  I hate seeing "for-sale" ads etc without some sort of base price... its like driving down the road and you see somebody selling "X" but there is no price on it... just a phone number.  I don't generally waste my time, just like the Lincoln Towncar I "stopped" to look at this morning on the way to work... it was a total waste of MY F#^@$ *!  time...   ::)
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Post by: morticaixavier on August 26, 2011, 05:46:14 PM
He's asking 45 a piece for the barrels. shipping I don't know looks like around 300-500 for a pallet.
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Post by: woadwarrior on August 26, 2011, 07:25:09 PM
you should be able to get a much better price than that on shipping. Find out the skid size and weight, get the address of the place, and call around to the various trucking companies. (I used to schedule LTL shipments at a former employer and we would ship skids of steel bar cheaper than that.)
Title: Re: whisky barrels need homes
Post by: morticaixavier on August 26, 2011, 07:45:45 PM
you should be able to get a much better price than that on shipping. Find out the skid size and weight, get the address of the place, and call around to the various trucking companies. (I used to schedule LTL shipments at a former employer and we would ship skids of steel bar cheaper than that.)
hmm good to know. The best quote we have gotten so far is 230 something for 300 lbs on skid. but from what this guy is saying the total weight is more on the order of 500 lbs. I would guess a skid of steel bar is a bit more than that :)
Title: Re: whisky barrels need homes
Post by: thebeermedic on August 26, 2011, 09:02:20 PM
Chip,
     I sent an email through Balcones website & have yet to  recieve a response....
Please let me know if you have barrels for pick up
Dan
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Post by: Crispy275 on August 29, 2011, 12:41:50 PM
Hello Chip. If you would, please contact me and let's discuss what a pallet of barrels would cost. My local homebrewing supply shop (Adventures in Homebrewing) may be interested. You can reach me either through a message here on the Forum, or at crispy275 at comcast dot net.
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Post by: oscarvan on September 07, 2011, 03:35:26 AM
Whomever gets a skid, I'd like two barrels......
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Post by: NelsonAtBuildABeer on September 15, 2011, 03:52:54 PM
Hi Chip:

We may have some interest in a pallet to come to the Clearwater/Dunedin area of Florida (using 34683 as a sample zip code).  Several questions:
1)  Shipping cost?
2)  Number of barrels on a pallet (your post says 27-36 - or do we just tell you how many we want?)?
3)  Number of times the barrels were used (I'm assuming one, since it's for a distillery?)?
4)  How long were the spirits in the barrels?
5)  How long since the barrels were emptied?
6)  Do you know what type of oak, or any other history about the barrels?
7)  Are they the 20L barrels with a single wood bung in the side (when laying on the side)?
8)  Cost per barrel?  (I saw someone else mentioning $45)
Thanks.
You can reply privately if you prefer - to Nelson at DunedinBrewersGuild.com
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Post by: julez on September 15, 2011, 04:03:12 PM
i could pick up a few.
i am here in in the great state of texas.
i represent a double barrel capacity home brew club named ANONYMOUS ALERS.
We would love even just one.
let us know...thanks!

julian.angon@gmail.com
512-496-8960
Title: Re: whisky barrels need homes
Post by: Crispy275 on September 16, 2011, 12:54:12 PM
I worked with my local homebrew supply store (Adventures in Homebrewing- Ann Arbor, MI) and collectively through a number of local clubs, Jason (the owner) is obtaining 2 full pallets of barrels. He set up a nice on-line pre-order form that allowed him to gauge interest and get financial commitments from club members. We are looking forward to obtaining these in a week or so.
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Post by: jamespomm on September 27, 2011, 04:52:23 AM
I worked with my local homebrew supply store (Adventures in Homebrewing- Ann Arbor, MI) and collectively through a number of local clubs, Jason (the owner) is obtaining 2 full pallets of barrels. He set up a nice on-line pre-order form that allowed him to gauge interest and get financial commitments from club members. We are looking forward to obtaining these in a week or so.

Any idea when they might get the barrels and start selling them?
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Post by: Crispy275 on September 27, 2011, 10:23:47 AM
My understanding is this week, but I think that they were all pre-sold and paid for by members on-line.
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Post by: Crispy275 on October 05, 2011, 04:09:58 PM
We received the whisky barrels last week and I was thrilled wirth their pristine condition, the beautiful aroma behind the bung, and the fact that they came with their own stands! Our local homebrew shop (Adventures In Homebrewing) facilitated the deal, and several dozen of us were able to obtain one or more at a great price. I immediatly racked over an Old Ale that I had sitting in secondary, and when I tasted a small sample just a day later, it had a rgeat flavor already!

Thanks for thinking of us homebrewers these personal sized barrels rock!
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Post by: morticaixavier on October 05, 2011, 04:41:22 PM
We received the whisky barrels last week and I was thrilled wirth their pristine condition, the beautiful aroma behind the bung, and the fact that they came with their own stands! Our local homebrew shop (Adventures In Homebrewing) facilitated the deal, and several dozen of us were able to obtain one or more at a great price. I immediatly racked over an Old Ale that I had sitting in secondary, and when I tasted a small sample just a day later, it had a rgeat flavor already!

Thanks for thinking of us homebrewers these personal sized barrels rock!

Nice, our club is in the process of finallizing an order for a pallet. really looking forward to it. going to have to brew up something big to fill it post haste.
Title: Re: whisky barrels need homes
Post by: Crispy275 on October 06, 2011, 12:26:34 AM
You won't be disappointed. I called Chip today to thank him, and to ask him some questions about these barrels.

Chip, the Head Distiller for Balcones Distillery in Texas, is the one who posted about these being available for homebrewers on the AHA Forum. He said these were the sort of barrels he wished he could get his hands on when he was homebrewing.

There is a lot of information on one end that has clues about the prior contents, dates of emptying, and alcohol levels previously in the barrels. Mine say’s “Blue Corn” and what I think is an alcohol measurement (60.4% or something like that) and date, then “Malt”, another measurement and date, along with the dump date (early September).

So I am guessing that, along with the info on their website, that these held their “Baby Blue”, a Blue Corn Whisky, and then their single malt. Their website: http://www.balconesdistilling.com/

 

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Post by: Joe Sr. on December 01, 2011, 03:52:30 PM
Does anyone know if Balcone still has barrels available?

I'm considering ordering a barrel from http://www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/barrels/, but at around $55 per the barrels from Balcone are more cost effective.

Unfortunately, I can't use a pallet-full, but I'd go for two if anyone in Chicago wants to organize a shipment...
Title: Re: whisky barrels need homes
Post by: morticaixavier on December 01, 2011, 07:19:19 PM
Does anyone know if Balcone still has barrels available?

I'm considering ordering a barrel from http://www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/barrels/, but at around $55 per the barrels from Balcone are more cost effective.

Unfortunately, I can't use a pallet-full, but I'd go for two if anyone in Chicago wants to organize a shipment...

the impression I got from him is they always have barrels available. It might be a week or two before he can get them in the 'mail' but they will be available. He likes to pre-sell a bit so they are as fresh as possible when he ships them.
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Post by: Joe Sr. on December 01, 2011, 07:36:54 PM
Do you know of a better way to reach him than a PM on this site?

I PM'd him when he first posted, but didn't pursue it too hard as I got the sense he prefers to do bulk shipments.

Like I said, I can only use two.  I suppose I could hassle a LHBS to see if they can put together a bigger order.
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Post by: morticaixavier on December 01, 2011, 09:54:18 PM
Do you know of a better way to reach him than a PM on this site?

I PM'd him when he first posted, but didn't pursue it too hard as I got the sense he prefers to do bulk shipments.

Like I said, I can only use two.  I suppose I could hassle a LHBS to see if they can put together a bigger order.

there is a contact us link on the distillery website here http://balconesdistilling.com/about-us (http://balconesdistilling.com/about-us)

it seems like a pretty small operation so they may take a bit to get back to you. But given that woodenville is selling theirs for over 100.00 I bet you could work a deal with the LBHS where you get a barrel or two for free.
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Post by: bluesman on December 17, 2011, 04:06:32 AM
Do you know of a better way to reach him than a PM on this site?

I PM'd him when he first posted, but didn't pursue it too hard as I got the sense he prefers to do bulk shipments.

Like I said, I can only use two.  I suppose I could hassle a LHBS to see if they can put together a bigger order.

Joe...did you ever get a response from Balcone?
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Post by: corkybstewart on December 17, 2011, 04:51:14 AM
I sent him an email and got a response pretty quick.  I think they prefer pallet sales but will sell individual barrels.
On a different note, I bought a bottle of their Blue Corn whiskey and it is worth the $50 I spent.  That is some amazing whiskey.
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Post by: Joe Sr. on December 17, 2011, 07:45:15 PM
Do you know of a better way to reach him than a PM on this site?

I PM'd him when he first posted, but didn't pursue it too hard as I got the sense he prefers to do bulk shipments.

Like I said, I can only use two.  I suppose I could hassle a LHBS to see if they can put together a bigger order.

Joe...did you ever get a response from Balcone?

I did not.  I sent a PM, and might have done an e-mail through their site.  Can't recall for sure.

A small distiller here in Chicago has barrels for $100.  But they're 33 gallons.  A little more than I can reasonably handle.

I remain interested, but for now I'll go with oak chips until I can find a good deal.

Corky - if you have an e-mail for him please PM me.

JOE
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Post by: corkybstewart on December 17, 2011, 08:09:59 PM
Do you know of a better way to reach him than a PM on this site?

I PM'd him when he first posted, but didn't pursue it too hard as I got the sense he prefers to do bulk shipments.

Like I said, I can only use two.  I suppose I could hassle a LHBS to see if they can put together a bigger order.

Joe...did you ever get a response from Balcone?

I did not.  I sent a PM, and might have done an e-mail through their site.  Can't recall for sure.

A small distiller here in Chicago has barrels for $100.  But they're 33 gallons.  A little more than I can reasonably handle.

I remain interested, but for now I'll go with oak chips until I can find a good deal.

Corky - if you have an e-mail for him please PM me.

JOE
http://www.balconesdistilling.com/about-us
There is a form to fill out to contact them, they got back to me within a day or 2 IIRC.
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Post by: Crispy275 on December 17, 2011, 08:43:54 PM
For what it is worth, I just emptied my 1st filling of the corn whiskey/single malt barrel and it was delightfully filled with vanilla, tannins and booze. Just rinsed it out with 3 gallons of pre-boiled water and added 5+ gallons of Imperial Stout. These are great little barrels, but you do need to order a pallette to make it worth their while...go through your LHBS shop.
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Post by: morticaixavier on December 19, 2011, 05:04:50 PM
For what it is worth, I just emptied my 1st filling of the corn whiskey/single malt barrel and it was delightfully filled with vanilla, tannins and booze. Just rinsed it out with 3 gallons of pre-boiled water and added 5+ gallons of Imperial Stout. These are great little barrels, but you do need to order a pallette to make it worth their while...go through your LHBS shop.

nice, I just emptied my first filling of a rumble barrel. tasted amazing, boozy, dark rasininy/figgy fruit. some vanilla. rinsed with hot water and added a bottle of meyers dark rum until I can fill it again.
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Post by: bbump22 on March 11, 2012, 07:43:01 PM
Any barrels left?
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Post by: dean on March 12, 2012, 03:34:48 AM
Any barrels left?

 Try craigslist grand rapids michigan.  Thought I saw some there about a week ago.
Title: Re: whisky barrels need homes
Post by: morticaixavier on March 12, 2012, 06:54:38 AM
Any barrels left?

Shoot him a PM or even check out the website, just google Balcones distillery. From what I gathered they always have barrels it just may take a few weeks to work everything out. I suspect they are, as the saying goes, busier than a one legged man in an... well you get the idea.

great barrels and good price as long as you have 16 friends who all also want a barrel (you'd be suprised! ;D)
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Post by: rjharper on March 13, 2012, 05:29:19 PM
I PM'd them through here, and sent an email through their website.  Our homebrew club wanted to get a palette together, but I've never heard anything back.
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Post by: hoser on March 13, 2012, 05:57:23 PM
I PM'd them through here, and sent an email through their website.  Our homebrew club wanted to get a palette together, but I've never heard anything back.

Try this ;D
chiptate@balconesdistilling.com
President & Head Distiller

Just finishing up a group by for some local Nebraska clubs this week. Hope to have the barrels soon! 
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Post by: hoser on April 06, 2012, 04:40:44 PM
The Nebraska clubs just received our 3 pallets from Balcones yesterday.  Very impressed.  Barrels are in great condition.  A mix of Blue Corn, Rumble, and Single Malt. Wonderful aromatics. Balcones even included a barrel stand for each barrel!  After freight shipping the cost was $70, a definite steal!  Jared and Chip were great guys to work with and very helpful throughout the process!

Now I just need to find some time to brew up a beer to fill this bad boy with! :D
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Post by: morticaixavier on April 06, 2012, 04:46:38 PM
The Nebraska clubs just received our 3 pallets from Balcones yesterday.  Very impressed.  Barrels are in great condition.  A mix of Blue Corn, Rumble, and Single Malt. Wonderful aromatics. Balcones even included a barrel stand for each barrel!  After freight shipping the cost was $70, a definite steal!  Jared and Chip were great guys to work with and very helpful throughout the process!

Now I just need to find some time to brew up a beer to fill this bad boy with! :D

you will enjoy them. I just put my third beer in my rumble barrel, havn't tasted the second in yet but the first out was amazing. It was an 11% barley wine. second was a 12% 'saison' and the third, in there now is a rye stout (this one was only ~3% going in so it's a different animal entirely.
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Post by: snowtiger87 on April 09, 2012, 05:40:26 PM
How long did you leave the first beer in the barrel?
Title: Re: whisky barrels need homes
Post by: morticaixavier on April 09, 2012, 08:01:09 PM
How long did you leave the first beer in the barrel?

first one was in for 6 weeks and ended up with a fairly pronounced barrel character but not over the top. saison was in for closer to 2 months, just tasted the first 'test' bottle this weekend. still very green, not fully carbed up yet but the barrel character was greaty reduced from the first batch, still a little boozy and a touch of oak but not to the same level as the BW.