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Offline danmages

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Cleaning and Care of a Barrel
« on: December 01, 2014, 03:14:18 AM »
My RIS is out of the barrel and just beautiful. It needs more time, but I cannot wait to bottle this beer.

I now have an empty barrel to take care of. I rinsed out the barrel with cold water until it started to flow out the bunghole and let it run for a minute or two. I then shook the barrel to slosh it around before draining. I then repeated the process with hot water. The barrel is now upside down on a chair to drain and dry on the inside.

I also have a sulfur stick to burn in the barrel. Should I do this? What is the best procedure? Any steps that I missed?? The barrel will be empty for about a month, when I hope to have a wheat wine ready for it.

Thanks!

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Re: Cleaning and Care of a Barrel
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2014, 05:56:22 AM »
I will advise you to NOT utilize the sulfur stick!  You may impart undesirable flavors
to subsequent fill.
Also do Not let your barrel Dry out by sitting empty.  It will develop leakage
and you will have to recondition it to hold liquid.

You can call Sandos at vadai wine and ask his instructions. I see a link for barrel care
on his site but unsure how to access the page as I do not have an account there.
http://www.vadaiwinebarrels.com/

There is some information at this link as well
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=16135.0
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Re: Cleaning and Care of a Barrel
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2014, 01:16:08 AM »
On the advice of our local micro from whom we bought two full-sized barrels, we prepared our barrels in between fills (sat empty for 3-4 weeks) by:

  • rinsing with hot water several times;
  • re-charging with fresh whiskey, slosh it around, rotate from time to time.  We used 1.5 fifths of Four Roses, the same bourbon that was originally in the barrels;
  • flush with CO2, and fit with a solid bung.

Prior to re-filling, we dumped the bourbon.  Of 1.5 fifths of bourbon we put into the barrel, barely a pint came out when we dumped it.  Don't know how much might have evaporated versus getting sucked back into the wood.  We did nothing else to keep the barrels wet, inside or out.  Upon refilling, there were no leaks.
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Re: Cleaning and Care of a Barrel
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2014, 03:01:27 PM »
On the advice of our local micro from whom we bought two full-sized barrels, we prepared our barrels in between fills (sat empty for 3-4 weeks) by:

  • rinsing with hot water several times;
  • re-charging with fresh whiskey, slosh it around, rotate from time to time.  We used 1.5 fifths of Four Roses, the same bourbon that was originally in the barrels;
  • flush with CO2, and fit with a solid bung.

Prior to re-filling, we dumped the bourbon.  Of 1.5 fifths of bourbon we put into the barrel, barely a pint came out when we dumped it.  Don't know how much might have evaporated versus getting sucked back into the wood.  We did nothing else to keep the barrels wet, inside or out.  Upon refilling, there were no leaks.

Speaking of this, we should probably do that again soon...

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Re: Cleaning and Care of a Barrel
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2014, 03:34:17 PM »
I may stop by to visit tomorrow, with a couple more fifths of Four Roses.
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Re: Cleaning and Care of a Barrel
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2014, 11:27:09 PM »
I may stop by to visit tomorrow, with a couple more fifths of Four Roses.

You know where to find us, should start about ~8ish

1.5 fifths ought to do the trick ;)

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Re: Cleaning and Care of a Barrel
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2014, 12:46:59 AM »
Knob Creek will have to do.
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