Ok, I recently purchased several of the used BALCONES pin casks. 2 were used for rye, and 1 was used for bourbon. This morning, I sanded off the BALCONES branding, and the handwritten notes on the other head. Then bored a 1" hole in the head, and added a #5.5 drilled silicone stopper and a small gravity tap. I then built a nice dovetailed rack to hold all 3 casks. Wish I knew how to post a pic, it really looks sweet. Filled all 3 casks with water, and no leaks are evident at this point.
So, my favorite brews are RIS, Scotch ales, and barleywines (all high gravity, of course!). I think the RIS and Scotch ales are a no brainer, but I'm curious if anybody has tried a pale barleywine in one of these casks?
Lay some wisdom on me people!