FREE SHIPPING ON ALL NEW BARRELS! About new barrels
All of the barrels we sell are made from American Oak - an affordable option for aging wine, brandy, whiskey, rum and other spirits.
Comes with bung, Spout and Stand.
Do not take plastic wrap off your barrel until it it time to use, it will dry out! If your barrel gets dried out it should be filled with 5 liters of freshly boiled water, bunged, and flipped on both heads for 12 hours before use. The cooling water pulls a vacuum and draws the staves tight to seal barrel. Use barrel immediately after soaking! Use barrel wax to stop any further leaks.
3 liter (.8 gallons)
Barrel: 9" Tall, 8" wide / Packing box: 12" Tall, 9" wide
5 liter (1.3 gallons)
Barrel: 10" Tall, 9" wide / Packing box: 13" Tall, 10" wide
10 liter (2.6 gallons)
Barrel: 12" Tall, 10" wide / Packing box: 14" Tall, 11" wide
15 liter (3.9 gallons)
Barrel: 13" Tall, 10" wide / Packing box: 16" Tall, 12" wide
20 liter (5.28 gallons)
Barrel: 16" Tall, 13" wide / Packing box: 17" Tall, 13" wide
30 liter (8 gallons)
Barrel: 17" Tall, 14" wide / Packing box: 19" Tall, 17" wide
40 liter (10.6 gallons)
Barrel 19" Tall, 15" wide / packing box 21" Tall, 17" wide
50 liter (13.2 gallons)
Barrel: 20" Tall, 17" wide / Packing box: 22" Tall, 18" wide
70 liter (18.5 gallons)
Barrel: 21" Tall, 18" wide / Packing box: 23" Tall, 20" wide
100 liter (26.4 gallons)
Barrel: 26" Tall, 19" wide / Packing box: 28" Tall, 21" wide
Check out this video for tips on preparing your new barrel for use!
VIDEO Frequently Asked Questions - New Barrels
1. How do I cure the barrel?
Barrels should be cured prior to use. Start by filling the barrel with hot water and leave it to soak for a day. This allows the barrel to swell tightly against the hoops and ensure that the barrel doesn't leak. Or fill ends of barrel with water while standing up. When the ends hold water after an hour the barrel becomes watertight. Keep filling up ends until it stops leaking. You can save any old barrel this way. This will also keep bands from getting loose and falling off.
2. My barrels have no holes?
We ship the larger barrels with no holes so you can add one or two holes where you want. Not everyone wants to use the rack or spout. Use a 3/4 inch spade bit to make the holes where you want. This size hole will fit out bung and spout perfectly. Use a rubber mallet to hammer them in gently. They will also swell up when wet to give you a tight seal.
3. How should the barrel be stored?
Barrels are best stored in a cool damp environment such as a wine cellar. This will keep the exterior from drying out and minimize evaporation (Angels Share or Devil's Cut). Sun and wind will dry it out.
4. How many times can I use my barrel?
With proper care, you can use your barrel for 8 to 10 years. Following the cleaning instructions will insure a long life for your product and be sure to not let your barrel dry out.
5. I left my barrel dry for an extended time. Now it leaks... what do I do?
In many cases just re-cure the barrel. If it continues leaking, submerge the barrel in water for a couple of days. After it's been submerged, dry the exterior with a towel and fill it with water to see if it continues to leak. If so, find the leak and apply barrel wax to the hole... You may have to tap the hoops in toward the center of the barrel to tighten up the staves, this should stop the leak.
6. How often do I clean my barrel?
When aging hard spirits such as whiskey, rum or tequila, clean the barrel after two or three batches. For wine, cider, liquor or other low alcohol content spirits, clean after each batch.
7. How do I clean my barrel?
a) Dissolve the Barrel-Kleen into warm water. Fill the barrel with this cleaning solution and soak for 24 hours. Empty and rinse 3 times with hot water.
b) Dissolve the Neutralizing Acid into warm water. Fill the barrel with this neutralizing solution and soak for 15 minutes. Empty and rinse the barrel 3 times with hot water.
c) To re-char the barrel interior, drain the barrel for 3 hours. Place a butane torch in the bung and spigot hole and re-char the inside.
To prevent the barrel from drying out and minimize the possibility of contamination, barrels should always be stored full with spirits or water with sterilizing solution.
8. How do I store my barrel?
When storing the barrel fill the barrel with a mixture of sterilizing tablets and cool water. Fill the barrel with the solution and leave in a cool damp place until you are ready to use again.
9. How long do I age my spirits?
There's no formula for the perfect time to age your spirits. Age to taste! We suggest you taste your spirits every week and once aged to your taste, start drinking or move it to a glass bottle to stop the aging process.
10. Do smaller barrels age the spirit faster than large barrels?
Yes, due to the greater surface or contact area ratio, small size barrels will age 5 to 10 times faster then your standard 53 gallon barrel. These means that one month in a small barrel will produce the equivalent aging to 1 to 1 1/2 years in a full size barrel.
Do you really delivery my entire order for only $50!?
Yes! We run our own trucks on a weekly rotation delivering to different areas of our delivery zone. Order today and have us add your barrels to our next delivery truck through your area!
When will I receive my barrels?
We typically deliver within 2-4 weeks, depending on where we are in the delivery rotation. Contact us today if you need a better idea of when exactly we would deliver your order!
Is there anything I need to do to the barrel to use as decoration? We would recommend adding 4 screws into each of the metal hoops around the barrel. Over time, the wood may dry out and shrink slightly. Adding a few screws should keep the barrel together as is for years to come!
Can I leave the barrel outside?
Yes! It is recommended to coat the barrel in an exterior-grade polyurethane or polycrylic to protect the wood. It is recommended that you cover the barrel if directly exposed to rain or snow.
How do you clean or refinish a barrel?
Some customers love the rustic or naturally stained finish of a barrel. Others prefer to clean it up and stain the barrel. These barrels are perfect for either application! Depending on the look you are going for, you can clean the barrel with a hose and some deck-cleaner, or take a sander to the barrel to get down to the wood. Any oil or water-based stain and sealer will work well - just pick your desired color!
Any other questions, please feel free to contact us!
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