Where are you located?
How do you ship?
What's the difference between black and galvanized hoops?
Are the barrel finished or varnished?
What's the difference between the regular Oak Barrels and Vinegar Barrels
The vinegar barrels are designed vertically with a 3” hole drilled in the head. This large hole allows oxygen into the barrel (a necessity for vinegar conversion) and .. access into the barrel to be able to remove mothers that might have dropped, help alleviate problems with spigots that might have clogged etc. Bottom-line … it gives you a vinegar barrel that you can use for years.
What's your warranty on the barrels?
How long do I age in my barrel?
Do I need to prep my barrel before using?
Begin by rinsing out the barrel to remove any charred bits and pieces of wood that might have shaken loose in shipping. Using a rubber mallet, carefully tap in the spigot (just until snug). Fill the barrel with water. It is normal for the barrel to drip until the wood has swelled. Barrels usually swell within 24- 48 hours ... some might take closer to a week. Once the dripping stops, keep the water in the barrel for an additional 24 hours to hydrate the staves. Empty and rinse again. Fill to the top with your favorite spirit. Using a twist, push and turn action secure the bung/cork snugly in place.
Does temperature and humidity impact the aging process?
Temperature also impacts the aging process due to the amount of oxidation that occurs at different temperatures. Higher temperatures accelerate this process while lower temperatures result in slower oxidation. Ideally there would be great variations between night and day temperatures. These fluctuations in temperature, along with changes in barometric pressure, have been shown to actually force the whiskey, wine or ale in and out of the wood, resulting in maximum flavor and character. Oxygen enters a barrel when water or alcohol is lost due to evaporation – often called the “angels share”. In an environment with 100% relative humidity, very little water evaporates and so most of the loss is alcohol – a useful trick if one has a liquor or wine with very high proof. Most beverages are topped up from other barrels or bottles to prevent significant oxidation. With small barrels, it’s recommended to top off the barrel every one or two weeks.
In a nutshell …
How do I add personalization to my barrel?
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