More Barrel questions...
I appreciate the help from everyone on this barrel project. Last night I constructed a rack. 4x4's on casters with angled wedges!
I opened the bunge and it smelled a bit "cheesy"? Not sure what that smell would be, but hopefully it's not mold.
I have a few questions.
1. This barrel has a small pin hole near the bottom presumably so that I can take samples without letting Air in and oxidizing from taking the bung out. I'm having trouble finding something to plug that hole and I'm leaning towards a Stainless steal SCREW. I'd prefer a SS Nail but can't find one. Will I be fine with a SS Screw, or should I find some sort of spigot?
2. Once I plug that up, here is what I plan to do.
a. Fill it with water to make sure it holds water.
b. drain the water, and power wash the inside with 140 degree water.
c. let it dry and once dry light a sulfur stick, turn it right side up with the bung in, and let it sit for 2 days.
d. rinse it out with the power washer with cold water and fill it up with 60 gallons of a red ale fermented with a Sacc strain.
e. dump in a bunch of yeast cakes from my Flanders (rosealare and ECY yeast cakes!) and let it sit for a year!
f. Top off as needed.
AM I on the right path. Please let me know what you think about all of this! Any advice would be appreciated as I'll be responsible for a fairly large investment that my Homebrew is getting into with this project.