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Nate P.
05/31/12 09:18 AM  
Small barrel
I took delivery of an 8 gallon Woodinville Whiskey barrel and need to create a plan for it. It came in excellent condition, little bit of whiskey left inside and appears to be very wet like a freshly dumped barrel. My only complaint is that it has some honeycombed staves which were not mentioned on their website. I plan on putting 1 or 2 straight beers through it in order to neutralize the oak and whiskey prior to inoculating it with a sour. Should I coat part of the outside with wax or something similar before doing a long term sour? I fear the higher oxygen permeability per volume I read about. Has anyone tried something like that or am I just paranoid?

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levifunk
05/31/12 10:24 AM  
Re: Small barrel
I waxed my 5 gallon sour barrel because I was having problems with the top staves drying out. However, O2 permeability was also a consideration and discussed further in the comments:

http://funkfactorybrewing.blogspot.com/2012/02/paraffin-waxing-barrel.html

Nate P.
05/31/12 10:38 AM  
Re: Small barrel
That's awesome, thanks for the write up. How durable is the paraffin?

Running some quick numbers, it looks like my 8 gallon barrel has 3 times the surface area to volume but I'm sure the staves are thinner than a bigger barrel too, especially at the honeycombed areas. Maybe coating 3/4 of it and making sure to get all the honeycomb staves would be a benefit?

levifunk
05/31/12 10:51 AM  
Re: Small barrel
The wax kind of soaks into the wood. That final step of heating it up and melting off the excess leaves the barrel with just a small amount on the surface and some soaked into the grain. Durability isn't really an issue.

3/4 sounds like it'd be about right. I wouldn't worry too much about the honeycomb staves at that point.

 
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