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Brand new hand made galvanized steel hoop oak barrels carved from American White Oak and built using the best barrel making techniques.
Great for flavouring small batches of wine, beer, port and spirits.
Oak Barrel – Black Hoop
Casks are charred on the inside to level 3
Made from American White Oak
Includes stand, spigot and bung
Black steel hoops
Brewersdirect tests all new barrels for leakage before shipping. Doing so, will give the oak barrels an aged look (burn marks will become present from when the inside of the barrel was charred – this is normal )Bees wax is used to seal any leaks, again a normal practice. Brewersdirect is happy to offer you peace of mind with great low prices, quality and great service
Terms and Conditions: Barrels & Kegs
If for any reason you are not happy with your product, you may return it within 30 days of initial delivery and receive a complete refund for the cost of the product. Please note original shipping charges as well as return shipping charges are not refunded.
Faulty barrels and or parts that are covered under the manufactures warranty will be replaced at no extra cost.
Barrels that have been used beyond the curing process, personalized or return later than 30 days will not be refunded.
Manufactures Limited Warranty
Barrels and or parts will be replaced under the following circumstances:
– Barrel will not seal due to cracks or holes in the wood. Barrel must first be left to cure for at least 5 days in order to determine if in fact it won’t seal.
– Spigot, bung or stand arrive broken or if spigot leaks when added to the barrel.
– Barrel hoops break when curing the barrel.
– Engraving wrong logo or name on the barrel provided engraving instructions were properly submitted by the customer.
Conditions not covered under the manufactures limited warranty:
– Barrels are not made to withstand pressure other than normal use pressure. If the barrel is filled with contents that build up pressure causing the barrel staves or head to bend, bulge or pop causing leaks it will not be covered under the manufactures limited warranty.
– Barrels that are stored without water for long periods of time causing the oak to dry and shrink causing the hoops to fall off or leaks which cannot be sealed.
To process a replacement barrel under the manufactures limited warranty we require you send us a picture of the problem to our email: [email protected]
Do not leave the barrel without water/alcohol for more than 2weeks as it will shrink and cause leaks. Tip; Keep barrel 1/4 full of water while in storage.
Frequently ask questions:
How to cure and seal your barrel
1. Lightly tap the spigot to insert it. Please note, it just needs to have a tight fit and does not need to go all the way in.
2. Fill with water and empty it in order to remove any small debris. Barrels are sanitized before they are shipped using heat, so no additional cleaning is needed.
3. Seal the barrel by filling it to the top with water and allow it to sit. The barrel needs to swell in order to seal any leaks; it is normal for the barrel to leak at first. As the barrel absorbs the water and starts to swell, leaks will start slowing down; this should take anywhere from a few hours up to a week.
4. Once the barrel has completely sealed, it is ready to use.
Please cure/fill your oak barrel within a month of receiving it, as barrels will dry out over time. When a barrel dries out, staves and heads will shrink, causing leaks that may not seal as well as causing the hoops to loosen.
– Barrels that are not varnished will show dark or black stains upon filling and will continue to blacken over time as they are raw wood. If this is not desired and varnish was not selected when ordering, please varnish your barrel before filling with water.
– When curing the barrel, do not allow it to sit full of water for more than two weeks as water will allow mold to grow inside the barrel.
– When the barrel seals with water but starts leaking when filled with wine/liquor, it may be because the beverage does not have enough water content to keep the barrel swelled. In this case, you can add a small amount of beeswax to seal the leaks.
Storing your oak barrel
When the barrel is not in use, fill it with water and add a tablet or half a teaspoon of citric acid. This is done so that mold will not grow inside the barrel.
If you prefer not to add citric acid, please add a small amount of alcholic content to the water when storing as alcohol will keep mold away!
How To Barrel Age Spirits
1. Fill the barrel with your wine/liquor and insert the bung plug. Make sure the bung plug has a tight fit to avoid air getting inside as it can affect the aging process.
2. Place your oak barrel in a cool place and out of direct sunlight, and away from heating or cooling devices. Extreme temperature fluctuations will cause the barrel to expand and contract, causing leaks or more rapid evaporation.
3. Aging in these barrels for one month is the equivalent to aging for six months in larger barrels. So, depending on your recipe and the flavor you want to achieve, it can take anywhere from 3-4 weeks to several months.
– Evaporation will occur on average 3-5% per month (This is known as angel’s share). If you are planning on aging for long periods of time, minimize evaporation by storing the barrel in a cool humid place. You can also put a damp cloth on top of the barrel to increase its humidity and keep evaporation at a minimum.
Brewers Direct is proud to offer 2, 5 & 10 liters charred oak barrels for sale at a great price