I recently picked up a used 5 gallons barrel from my LHBS for placing a lambic in it as this barrel has no oak flavor. Now for the past 2 weeks the barrel has been leak free until yesterday, I made up a soda ash solution in hot water and dumped into barrel. That's when the leak began, the barrel used to have a spigot which was plugged then waxed over but appears to be leaking from there.
The wax is hardly sticking and appears to be a bottle wax, i would bring back to my store but he is away till next week. Any thoughts on using a oak dowel and plugging with that? Is there a special wax that actually flows into the grain of the wood to " BITE" the wood?
Bottled: Pumpkin ale,Irish Stout, Jet fuel Cider, Sweet Cider, vanilla bourbon porter, deception stout