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Old 11-14-2011, 09:11 PM   #11
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Yikes, that sounds expensive.

I would think that heat would work. Boil up 10 gallons of water in your brew kettle, get it into the barrel ASAP, losing as little heat as possible, then slap in a bung and roll it around for a few minutes. Dump the water and throw the bung back in, and it should be close enough for beer......
Don't need to fill it, LOL.

I don't know. It seems remiss to put starsan or water in a barrel that's been in contact with such greatness. Seems like you'd be washing away a lot of goodness.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:08 PM   #12
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why not just fill it with a star san solution? it would accomplish the desired sanitation as well as keep the barrel nice and moist so the staves don't dry out and leak. that much star san would be cheap and easy!
I was thinking that, too, but what effect would an acid sanitizer have on wood? I just don't know enough either way to actually advise someone to try it.
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Don't need to fill it, LOL.

I don't know. It seems remiss to put starsan or water in a barrel that's been in contact with such greatness. Seems like you'd be washing away a lot of goodness.
I hear ya. On the other hand, how would 10 gallons of water even come close to filling a 50 gallon barrel?

I'd probably just leave it as-is and go with it, as long as it had been kept closed up. Brew up something nice and strong that could "self-sanitize" the thing.

Really, if we're talking about a whiskey barrel, that had bourbon aged in it for several years, would the interior even be a hospitable environment for nasties anymore? We might be having a "how should I wash my bar of soap" type conversation here.....
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Old 11-25-2011, 03:01 PM   #14
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I picked up one of the Victory barrels on wed and they smell so good!! i plan on rinsing the beer out with some water then saran wrapping around the keg until i have a brew marathon weekend to fill it.

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Old 11-25-2011, 03:29 PM   #15
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10 g boiling water rolled around and dumped after a few should sanitize just fine. I'm sure starsan would work too but I don't like the idea of leaving that sanitizer in there after it's dumped, although against that large of a volume it wouldn't matter much, huh?

We just used a Heaven Hill barrel with the above method - keep in mind tho that it hadn't been compromised and was pretty fresh. Before that, we had a Beam barrel that is on its 4th batch now. Our friends let it dry out between batch 3 and 4...don't ever let a barrel dry out or you'll be in the same boat with a near ruined charred oak barrel. But you can even rescue a barrel from the brink fairly easily with the right techniques.

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