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Old 12-13-2012, 05:33 PM   #31
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Thanks Levi! I've been checking on it every couple of weeks. I agree about the evaporation/absorption rate. I'm guessing that the barrel wasn't quite as hydrated as I thought. I have it sitting in my basement, so the relative humidity is probably a little on the high side (old basement with sandstone walls). We're probably looking at about 2 gallons in 4.5 months of evaporation/absorption.

I read that I should account for about 5 gallons per year of evaporation, what's your experience Levi?

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Old 12-13-2012, 07:26 PM   #32
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I haven't measured the amount of evaporation. Also, I "sample" fairly often

I think I am going to top off my first barrel with wort from a new batch this January. I'd like to keep the head space low, and I think you are smart for doing the same.

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Old 12-13-2012, 07:32 PM   #33
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I've been trying to keep my samples to a "minimum" - which is hard to do. I didn't have the foresight to drill a hole in the head and use a stainless nail to keep it plugged, so I have to pull the bung to draw a sample. Every time I sample, I do purge it with c02, so hopefully I'm not introducing too much oxygen. I try to do minimal damage to the pellicle too.

Do you think I could get away with drilling a tiny hole higher up on the head after I pull out my first 15 gallons?

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If you are just drilling a hole for a SS nail, you can drill it when its full. I did. Not a problem at all.

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If you are just drilling a hole for a SS nail, you can drill it when its full. I did. Not a problem at all.
Awesome. Now to find a nail and a drill bit. Where did you get your nail, what size nail and drill bit? The last thing I want to do drill a hole and have the nail not fit. I should probably do a test fit on a board before I start drilling, eh?
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Awesome. Now to find a nail and a drill bit. Where did you get your nail, what size nail and drill bit? The last thing I want to do drill a hole and have the nail not fit. I should probably do a test fit on a board before I start drilling, eh?
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Thanks! I knew I read about it somewhere during my research!
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Very informative thread. Thanks. I am thinking of pulling the trigger on a used 59 gallon wine barrel (cabernet sauvignon). It has been empty for 3 months. I will have to go and inspect but this thread answered a lot of the questions that I had swirling around in my head.

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I pulled 4 gallons for blending and brought it to our BJCP study group. No acetic character at all. Lots of oak though and it's a little too lactic sour. With a little blending it can easily be a 35+ point beer.

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Very informative thread. Thanks. I am thinking of pulling the trigger on a used 59 gallon wine barrel (cabernet sauvignon). It has been empty for 3 months. I will have to go and inspect but this thread answered a lot of the questions that I had swirling around in my head.
Glad it's been helpful. Fire away with any questions.
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