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Old 06-12-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Anyone have any ideas about where to find some used wine barrels?


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Old 06-12-2010, 11:56 PM   #2
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5gal isnt very common so finding it used you would be extremely lucky,

buying used in small sizes usually is nearly as expensive as buying new


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Old 06-13-2010, 12:08 AM   #3
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Even a 13 gallon or 10 would work, but like you stated they are hard to find.

I just think a new one would be intense. Maybe I could pour alot of boiling water in then soak it in wine for a bit?
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:20 AM   #4
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refilling with water would work well

vadai barrels is a good source for nice cheap barrels, 13gal for ~170
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:26 AM   #5
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many used barrels come up on ebay every now and again.
Home vinters are good too if you know any.
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:25 AM   #6
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Check out this company for new and used barrels in various sizes... www.qualitybarrels.com. Great company with reliably good barrels.
Neutral Red Barrels



$42.00

thats damn cheap for a barrel before shipping.
Neutral barrels can be great for making lambics.

damn thats alot of lambic though.

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Old 06-29-2010, 07:30 PM   #7
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Why are the older barrels so much cheaper............?
What does it mean?
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Why are the older barrels so much cheaper............?
What does it mean?
new barrels are fresh and new. That new oak is desirable in distilling and wine making. That flavor profile is not desirable in lambic making.

Old barrels are less desirable too wine makers.
So they are sold of as scrap wood or to people that want too turn them into things like planters.
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As long as the older barrel held wort thats what I'd want for Lambics/Reds etc.
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:48 PM   #10
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Babalu, how many times do I have to tell you this, unless the barrel has been properly taken care of before it gets to you it will make nothing but vinegar. A barrel can go bad in a few hours if someone who doesn't know/care is handling it. Stale, sour wine sitting in the bottom of a barrel makes acetic acid at the speed of light. And while acetic acid is a part of the lambic profile it is a minor part. A VERY minor part. Too much of it and you just blew your load on 60 gallons of brew that won't even make good salad dressing.

You get what you pay for. There is a reason a barrel that once sold for $650 is now selling for $40. Even a 'neutral' barrel is still worth keeping for a vineyard because it's still a 'neutral' storage vessel. It's when it turns sour and is only good for holding petunias that they sell it off. So go make friends with a wine-maker and trade him some really good beer for old barrels in good shape.

Oh, wait a minute...

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