My parents moved house recently, and, when clearing out the garage, stumbled across two 9 gallon / firkin casks from the old Buckley's Brewery, Llanelli (RIP - it was bought out by Brains a while back who then closed the brewery, but still produces one of its beers, the Rev. James). The previous owner of the house must've bought a load of beer for a party and left the casks there. Like the good father of a homebrewer, he has kindly donated them to me.
Though I'd love to use them for cask-conditioned beer at home, I don't know if that'd be a good idea given how quickly it turns once it's tapped (unless I have a party, of course). Otherwise, do you think they would be suitable as secondary/lagering vessels?
Also, they are slightly mucky - it looks like someone maybe used them to prop up boards to do some cementing/rendering at some point. What would be the best way of cleaning them up? Would I need to get some professionals to do it? Could a brewery do it for me? I actually live 10 minutes away from the said Brains brewery...