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Old 10-05-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Barrel aging: i have a barrel, but no stand!!

So Tomorrow a freshly dumped barrel from Allagash will be arriving on my doorstep. How long can i keep the barrel empty before it will leak, and does anyone have cheap and easy plans to build a stand for one of those bad mammajammas???

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I'm sure if you have some tools like a jigsaw, hammer nails, skill saw, you can make something to keep it in its side.... doesn't have to look pretty!

Not sure about the other questions, I think I've read about people filling it with water to keep the wood swelled??

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If it dries out / is already dry just fill it with 170+ water to swell the wood before filling it with beer.

As for the stand, I just use a couple shims on each side to keep it from rolling and it does just fine.
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Go to Home Depot and pick up a couple of these. I think I paid $14 for a pair, add a couple of blocks and it's stable. Plus it's mobile:

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