Oak barrel - persistent leak - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Oak barrel - persistent leak

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-02-2008, 01:54 PM   #1
mickeypower
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 11


I've got a oak barrel that I've been soaking for months. It has a small persistent leak that just won't go. It seems to be a fissure within a slat, rather than between two slats.

I'm thinking there might be some kind of food-grade oil or something that I might apply externally... but I dunno. Any ideas what I could do to fix this?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2008, 02:45 PM   #2
Old_Brewer
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Carmine, TX
Posts: 105
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I had an old whiskey barrel that also leaked after soaking. I used a ball-peen hammer, and tapped/hammered on the leaking area. If tapping slows the leak, wait a day and tap some more. It should eventually stop leaking. It is one of those "art" things. If you tap too hard, it might leak somewhere else.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2008, 04:24 PM   #3
bikegeek
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Hanover, PA
Posts: 81

What about brewer's pitch?
http://www.jastown.com/bulk/bp-293.htm

I've used it in oak water barrels to fix the same problem.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
mickeypower
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 11

I'll try the hammering trick, but I'd imagine to works for leaks between slats: mine is due to a fractured slat I think.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bikegeek
What about brewer's pitch?
As I understand, brewer's pitch is used to line the whole inside of the barrel. I could do that... but am keen to keep the oak raw, for flavor etc. Unless I can apply it locally to the area that's leaking. Don't know if that is possible though..?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2008, 06:35 PM   #5
Yuri_Rage
Gritty.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
 
Yuri_Rage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Southwest
Posts: 14,280
Liked 794 Times on 506 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by mickeypower
Unless I can apply it locally to the area that's leaking. Don't know if that is possible though..?
I don't see why that wouldn't work...
__________________
Homebrewed Blog..........YouTube Channel .......... Shirts, posters, etc

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2008, 07:24 PM   #6
mickeypower
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 11

OK I'll give pitch a try. I assume I heat it, pour through the bung hole, and swill around..?

P.S. I'm based in the UK - just found an interesting site here that sells it and a load of very interesting "traditional materials". See http://traditionalmaterials.co.uk/

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2012, 06:48 PM   #7
flanneltrees804
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Chicago, IL
Posts: 118
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Found this thread cause I'm encountering a problem with my small barrel. The story goes like this:

I got a free 3 gallon oak barrel. Un-charred and really clean, never had anything in it. The only hoops it had were the ends, the two in the middle were missing and I suspected this would be an issue. I didn't worry too much about it and filled it with water to seal it up and just a few days later it was almost completely sealed except a tiny leak at the bottom where one of the staves was popping out pretty good.

I went to the store and picked up some galvanized hanging bands and bolts to make my own adjustable hoops. This worked too well as I squeezed the barrel too tight and one of the end bands popped off entirely! I have now frankensteined this thing back together and the only leak is the head where the band came off. I am still unable to get that end band on all the way and I suspect it will have to stay like that. I will have to post pictures later.

Anyway, I'm just trying to open up this thread again to see what anyone might recommend other than barrel pitch. I think I'm going to order some but how well is it at sealing bigger leaks? Can I apply it to the outside as well? I feel like if I just used the pitch both inside and out on the one end I will be good to go.

PS, I don't care how this thing looks, I got it for free and plan on putting in the basement for a while with beer in it so I have very little interest in buying another barrel at the moment. Eventually I want some 10 gallon barrels.



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bourbon-barrel-aged barrel-oak-smoked porter? slim chillingsworth Recipes/Ingredients 3 08-01-2009 02:46 PM
CO2 Leak...Somewhere boredatwork Bottling/Kegging 6 05-11-2009 09:31 PM
WTF!!! What now? (leak) LostDakota Bottling/Kegging 5 12-20-2007 03:34 PM
Where is my leak? Striker169 Bottling/Kegging 9 08-21-2007 02:29 AM
Possible leak?? tim1970 Bottling/Kegging 8 04-17-2007 08:39 PM


Forum Jump