Curing The Barrel
First, we would like to thank you for choosing Deep South Barrels for your at home wine and spirits aging needs.
Before using your barrel, you should cure the barrel. Your oak aging barrel is made of wood and stored empty so your barrel may need to swell back up before use. This is the same concept as a wooden boat being used for the first time after being stored all winter.
- Start by rinsing out your barrel three or four times to get any wood debris out.
- Now insert the spigot on the front of the barrel and tighten by hand to secure the spigot.Then fill your barrel full of HOT water keeping it full until any leaking ceases. This may take as little as one minute or as long as a week.
- If you plan on aging different kinds of spirits or wine in the same barrel, you should cure the barrel for three to five days so the wood absorbs as much water as possible and not your alcohol when you start using the barrel.