Does anyone have information concerning the manufacture of whiskey barrels in the United States?
Dave Ziegler provided a few old staves from the old distillery in Linfield, PA that I have been finishing. There are significant variations in the stave dimensions. Stave thickness ranged between 5/8” and 1”. Length was between 34 ½” and 36 ½”. The shortest and thinnest was not charred. Age of the staves is unknown. All were bleached from lying in the open and some showed minor rotted areas.
One would think that there had to be some standardization in barrel components to insure proper loading of the ricks as well as reasonably consistent starting volume.