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    Post A Question about Bung Cloths?

    Having only worked in One Distillery and for one company I have a question which I asked on my Memories thread and I am asking there in case it was missed! Did The Kentucky Distillerys use Bung Cloths in the barrels with the Bung? Continental always did and I never thought about it till I went searching for two to use in a pair of Barrel Staves I got for myself and Fricky to refinish. After I got the stuff I mentioned the cloths and He Said he had never seen them in any Distillerys He had been including Ky. So I got to Thinking was this something we used and not many Others? I would love to know as you know by my Thread I love the study of these things and of Kinsey and Continental Distilling!
    If anyone knows about this please answer here or my Memories thread where I first posted this question or Both.
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    Re: A Question about Bung Cloths?

    Dave,
    could it be because Publicker used hardwood bungs? I would guess that the hardwood does not expand and fill the hole like soft poplar. To which, the piece of cloth would fill any gaps between the stave and bung hole.
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    A Question about Bung Cloths?

    Jeff,
    Dave has shown me a few of the bungs used at the distillery in Linfield. In fact, he was kind enough to give me a couple. They do not appear to be made from hardwood.
    Doug

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    Re: A Question about Bung Cloths?

    Maybe they had different bungs then. The one I have is hard as a hockey puck. Very different from the ones I have from current distillers in Ky.

    Are yours made from Poplar?
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    Re: A Question about Bung Cloths?

    I don't know what type wood was used to produce the bungs.
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    Re: A Question about Bung Cloths?

    After inspecting my barrel bungs I decided to weigh them.
    The known bung from Four Roses is made of soft Poplar and weighs in at 26 grams.
    The unknown type of bung from Publicker weighs in at 28 grams. This bung is shorter and slightly smaller in circumfrance by about 1/16th inch. This bung appears to made from walnut or another dark dense wood.
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    Re: A Question about Bung Cloths?

    I got a used barrel from KBD for a brewing project.
    I don't know who the original distiller was because it was white washed over.
    I know it contained a 20+ year old rye.
    The bung had a bung cloth on it.
    Unless that was a Publicer barrel, I would have to say that they were used in Kentucky.
    Its the only one I've ever seen.
    The plug did not seem unusual in any way.
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    Re: A Question about Bung Cloths?

    what year was that, Ed?
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    Re: A Question about Bung Cloths?

    I got the barrel last fall, right around November.
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    Re: A Question about Bung Cloths?

    Ed and Jeff,
    Wasn't that old rye at KBF "Cream Of Kentucky" distillate??
    Joe
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