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    Old Barrels found

    I recently purchased a house in Cenrtal Portland Oregon (built in 1880). While renovating the basement I discoverd a room that had been walled off. It contains 7 full size Barrels of Whiskey "no markings". Definetly whiskey inside. Any body have any idea what I should do (sell it, drink it, throw it out)?

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    Re: Old Barrels found

    WOW!!!

    Taste it, find out what kind of whiskey it is.
    Then report back here asap.
    ovh

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    Re: Old Barrels found

    No markings on the barrels??? How many metal bands are holding the barrel together?
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Quote Originally Posted by mozilla View Post

    How many metal bands are holding the barrel together?

    Jeff, what would that signify?
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    Jeff, what would that signify?

    Older barrels were 8 hoop....newer are 6 hoop.
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Before I drink it I would see if you can find a lab that would test it to make sure its not tainted somehow. I would think barrels hidden in a walled off room would likely be from prohibition times. I would think a lot of stuff could leach through the wood in that amount of time.

    Interesting find.
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Wow. Interesting find.

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    Re: Old Barrels found

    There's a guy in Lexington who can test the stuff for contaminants and alcohol content.
    His name is Gary Spedding.
    I used to do sensory panel beverage testing for him when I lived there.
    I have his card somewhere.

    gspedding@alcbevtesting.com

    You might want to send him a sample.
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Paging Corvallis Cracker! Scott, Where are you? Scott is a member here, up your way. There's a chance he could be of some assistance too. Good luck, and keep us posted. Joe
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    Re: Old Barrels found

    Wow....I bet it is Canadian.....agree...get it tested...who knows what they contain.

 

 

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