I have a friend who is doing some delicious aging/finishing with small one and two liter barrels. He has been using the same barrels for more than 8 or 9 years now and says they are getting better every refill. and weren't very good for the first few refills.
Even considering standard 53 gal. size barrels, only a small percent of them make exceptional whiskey. The rest manage to create only average juice. I would imagine the same holds true for small barrels.
PS He did suggest I leave it outside for awhile and then soak in water for 24 hours before using. He also warned about leaving the barrel open while outside.
Last edited by Enoch; 09-14-2013 at 13:49.
That, or you'd pick up some airborne spoilage yeast/bacteria ,,,
At my age I'll just buy it already aged.
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I picked up a couple of small barrels [2L ($40) and 5L ($65.00)] from Independent Stave Company's plant in Lebanon, KY. Visited last Thursday. I've included a copy of their barrel prep procedures. IMAG0242.jpg
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