General Oak Barrel / Mini-Oak Barrel Questions... 

by Thousand Oaks Barrel Co.

What are the oak barrels made from?

Our barrels are made from premium quality American White Oak. The staves are air dried for two years and all barrels have a medium char.

Are glues or nails used to make the barrel?

No, our barrels are all hand crafted with no use of glues or nails.

How should the barrel be stored?

Barrels are best stored in a cool damp environment such as a wine cellar. This will keep the exterior from drying out and minimize evaporation.  

How many times can I use my barrel?

With proper care, you can use your barrel for 8 to 10 years. Following the cleaning and re-charing instructions will insure a long life for your product and be sure to not let your barrel dry out.

I left my barrel dry for an extended time. Now it leaks... what do I do?

In many cases just re-cure the barrel. If it continues leaking, submerge the barrel in water for a couple of days. After it's been submerged, dry the exterior with a towel and fill it with water to see if it continues to leak. If so, find the leak and apply barrel wax to the hole... If you can't stop the leaking... cut in half and use as a planter!



What kind of spirits should be used with the barrel? Aren't your better spirits (e.g., Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, etc.) already barrel aged? What would our oak barrels add to the taste experience? appears no one from the company monitors or answers posts
After curing the barrel for 3-5 days and draining the water out can I immediately fill with spirits?
Just wondering if anyone knows how to remove the bung without breaking it.
What is the size difference between the 1L and 2L spigots?
I have orders 2L spigots but they seem a lot tighter than the old ones.
Could I put in ready made wine into the barrel and will it last or will it go bad once I take some from the spout
Let my mini barrel dry out, I have submerged it and it seems to have resealed itself nicely. I have a cleaning tablet that I will be using after the initial 3 day swelling period. However the outside has turned white like it was painted, is this normal should I worry about the inside?
If you're not going to be using your barrel for a couple months, what is the best way to store it?
First time with the new oak barrel. Followed instructions with the warm water and allowing it to sit. The barrel seems to be well sealed, but there is a consistent drip from the faucet area. Drip seems to form at the edge of the metal, where it spins in the wood. Been 2+ days. Get about 1/2 tspn every 12 hours. Is this normal? Recommendations?
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