49724Re: [Distillers] Reuse of oak barrel
- Mar 27, 2014
As mentioned, scotch is made from barley and is usually aged in used whiskey barrels. That was what I did. But now my rye whiskey, made from >51% rye, must be aged in an unused, virgin, oak barrel. So far, the responses to my original question has not addressed my issue - can I shave off the old charcoal, re-charcoal the inside and reuse the barrel for rye. There seems to be plenty of thickness (1") to allow about 1/8" to 3/16" to be removed without jeopardizing the holding function of the barrel. I'm wondering if the new surface would still have the "virgin" oak properties to properly age the rye.
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