Re: Breaking in a New Barrel
You may want to consider the following advices:
New Barrel Treatment
1. Soak the inside of the barrel to expand the wood. This should take several days.
2. Empty and fill with a solution of Barolkleen mixed to a strength of 1 pound to 5
gallons of hot water and leave for at least 48 hours. You could also use a hot
solution of sodium carbonate (washing soda; soda ash 2 oz. for every 3 gallons.)
3. Drain the barrel and flush it with clean water until water runs clear from the barrel.
Mix a solution of two ounces of sodium metabisulphite and one ounce of citric
acid in two gallons of warm water. Pour this solution in the barrel and roll it around
so it comes in contact with all interior surfaces of the barrel. Drain the sulphite
solution, rinse the barrel well and fill with wine.
1. Rinse barrel several times with cool water, drain it and allow it to dry completely.
2. If it is clean, burn a sulfur strip inside the barrel in a flame-proof holder with the
bung closed until all the oxygen is used up. Avoid breathing the fumes and work in a
well ventilated area.
3. Mix your Barrolkleen again (3 oz. per gal.) and fill half full. Bung the barrel and
swish around periodically for 45 minutes. Let stand until cool then drain and rinse.
4. To remove traces of chemicals, mix up Campden tablets (1/4 oz.), citric acid (1/4
oz.) in 1 gallon of water. Slosh for a few minutes, empty and rinse.
1. Never store a barrel dry!
2. After it has been cleaned and sterilized, fill your barrel 2/3 full with water and add:
1 gram sodium metabisulphite crystals and 1 gram citric acid in a little hot water
for every liter of barrel volume. Top off the barrel with water and store tightly bunged
in a cool cellar.
3. If you store for more than 2 weeks, you will need to change out the solution.
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