Product Information – Aging Barrels

Q: Why is this the best barrel design for small volume aging?

A: Proper aging requires exposing the right amount of product with the right amount of wood for the right amount of time.  Wood, Product, and Time must each be in the proper proportion for the best results.

Several things take place during aging in a wood barrel over time to produce desired product profiles:

  1. Product adsorbs compounds from the Wood, impacting taste, smell, color.  Compounds may include those created during Toasting and Charring
  2. Evaporation of various compounds.  Higher alcohols, Ethenol, Water, Air and other molecules evaporate and slowly breath through the wood
  3. Congeners are adsorbed Char on the barrel head
  4. Chemical Esterification takes place between alcohols and acids to create new flavors and smells
  5. Oxidation of molecules take place as the barrel “breaths”
  6. Other chemical interactions between Wood, Air, and Product.

Item 1 above if by far the fastest and most impactful process.   All of the processes listed above take a significant amount of time except for item #1.

Each of these reactions take place at a different rate

 

Stainless Steel Pans

The stainless steel pans used to make our aging barrels are made of 100% food grade stainless steel.   The pans used in our standard 2 gallon, 1.5 gallon, and 1 gallon barrels hold 8 liters, 6 liters, and 4 liters  respectively prior to inserting  barrel heads.

Wood

 

Toasting

Charring

Bung Head

Bolt Head

Spigot Head

Preparation for First Use

Repairing Leaks

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