Tips for purchasing barrels for aging.

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  1. hawksfan82

    hawksfan82 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2007 Kansas

    Hey guys, I manage a bar in St. Louis and would like to try and get at least two barrels to lend to a brewery to maybe try out a barrel aging product.

    We only do beer and no packaged liquor to I'm not sure we can get barrels from our beer reps in return for buying a ton of packaged liquor. I'm looking online but it looks like it's about a 500 dollar investment per barrel.

    I've heard that some wineries out here might be willing to part with a barrel here or there and I'm looking at that option right now (sour beer aged in wine/oak), but I was wondering if there was anyone on here who knew of places that would part with their old spirit barrels for not too much $$$.

    Thanks in advance guys,

  2. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

  3. LeeryLeprechaun

    LeeryLeprechaun Zealot (512) Jan 30, 2011 Colorado

  4. OldSock

    OldSock Defender (654) Apr 3, 2005 District of Columbia

    Look locally. Shipping is often the biggest cost. We've gotten our five 53-60 gallon barrels all for between $60-$120.
  5. TrinidadJ

    TrinidadJ Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2012 Trinidad & Tobago

  6. hawksfan82

    hawksfan82 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2007 Kansas

    Thanks, fellas. Hit up a bunch of local wineries. Am put on the list of one which means I could get access tomorrow......or a year down the road.
  7. kodymupa

    kodymupa Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    What have people done for sanitizing the barrel? Are they use Bourbon barrels or has a brewery already aged beer in them?
  8. hawksfan82

    hawksfan82 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2007 Kansas

    I'm wondering if I can get someone an un-sanitized wine barrel and playing around with a new sour, or making one or their normal offerings "wild."
  9. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

    The problem with using unsanitized wine barrels is you have a tremendous likelihood of getting a lot more acetic character than you likely wanted in your beer.
  10. hawksfan82

    hawksfan82 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2007 Kansas


    That's just my initial thought process.....I'll let the dudes who do this for a living make the final decision. :slight_smile:
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