Q: I need something for home-made root beer. I want to use dry ice too -- can dry ice go in this if the lid is not on until the dry ice dissipates?
A: The opening is a bit small to fit dry ice into, but so long as there is enough ventilation for the escaping gas yes it can be used
Q: Do you ship internationally? If so, what is the cost for the 5L, 3L, and 2L barrels?
A: We ship internationally and the cost will vary for each barrel depending on where the package is headed. You can add the items into a shopping cart on the site, and change over the country and postal code information for the site to reflect the cost of shipping.
Q: Are these barrels produced in the US or outside of this country?...also what type of oak is used?
A: Hi Peter,
The barrels are made from American Oak in the U.S.A.!
Q: So does it take a longer time to age beer in a barrel depending on the barrel size ?
Is a 20 liter oak barrel for home brewing beer considered generally too large, takes
too long to age ? Thanks
A: Aging generally depends on how much surface area comes into contact with the barrel. Usually you want to rotate the barrel every few days to increase surface contact. Volume isn't necessarily a factor. The aging time also depends on personal taste.
Q: I recently bought one of these barrels (very lovely looking) & lost the card with the website for preparing the barrel. Could you please send the link?
Here is the link to their site if you or anyone else needs this info.
Q: How many times can the barrel be used before losing its oak flavor?
A: Depending on what you are filling it with, I would say about twice before it loses flavor.
Q: When not being used should the barrel be filled with water or dry?
A: You want to fill the barrel half way with water and seal the bunghole tight. The moisture inside the barrel will not allow the barrel to shrink and dry. Thanks!
Q: Does this have a varnish on the outside? And if so, can it still be soaked in water?
A: These barrels are hand made and will need to be cured (soaked in water) to ensure the wood is swelled.
Q: I am putting my barrel back in service.
I have it filled with water and can't get it to stop leaking.
What can I do?
A: Wait it out, until to swells and no longer leaks.
Q: Are these barrels used for beer?.....your description reads everything but...
A: You can use this to age beer.
Q: Could this barrel be modified to hold pressure (just carbonation pressure, I obviously wouldn't need enough for flow) so I could put beer in it?
A: This barrel can be used for beer, but it would not hold pressure. Barrel aging beers is common, but pressurizing barrels is not.
Q: Are these barrels charred or toasted?
A: These barrels have a medium char on the inside.