Q: What are the dimensions
A: Dimensions are 21Lx16Wx17H
Q: How many times can these be reused effectively?
A: the charred oak will continue to impart flavor over time. The length of time the product is left in the barrel will need to increase a bit as the barrel is used, to allow for more seepage into the batch to extract the oak flavor as the barrel is used more and more
Q: Do these come ready to use?
A: The barrels will need to run through a leak test with water to swell the staves but otherwise, will be charred and ready for use when they arrive
Q: where are these made?
A: these are coopered in the US. We currently only have access to a 5 gallon size
Q: Dies this barrel come with an end bung for a spigot
A: the barrel comes with one drilled opening on the side. The cooperage does not provide the service of adding a spigot opening but this can be done by the end user when the barrel arrives if needed
Q: Re: 5gal American Oak Barrel.
Can you tell me the quality of the oak forests and region from where the wood originates, how long the oak has been seasoned outdoors, as well as how loose or tight the grain of the wood is. There is a medium toast to the barrel, correct?
A: these are a medium toast barrel. As far as the condition of the wood and source region, we are provided with that information. You can find the manufacturer, River Driver Cooperages website online, to pose the question to their contact us section to see if they can update you with that information
Q: What char level are these barrels? Looking for a 3 or 4 level.
A: these are listed as level 3 char by the distributor
Q: I'm interested in this barrel (item Number: 129-1000) and the description says 'ships from manufacturer.' Who is the manufacturer of this barrel? I see that some of your barrels come from The Barrel Mill. If this one is from The Barrel Mill I'm gonna have to order one!
A: the barrels are currently sent from River drive cooperage and mill works
Q: Would this be a good max for Mead??
A: this can be used for beer, wine cider, or mead!
Q: does the barrel come with an oak bung?
A: the barrel will come with an oak stopper in the bung opening when shipped
Q: Is it chard inside ?
A: The barrels will have a char on the inside but are previously unused for aging spirit