Q: Do you offer wholesale amounts for the Bourbon Barrel staves?
A: We do offer the staves wholesale on a separate wholesale website. You can apply for access to the site using the web information below for us to review and grant access from there:
Q: Can I use the staves to smoke meat or to marinate meat?
A: These are a charred oak used for aging spirits, similar to the JAck Daniels BBQ chips so they can be used in a smoker
Q: I was curious when exactly the season is for bourbon barrel staves. I'm trying to determine if I should sit on my batch of beer but without knowing when the staves are available, I cannot make that decision.
A: The current vendor does not have an ETA listed for the return at this time, but when available they normally ship throughout the year
Q: I assume these staves can be reused? Do they need to be cleaned in any way before resoaking in spirits after using?
A: they could potentially be reused, and a soak in spirit or with a potassium metabisulfite solution prior to the next use would be best
Q: Yes I have around 15 gallons that I plan to age in a full size whiskey barrell to turn into bourbon , how many of the oak staves would I need to purchase for this amount ? How long should I age this ? Would I need to char the staves or soak in a whiskey or do nothing ? Thanks
A: The staves are trimmed from a previously used charred oak barrel and will have a charred edge and some spirit soaked into the staves when they arrive. You can treat the staves with additional spirit or char them further if you'd like, but a rate of 2 per 5 gallons would be a good ration to use with them as they arrived added to the batch.
Q: What is the recommended method for sanitizing? Will using one-step kill any of the flavor? I was thinking of soaking in Bourbon and then dumping the whole thing into the secondary.
A: A pass through asanitizer solution would not harm the wood but soaking in a bourbon or whiskey would preserve more of that flavor profile and serve the purpose of sanitizing as well
Q: Which Kentucky bourbon barrels do these staves come from?
A: As stated previously in a different response, These staves are cut from a number of different barrel sources in Bourbon County. There is no real way to tell exactly which barrel source will be shipped to us, or shipped back out to you. You can treat the staves with a Whiskey of your choice in addition to the residual flavor left on the staves.
Q: Do the staves come vacuum sealed?
A: The staves do come in a poly heat sealed bag, but are not vacuum sealed
Q: If I'm not going to use the staves right away, can they be frozen, and then thawed immediately prior to use?
A: That would be fine. I'd double bag it in zip top bags, however, to keep as much moisture in as possible
Q: Where do these bourbon staves come from? I was going to sanitize them in bourbon and would like to match them up accordingly.
A: These staves are cut from a number of different barrel sources in Bourbon County. There is no real way to tell exactly which barrel source will be shipped to us, or shipped back out to you. You can treat the staves with a Whiskey of your choice in addition to the residual flavor left on the staves.
Q: Do I have to worry about these staves being sanitized? Is there enough bourbon in the staves where I shouldn't be concerned with infection?
A: Recommend sanitizing anything that goes in after the boil. No need to soak in sanitizer, but at least long enough for contact.
Q: How long should the staves stay in the beer to get the right flavor?
A: You should take sanitized samples periodically to test the flavor the staves are imparting. Everyone is looking for a different amount of flavor, so it is best to test with a thief and bottle/keg the beer when you have it to your liking.
Q: How long can these be stored in their original packaging before they lose their bourbon flavor?
A: To be honest, I am not sure, never have them around long enough to dry out. If need be could always soak in bourbon.
Q: I would like to infuse cigars by placing staves in a humidor, instead of investing in a whole barrel. Do the staves retain a relatively pungent aroma?
A: These do have an aroma, but this will dissipate over time. These are meant for brewing purposes, I'm not sure that they will be adequate for your application.
Q: If I am making a 5 gallon batch, will 2 staves be enough?
A: 2 staves will be plenty for a 5 gallon batch.