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Barrels come with Galvanized or Black Steel Hoops
Hobby BarrelsBlack Steel Hoop Hobby BarrelsHand crafted premium American white oak barrels

These smaller barrels are crafted to be just as sturdy as our full size Bourbon barrels. These barrels have 6 hoops and are great for aging your favorite distilled spirits, or home brew. Use them to make hot sauce or specialty vintager. Available with Galvanized Steel, or Black Steel Hoops. They come in 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 liter sizes.  Each barrel includes a stand, spigot, and bung. Barrels have a medium char. We also  offer a 10 gallon barrel, pictured at the bottom of this page.

1L-GA- 5 Liter  Galvanized Steel Hoops
1L-BK - 5 Liter  Black Hoops

Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 4.5" inches
Size: 1 liter (approx)
Weight: 2 lbs.
Toast: Medium
Bands: 6 bands
Accessories: Stand, Bung, Spigot
1 liter barrel1 Liter barrel with steel or black hoops

$52.95  Plus $14.00  shipping

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2L-GA- 5 Liter  Galvanized Steel Hoops  
2L-BK - 5 Liter  Black Hoops

Dimensions: 7.5" x 5" x 5" inches
Size: 2 liter (approx)
Weight: 3 lbs.
Toast: Medium
Bands: 6 bands
Accessories: Stand, Bung, Spigot
2 liter barrel2 Liter barrel with steel or black hoops

$62.95  Plus $16.00  shipping

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5L-GA- 5 Liter  Galvanized Steel Hoops  
5L-BK - 5 Liter  Black Hoops

Dimensions: 9.5" x 6.5" x 6.5" inches
Size: 5 liter (approx)
Weight: 6 lbs.
Toast: Medium
Bands: 6 bands
Accessories: Stand, Bung, Spigot
10 Liter Barrel5 Liter barrel with steel or black hoops

  Plus $18.00  shipping

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10L-GA - 10 Liter  Galvanized Steel Hoops
10L-BK - 10 Liter  Black Hoops

Dimensions: 12" x 8" x 8" inches
Size: 10 liter (approx) 2.5 gallons
Weight: 9 lbs.
Toast: Medium
Bands: 6 bands
Accessories: Cradle Stand, Bung, Spigot
10 Liter Barrel10 Liter barrel with steel or black hoops

$122.95  Plus $20.00  shipping

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20L-GA - 20 Liter  Galvanized Steel Hoops
20L-BK - 20 Liter  Black Hoops

15" x 10.5" x 10.5" inches
Size: 20 liter (approx) 5 gallons
Weight: 19 lbs.
Toast: Medium
Bands: 6 bands
Accessories: Stand, Bung, Spigot
20 liter barrel20 Liter/5 gallon barrel with steel or black hoops

$158.95  Plus $28.00  shipping

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10-Gal - 10 Gallon with Black Hoops

16.5" x 14" x 14" inches
Size: 45 liter (approx) 10 gallons
Weight 38 lbs.
Toast: Medium
Bands: 4 hoops
10 gallon barrel10 gallon barrel with 4 black steel hoops


Plus $35.00  

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Barrel Stands Bungs
1-5 Liter Stands   $9.95   plus shipping 1-5 Liter Bung    $4.00   plus shipping
10-20 Liter Stand  $11.95   plus shipping 10-20 Liter Bung   $4.00   plus shipping
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I cure the barrel? Barrels should be cured prior to use. Start by filling the barrel with  hot water and leave it to soak for a day. This allows the barrel to swell tightly against the hoops and ensure that the barrel doesn't leak.

Are glues or nails used to make the barrel? No, our barrels are all hand crafted with no use of glues or nails.
How should the barrel be stored? Barrels are best stored in a cool damp environment such as a wine cellar. This will keep the exterior from drying out and minimize evaporation (Angels Share).

How many times can I use my barrel? With proper care, you can use your barrel for 8 to 10 years. Following the cleaning and re-charing instructions will insure a long life for your product and be sure to not let your barrel dry out.

I left my barrel dry for an extended time. Now it leaks... what do I do? In many cases just re-cure the barrel. If it continues leaking, submerge the barrel in water for a couple of days. After it's been submerged, dry the exterior with a towel and fill it with water to see if it continues to leak. If so, find the leak and apply barrel wax to the hole...  You may have to tap the hoops in toward the center of the barrel to tighten up the staves, this should stop the leek. If you can't stop the leaking... cut in half and use as a planter!

Cleaning your barrel

How often do I clean my barrel?
When aging hard spirits such as whiskey, rum or tequila, clean the barrel after two or three batches (or every 1 to 2 years). For wine, cider, liquor or other low alcohol content spirits, clean after each batch.

How do I clean  my barrel?
1) Dissolve the Barrel-Kleen into warm water. Fill the barrel with this cleaning solution and soak for 24 hours. Empty and rinse 3 times with hot water.

2) Dissolve the Neutralizing Acid into warm water. Fill the barrel with this neutralizing solution and soak for 15 minutes. Empty and rinse the barrel 3 times with hot water.

3) To re-char the barrel interior, drain the barrel for 3 hours. Place a butane torch in the bung and spigot hole and re-char the inside.

To prevent the barrel from drying out and minimize the possibility of contamination, barrels should always be stored full with spirits or water with sterilizing solution.

***See cleaning package directions for exact mixture quantities.

How do I store my barrel? When storing the barrel fill the barrel with a mixture of sterilizing tablets and cool water. Fill the barrel with the solution and leave in a cool damp place until you are ready to use again.

Aging spirits
How long do I age my spirits? There's no formula for the perfect time to age your spirits. Age to taste! We suggest you taste your spirits every week and once aged to YOUR taste, start drinking or move it to a glass bottle to stop the aging process.
Do smaller barrels age the spirit faster than large barrels?
Yes... due to the greater surface or contact area ratio, small size barrels will age 5 to 10 times faster then your standard 55 gallon barrel. These means that one month in a small barrel will produce the equivalent aging to 1 to 1 1/2 years in a full size barrel.

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