New Barrel & Tap Water Questions
Posted 24 December 2011 - 09:54 AM
Posted 25 December 2011 - 08:00 AM
I've also read that adding a little bentonite to the wine will stop a leak because it will seal from the inside. I've never tried this and if it were mine I'd give the barrel more time to seal on its own. I suppose bentonite would be something to try if someone had a barrel full of wine that had a small leak and they didn't want to rack into a new one.
Search for "Bees Wax" and you may find the solution to the leak.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:30 PM
Posted 26 December 2011 - 03:43 PM
Exchange is an option but you might get it to seal up if you rub a little bees wax around and into the spot where it's leaking. Dry the wet area with a torch or heat gun first then rub the bees wax on with your fingers. Only takes a couple of minutes and is worth a try when you consider the hassle of returning.
Leaks through the croze (then groove in the chime where the head interfaces) are not sealed with wax. The head is sealed in the croze with a paste made from flour and water during assembly. A leak here requires disassembly and inspecting the croze and head for correct fit.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:38 PM
Oddly they didn't want the old barrel back. So now I've got two barrels. I went ahead and burned a sulfur stick in the leaky barrel and sealed it up.
What should I do with this barrel going forward? I figure there is no use in continually rehydrating it and burning sulfur in it to keep it fresh... anyone got any ideas?
Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:59 PM
FYI - Do NOT burn sulfur in a wet barrel. This will create sulfuric acid and potentially ruin the barrel. Let it dry upside down for a few days first.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:37 PM
Some of the things we used to do with old redwood hot tubs were to tap/bang the staves near the leak with rubber mallets, adjust and tighten the hoops, use some nutmeg in the water to backfill the gaps, or just let the water sit and keep swelling until it swells shut. I've seen some pretty big gaps swell shut over time, and it sounds like you have little to lose and could have some fun and stories trying. Go for it!
Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:42 PM
I'll be first in line for a copy.
I was thinking of nailing board to the top of it and using it as a table in my garage.
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