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#1 MJRubin20

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 08:21 PM

Once an Oak barrel is emptied, can it be reused the following season? If so, how many years can a barrel be used for?
Interested in starting my own vineyard someday. Any help or advice in the surrounding Connecticut area would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 09:15 PM

Once an Oak barrel is emptied, can it be reused the following season? If so, how many years can a barrel be used for?

You can use it for many years as long as you take care of it, even after it becomes neutral.
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 09:33 PM

You can use it for many years as long as you take care of it, even after it becomes neutral.

I've met some winemakers who only use barrels that are over 10 years old. Keep them sulfured when not full, rehydrate well and you can use them for many years to come.

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 05:14 AM

Once an Oak barrel is emptied, can it be reused the following season? If so, how many years can a barrel be used for?

This might help answer your questions: MoreWine! Oak Barrel Care Guide
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 06:05 AM

Thank you very much for the great responses!!! They were more than what I needed!
Interested in starting my own vineyard someday. Any help or advice in the surrounding Connecticut area would be greatly appreciated!!!




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