DetailsThere’s no better way to up your game and improve your brewing than with the addition of an oak barrel!
In barrel aging, your wine or beer is utterly transformed, both as it soaks up the wood’s flavors and aromas ranging from vanilla, toast, smoke, spice, clove, cinnamon, coconut, honey—and more—and as it undergoes the slow process of micro-oxygenation.
This is the chemical reaction that happens when an infinitesimal amount of air enters the barrel through the wood structure (which is tight but porous). The oxygen binds to polyphenols, reducing tannins and softening your brew. Oak aging also stabilizes color as tannins bind to anthocyanins, ensuring that they stay in solution rather than falling out over time.
The benefits of using a small barrel are as big as the barrel is tiny:
- 5 litres is 1.3 gallons-you can experiment with small batches rather than committing to five or six gallons at a time
- Small barrels have a lot of surface area compared to their volume: you’ll get results in only weeks rather than the year you have to wait with big barrels.
- They’re easy to move, store and handle: a standard 55 gallon barrel weighs over 500 pounds when full and needs dedicated racking and pumps to use. You can easily put this up on a shelf and rack using a simple siphon rod!
- 5 Liter Black Banded Varnished Barrel (10" long x 8.5"diameter).
- Citric Acid 2 oz.
- Potassium Metabisulfite 2 oz.
- Small Batch Barrel Aging Kit Instructions
- Details & Instructions
5.0 / 5.03 ReviewsPerfect for Learning and ExperimentationExcellent product! I followed the easy hydration guide (included) and had no leaks or issues. The smaller size is perfect for experimentation and learning the art of barrel finishing. Additionally, the small size is easier for learning proper barrel maintenance. I am currently using my barrel to add much needed oak to my cider. I recommend this product without reservation.January 15, 2019Purchased
5 months agoPerfectGreat gift. Perfect for wine or other spirits.December 23, 2018Purchased
5 months agoNice oak barrel...Purchased this barrel for oak aging my small batch red wines...and some whites... Well constructed and looks great. Have used twice already.. Love it !!!!!November 15, 2017Purchased
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- Customer Q&A
Browse 10 questions Browse 10 questions and 12 answersCan this be used for whiskey?What are the measurements of the Barrel ?BEST ANSWER: The Barrel itself is 10" long by 8.5" in diameterWhen do you use the barrel in the wine and beer making you recess? Is there other equipment needed to make sure his workBEST ANSWER: Hi there,
You would use the barrel after your wine or beer is complete. If you are using it to barrel age beer, you will carbonate it after you are done aging it. All you need is equipment to rack your wine or beer into the barrel. Hope that helps! Cheers!I didn't see anything about how many gallons it holds. I'm assuming 5 gallons?BEST ANSWER: 1.3 gallons is what this small barrel holds. Really a nice addition to my small batch winemaking... Love it !!!!Does the kit include the stand for the barrel to sit on?BEST ANSWER: The stand is included as well as the bung and tap.Will this barrel hold pressure?BEST ANSWER: No, the barrel is only for aging the beer, not carbonating the beer. You will still need to carbonate it after you age it. Cheers!Are the barrels charred inside and if so to what level. I am comparing this to another barrel that says its charred to level 3?BEST ANSWER: Yes the barrel is charred. I have no idea what level it is if that makes any difference what soever.How does the barrel size effect time for aging? Is there a formula?BEST ANSWER: A small barrel speeds it up, as more of the liquid is in contact with the wood of the barrel, compared to a large barrel. I've never seen a simple formula, as most oaking is done "to taste"- so you'd want to check on it occasionally, and stop before it becomes excessive.How many times can this be reused?BEST ANSWER: It can be used many times, but like with any barrel, the amount of oak flavor that is imparted will grow less and less as it's used. How many times would depend on the use, and how long you kept the wine in it at each use.Could I put some branding in then age some beer in like a brown or a poter or a pale ale?