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Step 3 | Storing

Step 3 | Storing

We know that your barrel won't be in constant use.  The most important thing to remember is to keep the barrel hydrated and in contact with liquid.  Storing the barrel short term or long term is very simple, but neglecting the barrel and allowing the staves to dry out could create some leaking issues.  For long-term storage (2+ months), we highly recommend setting a reminder, allowing you to verify the solution has not dissipated beyond 50% capacity.

Included in each barrel purchase are sanitizing tablets, enough for you to make two sanitizing storage solutions.  See the chart below for the proper tablet-to-water ratio.  The tablets will kill existing bacteria and limit the growth of any wild yeast inside the barrel.  

No matter if you plan to store the barrel for 1 day or 1 year, use our sanitizing tablets to safely protect your investment.    


DIRECTIONS (overnight sanitizing):

Step 1:  Using the chart, determine how many sanitizing tablets are required based on the barrel size

Step 2:  In a separate container mix the sanitizing tablets and water, ensuring the tablets are fully dissolved

Step 3:  Insert solution into the barrel

Step 4:  Fill any remaining space inside the barrel with water

Step 5:  Insert bung

Step 6:  Store in a cool area away from sunlight

Step 7:  Let the solution to rest in the barrel for 24 hours

Step 8:  When ready to age your next batch, empty the solution and rinse 3 times with warm water


 DIRECTIONS (long term storage):

Step 1:  Using the chart, determine how many sanitizing tablets are required based on the barrel size

Step 2:  In a separate container mix the sanitizing tablets and water, ensuring the tablets are fully dissolved

Step 3:  Insert solution into the barrel

Step 4:  Fill any remaining space inside the barrel with water

Step 5:  Insert bung

Step 6:  Store in a cool area away from sunlight

Step 7:  After 90 days, repeat steps 1-6

Step 8:  When ready to age your next batch, empty the solution and rinse 3 times with warm water


Barrel Size

TabletsWater

Sanitizing Tablets

1-liter1/2 tablet1-liter
2-liter1 tablet2-liter
3-liter2 tablets3-liter
5-liter3 tablets5-liter
10-liter5 tablets10-liter
20-liter10 tablets20-liter


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