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Small Multipurpose Oak Barrels – Save Time & Space

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William’s Brewing offers smaller barrels in the 1 to 5 liter range.  These offer some distinct advantages vs larger used whiskey barrels.

  1. They are generally in stock.  That’s not always true of 5, 10 and 15 gallon used barrel options.  Availability of those can be touch and go.  It seems more often than not, they are sold out.
  2. Less space.  These are relatively small barrels that don’t require a lot of room for storage.
  3. Lower initial investment.  Prices are currently staring out at just $39.99.
  4. More flavor, faster.  Because of the higher surface to volume ratio, oak flavor is imparted more quickly.
  5. Multi-purpose.  These are small enough that you could age whiskey in them first, commercial or legally produced spirits, see note below and then use them for aging homebrew.  When you’ve wrung every bit of oak flavoring out of these, you could start using them for sour beers.

Barrels at William’s Brewing

About, from William’s Brewing: “When you distill a spirit, it invariably comes out clear as water. Put the clear spirit in contact with charred American oak, and it turns amber and mellow with toasted wood vanilla-like richness. Want to speed up the aging process? These new American Oak Barrels are charred on the inside (Char Level 3) for Whiskey, Bourbon, and Tequila aging. The small surface area compared with commercial 53 gallon barrels means these will age spirits much quicker than larger barrels. Handmade in Mexico following centuries old cooperage methods; the valve is wood and sealed with leather, and the top plug is wood and sealed with a wrap of leather. No plastic, rubber, or glue are used in construction.

Compared with a commercial 53 gallon oak barrel, this Three Liter Barrel will age spirits the equivalent of one year in just 15 weeks. Three liters is the equivalent of four 750ml bottles, and contains 100 one ounce shots. 8” tall with bung and 7½ long.

BARRELS ARE IMPERFECT AND REQUIRE MAINTENANCE – These are wood barrels, and will initially leak unless first filled with water for 14 days so the staves can swell and seal. This may cause minor staining on the barrels and the included wood stands. They must be filled with water within 20 days of receiving or they will dry out and become unsealable, and cannot be left dry for long periods.”

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Note from HBF: Depending on your location, you may need to obtain a license to distill alcohol

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Balcones Distilling Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrels – $122.99 + free shipping to most US addresses

Freshly Dumped 5 Gallon Whisky Barrel - French Oak - Balcones Distilling Waco TX

Freshly Dumped 5 Gallon Whisky Barrel – French Oak – Balcones Distilling Waco TX

As of this posting, Lion Brewing Solutions has a bunch of items on sale as part of their holiday sale.  Choose from used barrels, kegs, Chapman Fermenters, CO2 tanks and more.  Most items ship for free to addresses in the contiguous US.  This barrel is marked down to $122.99.  Check offering page for current availability and pricing.

Freshly Dumped 5 Gallon Whisky Barrel – French Oak – Balcones Distilling Waco TX

Also: Finding Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrels for Your Homebrew

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Northeast Barrel Company Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrels

5 Gallon (20 Liter) Oak Whiskey Barrels for Homebrewing & Brewing Craft Beer, Homebrew, Beer

5 Gallon (20 Liter) Oak Whiskey Barrels for Homebrewing & Brewing Craft Beer, Homebrew, Beer by Northeast Barrel Company


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

5 Gallon freshly dumped whiskey barrels. These are made of American Oak and weigh about 30lbs. They are a definite favorite of home brewers with a 5 gallon system. Many prefer to make stouts, sours, or barleywine with them or to just further age an existing spirit. Dimensions: 12-1/2″ wide at top 17″ tall 14″ wide at bilge (widest part of barrel) *Please note, we source 5 gallon barrels from a few different producers. If you don’t want to use them for aging, they could be used for a wide variety of fun barrel projects including but not limited to: end tables, mail boxes, trash cans, storage and more!


These are selling for $139. Shipping is $19.49 to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Availability of used barrels is generally touch and go.  Check the product page for current description, price and availability.

5 Gallon (20 Liter) Oak Whiskey Barrels for Homebrewing & Brewing Craft Beer, Homebrew, Beer


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2 Pack 8″ Oak Infusion Spirals – $7.88, $3.94 each, Save 25% via Bell’s Brewery

As of this posting, Bell’s Brewery General Store is discounting their entire lineup beer flavorings and spices by a whopping 25% for HBF readers!  Use coupon code spice25 to get the dealCheck Bell’s Brewery General Store for current availability.  NOTE: there are multiple pages of flavorings and spices at the link below.

25% Off Beer Flavorings and Spices at Bell’s Brewery – remember promo code spice25

This sale brings Oak Infusion Spirals down to $7.88 per pack of two for American Light and Medium Toast.  French Light and Medium are also valuable at a higher price.

Flat Rate Shipping: As of this posting Bell’s Brewing General Store is shipping most orders of $50 or more to addresses in the contiguous 48 US states for just $5.  Bell’s has some great prices and availability on hops, malt and extract, kits (including straight from the brewery clone kits) and some gear.  It’s great to see this $5 shipping promotion to go along with their already great offerings!  No coupon code is necessary.

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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More from Bell’s: Sale Items | Hops – Great Prices and Selection

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Beerstix Dominos, French Medium+ add coffee & caramel flavors in 1 month – Save $12, limited availablity

 

Beerstix French Oak Domininos - Medium Plus OAK676

Beerstix French Oak Domininos – Medium Plus via MoreBeer


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Think Stave Segments, evolved. The BeerStix Domininos are 1 1/2″ square segments of oak, milled to give you quick extraction, and full flavor. While similar to conventional stave segments, you will see similar results in a much shorter timeframe, making these much more suitable for beer. This is a 490 g (1 lb) bag of French Oak Domininos, Toasted Medium Plus and sized to oak 100 gallons of Beer. This is the quickest turnaround on a Beer Stix product. At one month extraction, you’ll see a quick integration of rich oak character due to the high surface area of these domininos in contact with your beer.

  • Oak Origin – France, Allier Region
  • Toast Level – Medium Plus
  • Oak Form – Domininos, 490 gram
  • Volume Treated – 100 Gal Beer
  • Extraction Time – 1 Month (see note below)
  • Flavors & Aromas – Coffee, Roasted Toasty aromas, Caramel, Slight Sweetness

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here to see if this is still available.

Beerstix French Oak Domininos – Medium Plus OAK676$86.99 $74.99 + Free Shipping

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25 Count Bulk Pack – Medium Plus French BeerStick

 BeerStix - Medium Plus French Bulk Pack (25 Stix) OAK686B

About, from MoreBeer: “BeerStix Carboy Sticks are one of the simplest and easiest forms of oak to use in beermaking.  Simply add one stick per 5 – 6.5 gallons, and enjoy the results a couple months later.  When it comes to removing the stick, there’s no fumbling around with cubes trying to get them through the neck of a carboy.  These are made with a hole at the top so you can lift the Beer Stix out with fishing line when done.  The Carboy Beer Stix are an awesome addition to the homebrewers aresenal.  Use them to take a recipe to a fun and delicious next level.  Already make an amazing stout, or brown?  These are prime candidates to age with some oak, and enjoy the rich results!

French Oak toasted to a Medium + with the beerstix milling will give your beer toasted roasty aromas reminiscent of coffee, along with some caramel, and a subtle sweetness that gets the whole palate.  Different beer styles will accentuate or mask different flavors from the oak, so expect some variation!  The Beerstix miling gives 60% more surface area compared to the Winestix, speeding up the extraction process, and getting you a beer that has a rich oak character, in less time.  The Beer Stix are also milled thinner than the WineStix, allowing for denser toasting.

  • Oak Origin – France, Allier Region
  • Toast Level – Medium Plus
  • Oak Form – Carboy Stix Bulk Pack (25)
  • Volume Treated – 6 gal beer each
  • Extraction Time – 2 Months (see note below)
  • Flavors & Aromas – Coffee, Roasted Toasty aromas, Caramel, Slight Sweetness

As of this posting, MoreBeer has these on sale for just $69.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Price, promotions and availability can change quickly.  Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

BeerStix – Medium Plus French Bulk Pack (25 Stix) OAK686B

MoreDeals! at MoreBeer:
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Balcones Distilling Used 5 Gallon French Oak Whiskey Barrels – on sale for $115

Used 5 Gallon French Oak Whiskey Barrel

Used 5 Gallon French Oak Whiskey Barrel

About, from AIH: “Take your next brew to the next level with this Used 5 Gallon French Oak Whiskey Barrel! Hailing from an award-winning small-batch distillery in Waco, TX, these oak barrels are constructed of French oak will add a tremendous level of depth and complexity to your next batch, creating some truly unique, amazing flavors. Barrel is slimmer, and straighter on the side and comes with bung.

Used barrels may have cracked staves from their previous use. This is completely normal in a used barrel and does not compromise the integrity of the barrel. When they swell from the liquid being in them, they will form small cracks. If you prefer a barrel with no cracks, you please check out our new barrels.”

As of this posting, these are marked down 23% to $115. Availability of used whiskey barrels can be tricky… Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Used 5 Gallon French Oak Whiskey Barrel

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Used Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Staves – $3.99

Sliced Bourbon Barrel Staves 2 ct.

Used Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Staves via Adventures in Homebrewing.

Used whiskey barrels are popular… really popular.  5 and 10 gallon barrels usually sell out quickly when they become available.  They are also typically relatively expensive.  These are a great way to get some of the barrel experience without the cost and space required for a barrel.

from AIH…”These sliced staves do vary in size. They are anywhere from 1/2”- 1″ wide, 1/8″-1/4″ thick and 8-13″ in length. Please keep this in mind when purchasing. Many commercial chips have allowed moisture (bourbon) to dry up. This is not the case with these sliced staves. These staves have been processed from authentic Kentucky bourbon barrels.”

As of this posting, these are available for $3.99.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Sliced Bourbon Barrel Staves | Also: See AIH’s Sale Items

RelatedWood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide – via Amazon | Porter’s and Stouts – at More Beer, at AIH [All Grain, Extract], at William’s Brewing [English Beers]

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Used 5 Gallon French Oak Whiskey Barrel – $115, Save 23%

Used 5 Gallon French Oak Whiskey Barrel

Used 5 Gallon French Oak Whiskey Barrel

About, from AHS: “A great way to infuse your next batch with some serious flavor! Age your next batch in some serious style with this Used 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel! From an award winning small batch distillery deep in the heart of Texas (Waco, TX), this barrel is constructed of french oak providing an even deeper, more complex flavor to your next batch than American oak barrel. This barrel is also features a unique design, with a straighter, slimmer profile and comes with a a bung.”

As of this posting, these are marked down 23% to $115. Availability of used whiskey barrels can be tricky… Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

French Oak Used Whiskey Barrel – 5 Gallon

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3 Liter Barrel from William’s Brewing on sale for $49.99

3l barrel3 liter American Oak Barrels via William’s Brewing.

About: “When you distill a spirit, it invariably comes out clear as water. Put the clear spirit in contact with charred American oak, and it turns amber and mellow with toasted wood vanilla-like richness. Want to speed up the aging process? These new American Oak Barrels are charred on the inside (Char Level 3) for Whiskey, Bourbon, and Tequila aging. The small surface area compared with commercial 53 gallon barrels means these will age spirits much quicker than larger barrels. Handmade in Mexico following centuries old cooperage methods; the valve is wood and sealed with leather, and the top plug is wood and sealed with a wrap of leather. No plastic, rubber, or glue are used in construction.

Compared with a commercial 53 gallon oak barrel, this Three Liter Barrel will age spirits the equivalent of one year in just 15 weeks. Three liters is the equivalent of four 750ml bottles, and contains 100 one ounce shots. 8” tall with bung and 7½ long.

BARRELS ARE IMPERFECT AND REQUIRE MAINTENANCE – These are wood barrels, and will initially leak unless first filled with water for 14 days so the staves can swell and seal. This may cause minor staining on the barrels and the included wood stands. They must be filled with water within 20 days of receiving or they will dry out and become unsealable, and cannot be left dry for long periods.”

Dual purpose: Once you mature your whiskey you know have a used whiskey barrel you can use to age a barrel stout or other homebrew.

William’s Brewing announced a sale on this barrel via email, it sold out before I had the chance to put up a post.  As of this posting, this is back in stock and marked down to $49.99.  Check William’s Brewing for current price and availability.

3 Liter American Oak Barrel

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Visit William’s Brewing – Web Only Clearance Sale

More: Recent William’s Brewing Finds

Note from HBF: Depending on your location, you may need to obtain a license to distill alcohol