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Reservoir Distilling Drained Bourbon Barrels – Limited Supply via William’s Brewing

From William’s Brewing: “Have you ever wanted to make a true bourbon barrel stout, or an oak aged barleywine? We now have 5 gallon American Oak bourbon barrels from Reservoir Distilling in Virginia. These are once used barrels which have stored Reservoir’s premium craft bourbon for at least 2 years before being drained on December 3rd. These impart a deep whisky/bourbon-oak flavor and are perfect for aging your strong ales, and also ideal for sour ales. Barrels are crafted in the USA from oak grown in Virginia. A wood stand is optional. 13.5″ wide, 17.5″ long, 17.5″ tall with optional stand. Very limited supply.”

Drained 5 Gallon Reservoir Bourbon Barrel

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The Last Balcones Barrels

From William’s Brewing: “We have just received the last of the Balcones Drained Whiskey Barrels in 5 gallon size. These contained their Rumble Rum Blend from up until 2016, and then their Malt Whiskey from 2016 on, until being dumped on Monday, December 3rd, 2018.  Make your own Whiskey Barrel Stout or Whiskey Barrel Porter. Now in stock for a limited time”

I read this as these are the last 5 gallon Balcones barrels ever.  I had heard they were going to discontinue using this very popular size (from a  homebrewers perspective) a while back but had been hoping the information was wrong.

From a tip I received in late 2016…. “Balcones is stepping up to full size barrels , so these smaller 5 gallon barrels will be going away next year”

They’ve appeared on Homebrew Finds many times over the years from various retailers and have been insanely popular.  If you’ve been considering one of these, now’s the time.

Drained 5 Gallon Balcones Whiskey Barrel

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20% Off Pop Chart Lab Posters – Beer, Wine, Whiskey and More

Pop Lab Chart makes some pretty awesome posters including the very, very many varieties of beer and lots more.

As of this posting, Pop Chart is discounting their entire site by 20% as part of a New Year Sale.  No coupon code is required.  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 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

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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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Freshly Dumped Balcones Distilling French Oak 5 Gallon Whisky Barrels – $135.99 + 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 if this posting, Lion Brewing Solutions has a slew of items on sale.  This is included in the mix and is on sale for $135.99.  Shipping is also free to select US addresses.  Canada and International shipping options are available.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

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

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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

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Black Friday Sale – 25% Off Pop Chart Lab Posters – Beer, Wine, Whiskey and More

Pop Lab Chart makes some pretty awesome posters including the very, very many varieties of beer and lots more.

As of this posting, coupon code BF25 takes 25% off Pop Chart Labs site wide as part of their Black Friday Sale. Check site for current availability

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Distilling Starter Kits and Equipment – Cyber Monday Deals

Adventures in Homebrewing’s Has launched their Cyber Monday Sale.  The lineup includes a number of distilling options ranging from starter setups to air stills to alembic pot stills and more.

Check it out – Cy-Beer Monday at AIH!

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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 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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