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Old 03-02-2017, 11:02 AM   #21
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I can't compare to a flex tank, as I don't have one.

My barrels are all 23L. They are pretty easy to maintain, as long as you keep them full. When I rack a wine out of a barrel, the barrel gets a hot water rinse, then the next wine goes in. Easy, peasy.
Do you soak it in k-meta solution or anything like that? (pre-first use, or between usage?)

Obviously, I can't have a barrel until I purchase a new house (between houses now)
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I agree with Jim, no problem at all. Only difference for me is that after rinsing I will add a Kmeta/Citric Acid solution and let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse again. Once you get a new barrel broken in and any leaks sealed, just keep producing enough wine to always have wine in them and they are no harder than dealing with carboys. Just top up every two weeks as a new barrels will eat wine. Then add a 1/4 tsp of kmeta a month.

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I have 4 23L Vadai's

Started with just one LOL

After the last one was well neutral I did a good old fashioned barrel deep sanitization on all of them with a mixture of citric acid and sulfite. Let stand for a week, drain, rinse well, and they were back to good as new condition with the exception of all those stains and being neutral!
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I have 4 23L Vadai's

Started with just one LOL

After the last one was well neutral I did a good old fashioned barrel deep sanitization on all of them with a mixture of citric acid and sulfite. Let stand for a week, drain, rinse well, and they were back to good as new condition with the exception of all those stains and being neutral!
I just did that with two of mine and will be doing it on the 3rd when the next wine comes out. The winery where I get my grapes offers a power washing service that I may take advantage of at some point.
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If they offered a genuine "steam cleaning" I would be all over that "like white on rice" as they say.

I just used a hose end sprayer set to a high tight spray and blasted mine as best I could.

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