I was wondering what all you barrel owners/users do about the bung on your barrel. A few months back, I was in my family room and heard a bung hit the sheet metal duct of my HVAC system in the cellar. I immediately took that wine out of the barrel and put it back into a carboy. Today, I had just moved 12 gallons of Cabernet Sauvignon into the barrels and I was bottling another 6 gallons of that wine when the bung popped off. I got my boring tool and bored out both bungs from the barrels and installed airlocks.
Has anyone had this experience? I have seen barrels in commercial wineries with airlocks but we never used airlocks at home years ago when we made wine in 55 gallon barrels.
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