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Boatboy24

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I have a 5 year old, 23 liter Vadai that I use for kits. It's been great, but my red kit volume has been dropping considerably and I'm not sure I want to go through the trouble of keeping this one up. And I have two others that I use for grape wines that are plenty for keeping up with my volume there. I suppose I could simply keep it full with a KMeta/Citric cocktail in between batches. In the event that I don't, any ideas for how to use an old, small barrel? Obviously, I could cut one end off and use it as a planter. But I figure I'd only get a few years out of it before it rots and would need to be tossed.
 

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It's neutral so keeping the cocktail in it wouldn't take away anything. Give you time to think about it. If you want to loan or sell it I'll have 4 batches coming up that would enjoy some micro/oxy.
 

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Is it neutral? It would cool for grain storage or a side table in the man cave. Or put a bladder and a tap in it for large get togethers. It still has value for sure.
 

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our local LHBS has a wine club and my wife asked to buy one of their old barrels (55gal) so we could make a table out of it. No problem, just got the call and the owner warned me to "hurry and get it so it doesn't dry out". Somehow the signals got crossed, I don't know where he got the idea I made 55 gallon batches......lol......I think all the wine stains add character. Can't wait.........
 

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If you like woodworking, you could try to make cheeseboards out of the heads and, perhaps, curved serving trays out of the staves. I have seen these in the past and they are pretty cool.

Before I do that, however, I would have to be convinced that you do not have any more use of it as a barrel.
 

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I have an old barrel that i removed one head from, keep it in the wine room with a trash bag in it and use it as a trash can, fits in perfectly with the décor. You could also consider taking it apart, planning down the heads and staves, reassemble and have a reconditioned "new" barrel to use as your others wear out. Personally, I'd buy a new one before going through the ordeal, but it's an option..........
 

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