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rodo

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I thank you very much for posting this. He only had two and I got both of them.:try
My sister and brother in law live a little less than an hour from him and can pick them up this week and will bring them to me over the weekend.

It was funny earlier in the day I had been thinking about how I needed to find something in the 15-20 gallon range before juice season this fall.

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They are waxed inside so I highly doubt you are going to get any oak flavor out of them at all or micro-oxygenation either as they are sealed. They will look nice though and you can still add oak to them.
 

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They are waxed inside so I highly doubt you are going to get any oak flavor out of them at all or micro-oxygenation either as they are sealed. They will look nice though and you can still add oak to them.
Thats OK, I want to use them for whites just as he was.
 

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OK, good! Was hoping you didnt miss that statement about being waxed.
 

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Good im glad that someone on here will get good use out of them! I've got a couple years before i could use something that size. for now i think the five gal bb will suit my needs.
 

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These barrels have been sitting with water in them for two weeks rehydrating/soaking even though they quit leaking after a couple of days.

Today I thought I would empty and rinse them out. Once empty I was looking in the bung with a flashlight, not quite sure what I was seeing and while the smell wasn't bad it wasn't great either.

After a little thought I decided it probably would not be that difficult to remove an end to check things out.

I tacked a board to the end so it could be removed in one piece.

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Loosened and removed the hoops from one end and the end came right out.

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Much of the wax had started to separate but at least there wasn't anything growing in there.
I decided as long as I was this far I'd just scrape the wax and a little wood from the inside.

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Here is what it looked like when I was done

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To Be Continued.....
 

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I tried to find a pictorial standard of toasts but couldn't

I wanted a light toast as white wines are the plan.

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I think the flash made this look lighter than it actually is.

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I left the wax on the ends adn used the torch to remelt it (this is a before picture)

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and finally to its new home.
I removed the end from the other and will tackle it next week.
 

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You are a daring soul. It looks great now. I hope you get the end back on with the hoops and it doesn't leak. Good luck and let us know how it all turns out. Best wishes!
 

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Rod it looks great! You do awesome work.
 

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You are a daring soul. It looks great now. I hope you get the end back on with the hoops and it doesn't leak. Good luck and let us know how it all turns out. Best wishes!
Yesterday I finished barrel #2 it had 1 small leak on 1 end and was all dry this morning.

I just filled barrel #1 it has a slightly bigger leak on 1 end which I sort of expected as it has been drying out since last week. Im sure it will stop soon it's barley dripping.
 

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Photo of seepage on barrel #1 it's slowing down fast.

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