Just received a new 50l Vadai barrel a week ago. Finally had time to prep it tonight for wine. Had a major leak in the barrel head. See attached photos. This is not a beeswax repair as the bubble is drawing in boiling water and filling up the barrel. The head has been covered in boiling water for over an hour now and the leaking head has stayed or gotten worse. Based on what I have seen working with multiple distillers and beer mfgs. that age in barrels, and a confirming phone call, beeswax will not fix this large a leak. Never had a leaker from Vadai. Per instructions from distilling friends, I hammered the hoops down for about 30 minutes, with multiple changes of boiling water, and finally the leak sealed. Probably will have to beeswax as well, but if you have this large a leak, you need to address during the prep as wine will pour out of something this large. Just a piece of advice to help all in future. Thirty minutes of no leaks and I am moving on to the barrel interior.
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