- Aug 1, 2016
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You are correct, but it's still a great value even for the 23L barrels. If you leave each wine in for a month more than the one before (which lots of us do), by the time your barrel is neutral (+/- 2 years), you will have run six batches of wine through them, or a total of 180 bottles. That only costs you $1 per bottle, and you still have a great barrel that will last for many years to come and will provide micro oxygenation and concentration to boot. They're great for kits and improve them substantially, IMHO.The folks really getting a price premium are those of us who get the 23L barrels, everything above that has moderate price increases for much greater capacities. I get that there is a basic cost in the fabrication and that the size is less of a factor, and maybe even easier to make as you go bigger. We each have our own needs and preferences and comfort level of value/price to get them.