Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

A spot to talk general homebrew
Post Reply
BiersalBrewery
Registered User
Registered User
Posts: 37
Joined: Thu May 17, 2018 12:18 am
Name: Chris
Contact:

Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by BiersalBrewery » Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:17 pm

for aging beer? I'm looking for a good website or maybe a cooperage close to Nova Scotia. I'm just looking for 2-5 liter sizes.
Last Beer Made And Drinking: Wheat Me In St. Louis. American Wheat Ale
Bottled And Carbonating: Hoptimus Prime. American IPA
Fermenting: Raspberry Beret. Raspberry Wheat Ale. Pink Panther Shandy.
Future Brews:
White Of The Living Dead Belgian Witbier.
White Juan White IPA.
Meesh Blonde Ale
SMaSH The Lemons. Lemondrop SMaSH Saison

User avatar
oceanic_brew
Verified User
Verified User
Posts: 497
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:14 pm
Name: Glen O'Keefe

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by oceanic_brew » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:47 am

I bought a 40L barrel from these guys

https://bochart.ca/product/oak-barrels-5l/

Great customer service, and good prices, shipping was swift.

I definitely would not go smaller than 20l, beyond the ridiculous amount of surface area of oak hitting whatever youre putting in there, after 3-4 uses you end up long aging stuff in there and it’s really nice when I get 40 L of Flanders Red at a time every year!




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
mckay75
Award Winner 6
Award Winner 6
Posts: 619
Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:36 pm
Name: Mark
Location: Truro
Contact:

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by mckay75 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:05 am

You could try New World Foeders...Jordan could likely build something for you (shouldn't say likely...he definitely could...he does amazing work!)

https://www.instagram.com/nwfoeders/?hl=en

BiersalBrewery
Registered User
Registered User
Posts: 37
Joined: Thu May 17, 2018 12:18 am
Name: Chris
Contact:

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by BiersalBrewery » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:26 pm

was he the guy that worked for DME before the layoffs? I read his article not to long ago if it was him.
Last Beer Made And Drinking: Wheat Me In St. Louis. American Wheat Ale
Bottled And Carbonating: Hoptimus Prime. American IPA
Fermenting: Raspberry Beret. Raspberry Wheat Ale. Pink Panther Shandy.
Future Brews:
White Of The Living Dead Belgian Witbier.
White Juan White IPA.
Meesh Blonde Ale
SMaSH The Lemons. Lemondrop SMaSH Saison

User avatar
mckay75
Award Winner 6
Award Winner 6
Posts: 619
Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:36 pm
Name: Mark
Location: Truro
Contact:

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by mckay75 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:52 pm

BiersalBrewery wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:26 pm
was he the guy that worked for DME before the layoffs? I read his article not to long ago if it was him.
yes that's him

User avatar
oceanic_brew
Verified User
Verified User
Posts: 497
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:14 pm
Name: Glen O'Keefe

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by oceanic_brew » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:13 pm

I’m considering reaching out to him to get a couple 15 barrels for the brewery. I’ll have to ask about putting beer in a Virgin foedre. I don’t think the surface area to volume ratio would be an issue on this but I don’t know.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
CartoonCod
Award Winner 1
Award Winner 1
Posts: 761
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:39 am
Name: Adam Comeau
Location: Halifax

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by CartoonCod » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:15 pm

I second the warning about barrels with small volumes under 20 L. I have a 5 L barrel that I tried using and I was loosing about 10-20% of volume per month. At first I was topping it up weekly but after two or three months it tasted horrible and I gave up on it. Too much oxygen. I had thought about coating the outside with parafin wax to slow down the evaporation but never got around to doing it. I’m convinced you get enough oxygen diffusion through plastic air locks even with a glass carboy if you are looking to get similar oxygenation as larger barrels. And if I want an oak flavour or a medium to transfer bacteria for sour beers I put a few oak cubes in there.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
mckay75
Award Winner 6
Award Winner 6
Posts: 619
Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:36 pm
Name: Mark
Location: Truro
Contact:

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by mckay75 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:20 pm

BiersalBrewery wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:17 pm
for aging beer? I'm looking for a good website or maybe a cooperage close to Nova Scotia. I'm just looking for 2-5 liter sizes.
Totally missed the part of your post about 2 - 5 L sizes. You would be better off aging on oak cubes at that size.

BiersalBrewery
Registered User
Registered User
Posts: 37
Joined: Thu May 17, 2018 12:18 am
Name: Chris
Contact:

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by BiersalBrewery » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:29 pm

not looking for the oak flavours I want to play with a bunch of options like scotch wine bourbon rum liquors etc.
Last Beer Made And Drinking: Wheat Me In St. Louis. American Wheat Ale
Bottled And Carbonating: Hoptimus Prime. American IPA
Fermenting: Raspberry Beret. Raspberry Wheat Ale. Pink Panther Shandy.
Future Brews:
White Of The Living Dead Belgian Witbier.
White Juan White IPA.
Meesh Blonde Ale
SMaSH The Lemons. Lemondrop SMaSH Saison

User avatar
Broob
Verified User
Verified User
Posts: 605
Joined: Wed May 01, 2013 11:48 pm
Name: Steve M
Location: Dartmouth, NS

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by Broob » Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:40 pm

BiersalBrewery wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:29 pm
not looking for the oak flavours I want to play with a bunch of options like scotch wine bourbon rum liquors etc.
But you know what's better than 2-5 L of Scotch? 40 L of scotch!
Red Five Brewery
Anchorhead Steam
Boba Fest
Carbonate ChAmber Ale
Chewbocka
Darklighter Stout
Episode V - ESB
Hoth 45
Ryewalker IPA

User avatar
oceanic_brew
Verified User
Verified User
Posts: 497
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:14 pm
Name: Glen O'Keefe

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by oceanic_brew » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:45 pm

Hahahha I could think of some reasons why me having 40l of scotch would be bad.. very very bad


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

RossBee
Verified User
Verified User
Posts: 516
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:36 pm
Name: Steffen Rosswog
Location: Baie Verte, NB

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by RossBee » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:38 pm

Glenora sells 180 litre barrels every once in a while, had great success if you're looking for oak. If you haven't realized it yet, wood is hard to deal with, evaporation, absorption, one time use, infection, etc.. Use a carboy and some oak chips you will be better off in the long run.
Why brew beer I can buy?

User avatar
wcturnedec
Award Winner 1
Award Winner 1
Posts: 377
Joined: Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:44 am
Name: Cam
Location: Armdale

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by wcturnedec » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:34 pm

BiersalBrewery wrote:not looking for the oak flavours I want to play with a bunch of options like scotch wine bourbon rum liquors etc.
You’d be better off blending in those flavours than attempting to pull them out of oak barrels, especially at the volume you are looking at. For example if I want to mimic some wine characteristics in a Saison I’d just blend it with some good wine, that’s the beauty of homebrewing!!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
On tap: Faux Schwarzbier, Scotian Dubbel, Cran-Orange Berliner, Dunkles Bock
Fermenting: Weizenbock (1G), Horchata Stout, Bitter
Coming up: Saison, American Barleywine II
Bottled: RIS, American Barleywine, Brett Pils, Brett Table Beer
Souring: Golden Sour, Sour Wheat, Sour Saison, Sour Red

User avatar
oceanic_brew
Verified User
Verified User
Posts: 497
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:14 pm
Name: Glen O'Keefe

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by oceanic_brew » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:32 am

yeah a barrel is quite a bit of maintenance for sure. Just getting it to seal in the beginning can be a process. This is why you shouldn’t waste time on the small barrels, that’s too far one way on the novelty spectrum for me. But it’s a great learning process and you get to learn a lot about how the barrel contributes to the beers flavor overtime.

If I were just buying a barrel for the oak character it would seem like overkill. However, just recently I had some friends over and I poured a sample of everything that I’ve sent through the barrel over the last 18 months. It was a great experience knowing that all those batches were connected in some way and even more so when the barrel was turned over to the souring bugs. Right now I have this barrel of a delicious blend of various organisms that keep churning out deliciousness.

Probably has been one of the most satisfying parts of homebrewing for me. Somewhat achievable from oak spirals I’m sure. Both make good conversation evidently.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
CPR
Registered User
Registered User
Posts: 124
Joined: Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:27 pm
Name: Christopher Reynolds

Re: Does Anyone Know Where To Buy Barrels

Post by CPR » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:33 pm

I got a 50L from Winemakeri out in Sackville a few years ago. Was $$$ but a great way to start experiementing with barrel-ferm/ageing. http://www.winemakeri.com/

Post Reply

Return to “General Homebrew Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests