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Total Care Kit Information for Liquor Oak Barrels

Everything you need to clean and maintain your Liquor Mini Oak Barrel is included in this kit.  We encourage the purchase of this kit, if you intend to use your oak barrel to serve and age liquor.

Total Care Kit includes:

1.  Barrel Cleaning Kit -  The kit includes everything you need to clean, neutralize, and sterilize your barrel for re-use or storage.  Included in the kit: 1oz Barrel-Kleen, 1oz Barrel Neutralizing Acid, 2 Campden Sterilizing Tablets.

Instructions:  1) Dissolve the Barrel-Kleen into 1 U.S. gallon of warm water. Fill the barrel with this cleaning solution and soak for 24 hours. Empty and rinse 3 times with hot water.  2) Dissolve the Neutralizing Acid into 1 gallon of warm water. Fill the barrel with this neutralizing solution and soak for 15 minutes. Empty and rinse the barrel 3 times with hot water.  3) To re-char the barrel interior, drain the barrel for 3 hours. Place a butane torch in the bung and spigot hole and re-char the inside.  4) When storing the barrel or prior to re-use, dissolve the 2 sterilizing tablets in 1 gallon of cool water. Fill the barrel with the solution. Swish around for a few minutes and rinse 3 times with hot water.  To prevent the barrel from drying out and minimize the possibility of contamination, barrels should always be stored full with spirits or sterilizing solution.  Barrels left without liquid will dry out!

2.  Liqueur Thickening Formula - Thickens liqueurs and wines and reduces aging times. Our special formula is designed to make your homemade spirits have the "mouthfeel" and taste texture of your well aged ports and liqueurs.  Directions... Dissolve sachet into a 1 liter barrel of homemade liqueur or dessert wine. Allow one hour for the formula to blend with the liqueur before consuming.

3.  Barrel Spigot Brush - Barrel spigots may collect sediment from your wines, beer, and spirits. This can add unwanted flavors to spirits poured through the spigot.  To keep your spigot clean, remove the spigot from the barrel. Insert your spigot cleaning brush through the spigot barrel and twist it around a couple of turns. Remove the nozzle and do the same.  For best results, use a storing tablet cleaning solution. This will insure that no soap resedue will remain in the spigot.

4.  Barrel Wax - As no glue or nails are used when making our barrels, barrels may leak from the head or stave seams or even through the wood. This can happen with any barrel and is a normal part of the barrel aging process. To stop leaks, apply a small amount of Barrel Wax to the leaking area.

5.  20 Storing Tablets - Barrel Storing Tablets are pre-measured doses of sulfites formulated to kill bacteria and inhibit the growth of wild yeast and microbes in the barrel.  When storing or cleaning your barrel between uses, dissolve the appropriate quantity of tablets in water. Pour mixture
in the barrel and fill completely with additional water.  Store in cool damp conditions if possible. Rinse 3x prior to use.  Sanitize your barrel with a Swish Barrel  Cleaning Kit after 2 or 3 uses.

Directions for Tablets:

To store or clean your barrel between uses, dissolve tablets in a glass of water. Pour into barrel and top off with water.

Tablet             Barrel Size

1.......................1-3 Liter
2.......................5 Liter
3.......................10 Liter
5.......................20 Liter 
Empty and rinse barrel 3x prior to use.

 

Detailed Barrel Cleaning Instructions:

1) Dissolve the Barrel-Kleen into 1 U.S. gallon of warm water. Fill the barrel with this cleaning solution and soak for 24 hours. Empty and rinse 3 times with hot water.

2) Dissolve the Neutralizing Acid into 1 gallon of warm water. Fill the barrel with this neutralizing solution and soak for 15 minutes. Empty and rinse the barrel 3 times with hot water.

3) To re-char the barrel interior, drain the barrel for 3 hours. Place a butane torch in the bung and spigot hole and re-char the inside.

4) When storing the barrel or prior to re-use, dissolve the 2 sterilizing tablets in 1 gallon of cool water. Fill the barrel with the solution. Swish around for a few minutes and rinse 3 times with hot water.

To prevent the barrel from drying out and minimize the possibility of contamination, barrels should always be stored full with spirits or sterilizing solution.