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Re-using staves

Postby Lowie » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:14 pm

Sitting here in my shed watching my bubbler make whiskey, the mind wanders...Any reason why we don't reuse staves? After all, bourbon/whiskey barrels get reused. I've got far too many to use up in my weber and barbie. Interested to hear others thoughts :think:
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby Doubleuj » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:24 pm

I reuse my oak many times over...
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby Lowie » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:33 pm

Do you notice any flavour profile changes DJ? or is it same, same? Do you need to leave them to oak longer as they get older? so many questions....
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby Teddysad » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:18 pm

I find a bit of re-char on a bbq hotplate inside aluminium foil brings them back to life very nicely
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby Cadmoon » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:20 pm

Bourbon barrels aren't reused for bourbon, they have to use virgin barrels. The flavour apparently drops off the more you use it but I have no personal experience.
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby Sam. » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:40 pm

A large percentage of the scotch whisky industry use second hand bourbon barrels and they will use them 3 or 4 times
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby wynnum1 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:53 am

Scotch whisky how long does it stay in the barrel to age that is going to be a problem where bourbon uses fresh barrels and then on sell .
What happens to a 24 year old Scotch whisky barrel.
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby Lowie » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:39 am

Teddysad wrote:I find a bit of re-char on a bbq hotplate inside aluminium foil brings them back to life very nicely


Excellent. thanks, I'll give that a go next next time the snags are on!
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby bluc » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:02 pm

wynnum1 wrote:Scotch whisky how long does it stay in the barrel to age that is going to be a problem where bourbon uses fresh barrels and then on sell .
What happens to a 24 year old Scotch whisky barrel.

Still ages awesome but you don't get the colour and flavour. My 10l rum barrel barely colours now but it ages snd smoothes the spirit awesomely :handgestures-thumbupleft: I put oak staves in the spirit in glass colour it up and pull the sugars from the wood then put it in barrel to age..
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby Triangle » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:36 pm

I reuse good oak staves by planeing and then cutting on drop saw to the surface area I want/fits in opening of demijohn. Then in oven as I use it for red so no char.

I work off 60-90cm2/litre of fluid to achieve the same surface area of wine barrel (I err on the side of caution and use lower figure as there's no coming back from over oaking).
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Re: Re-using staves

Postby wynnum1 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:37 am

If you over oak “dilution is the solution to pollution.” would seem to apply try blending to dilute or use in a mixture like one of the milk drink concoctions.
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