WE RECYCLE 59-GALLON USED WINE BARRELS FROM CALIFORNIA INTO BEAUTIFUL RAIN BARRELS!
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- The most eco-friendly way to preserve Minnesota rain water for your garden and pets!
- Includes Barrel, Brass Faucet, Steel Overflow Pipe, and a custom top fit your downspout perfectly!
- $194 per barrel
- Rain Barrels should be kept from freezing in the winter! Drain them and bring inside if necessary. If not, drain them and leave outside.
HOW TO SEAL/RESEAL A LEAKING OAK WINE BARREL
Before using the barrel please check your barrel for leaks. It is normal for the oak wood to dry and shrink during shipment. You can seal the barrel by filling it with cold water and allowing the barrel to sit a couple of days. When filled with water the oak wood should expand in a time period of 2-4 days sealing all leaks.
NOTE: SPRING PREPARATION FOR YOUR BARREL
If you are going to store the barrel for prolong periods of time, fill the barrel with ¼ of its capacity with water. This will avoid shrinking which causes leaks and hoops to fall off. You will need to rehydrate your barrels in the spring. Any questions, just ask us at Sela Gutter.
TIP: REHYDRATING YOUR BARREL
To faster seal the barrel fill it to ¼ its capacity with water and place the barrel in an upright position with the spigot (faucet) pointing upward, allowing the bottom panel to leak and start sealing first.
After 12 hours rotate the barrel so the faucet panel is at the bottom and so on until the barrel stops leaking.
Keep refilling the barrel if water level lowers.
If one side seals off before the other stop rotating the barrel keeping the leaking side at the bottom until it also seals.
THE HISTORY OF THE WINE BARREL
In the 13th century the Celts arrived in Burgundy, France. They specialized in working with all the materials of the day which included wood, stone, iron, and clay. After much experimenting with wood they realized that it could be bent using steam and heat.
The Celts then took this idea and used it in building wooden containers. It was a vast improvement on anything else which they were using. Wood is much lighter than other materials and can be fit to any size. With this came the evolution of the wooden wine barrel. Oak wine barrels are made by a 'cooper'. This word originates from the Latin word "cupa", or vat.
History states that during Napoleon's reign over France he planted a number of beautiful oak forests. This had actually been done to ensure that there would always be enough timber to build boats. Over the years, boats began to be made out of other, stronger materials and the oak forests were no longer needed for timber. Through experimentation wine makers found that aging their wines in French oak enhanced the wine with additions of vanilla and other overtones.
Cooper's now are usually only in charge of constructing the barrel. French oak is argued by most as the superior oak in wine making, better than American and English oak. It is also at least twice the price. The French experts will also match the oak from particular forests with wines in order to produce the best product.
A wine barrel is made up of staves, which run vertically throughout the barrel, molding it into a cylinder. These are held in place by hoops or rings, usually made of galvanized steel. Depending on the type of barrel there are 6-8 hoops. Most wine barrels weigh approximately 100-110 pounds.
Dimensions vary from barrel to barrel - a result of their being hand crafted. The most common types of oak barrel are the Bordeaux Barrel and the Burgundy Barrel.
TYPES OF WOOD USED FOR WINE BARRELS
The best barrels in the world come from the famed forests of France. There are 5 major forests the white oak comes from and you may even see the forest stamped on the barrel. They are Allier, Nevers, Limousin, Trancais and Vosges. Each forest imparts certain characteristics into the wood.
SELECTION AND PREPARATION OF THE WOOD
Cooperage experts hand select the best oak wood for use in the manufacturing of wine barrels and casks. This selection is extremely important because it essentially determines the quality of the finished product. Wood is selected based on many criteria, including tree shape and growing conditions. These factors determine the textural variety of wood fibers, the fineness of grain and tannin content. Tight grain and fine tannin content are found only in the best wood.
Most cooperages tend to make wine barrels from white oak. The large thick rays of the wood give white oak extra toughness and bend ability, while making it relatively stable during dry shrinkage and wet swelling.
Logs must be hand split to preserve wood grain without breaking veins. The logs are then quartered to obtain the wood used for the barrel staves. After splitting and planing, the stave wood is stored in tiers and exposed to air and water as the wood is naturally aged by weather. Through exposure to the elements, the wood is purged of impurities, undesirable odors and harsher tannins which might overpower the flavor of the wine. This aging process takes several years.
After aging, the stave lumber is cut to proper length, tapered at each end, beveled, planed on the outside and slightly hollowed on the inside. After being inspected, they are given to the cooper for assembly.