Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by varocketry » Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:01 am

JUst got off the phone with Jay GIBBS, they have 5 gallon and 10 gallon stock to move.

5 Gallon $155
10 Gall $195

Brand new. Char 3+ , Jay said they don't char the heads.

He also said they have 5 & 10 kegs available.
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by dieselduo » Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:24 pm

any idea how much shipping would be on them ?

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Post by varocketry » Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:11 pm

I'll tell you real soon.
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Post by Oldvine Zin » Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:28 pm

good choice :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Post by BoomTown » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:10 am

Glad to see this interest in the Gibbs Cooperage products, the simply do a superb job providing barrels to small volume distillers.

Here is another thought for folks interested, but concerned about the high cost of using wooden barrels.

At my home, before going commercial, I bought several Fuji Cans (google Fuji cans for background) These rugged, light weight Stainless Steel containers come in various sizes, small as like, 3L, 5L all the way up in various sizes to 100L. We used them as catch cans in the distillery for spirit runs and beer runs. After we closed the distillery, we had about 40L of white that we didn't have a new oak barrel for, so I put it into a 50L Fuji can, and dropped in what I calculated would be enough charred oak sticks to make it work like a glass bottle with oak sticks in it. That was last July. The can now contains some excellent whiskey. I mean great color, excellent mouth feel, outstanding taste character. I wasn't happy with the eye test, as it appears the the Angle do suck away any heads that may have made it through the cuts process in wooden barrels, and because the SS Fuji is air tight, there was no loss the the Angles. I dealt with that by putting the can on a electric hot plate, and heating it to 160F, and holding that temp for about an hour. Then recapped the can and set it outside. This morning, with the temp back to 60F, the whiskey passed the eye test just fine.

Several other great things about the Fuji; they come with a SS tap built in, and can be reused for ever with no loss in quality. Oh, and one more thing, they have great built in handles, making them easy to handle and store, and since there is no angle share, there is no smell of evaporating alcohol either. Great for apartment dwellers, and home owners that keep their product in home.

You can get a lot more storage per dollar using Fuji's than Oak barrels too. A 20L Fuji can cost less than $140 delivered to your door.

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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by dieselduo » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:58 am

where do you get fuji cans ? a search didn't come up with anything. Thanks

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Post by BoomTown » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:14 am

dieselduo wrote:where do you get fuji cans ? a search didn't come up with anything. Thanks
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I'm sure there are other places, check with Olive Oil Container sources, and product suppliers.

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Post by BoomTown » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:21 am

dieselduo wrote:where do you get fuji cans ? a search didn't come up with anything. Thanks
we bought several from these people, very nice people too...

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Post by still_stirrin » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:26 am

Sweet.....thanks Boom.
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by cuginosgrizzo » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:28 am

Those are Fusti, non Fuji. :mrgreen:

I used a 50L one to make the boiler for my pot still

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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by BoomTown » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:35 am

cuginosgrizzo wrote:Those are Fusti, non Fuji. :mrgreen:

I used a 50L one to make the boiler for my pot still
Right, Fusti, not Fuji, my dyslexia biting my a_s again. Sorry. I used a 25L as a pot still for years.
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Post by dieselduo » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:57 am

great ! thanx Boom

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Post by JoeyZR1 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:31 pm

Homebrew.com has the Balcones 5 gallon Barrels for $99 today on sale. Also save more if buy more than one.
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Sorry it's homebrewing.com
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by stony183 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:57 pm

BoomTown wrote:Buy what you want, but a 5 L barrel is a waste if you ask me. That size is so small the evaporation rate exceeds the aging process. My recommendation is a 3 gallon or 5 gallon barrel, with the 5 gallon being the better option. You'll end up with better booze, and more of it.

Gibbs Brothers cooperage in AR makes a great barrel for this purpose.
I have to agree I have 5 2L barrels and while they age product very fast you end up losing alot to evaporation!
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by cuginosgrizzo » Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:53 am

stony183 wrote: I have to agree I have 5 2L barrels and while they age product very fast you end up losing alot to evaporation!
but they look AWESOME! :thumbup:

also, love you sign on the wall! :thumbup:

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Post by squeezins » Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:56 am

WINE BARRELS $100
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by Odin » Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:59 am

European members can contact me if they are after 30 liter MT+ barrels. Our cooperage is making a new batch of them that should be ready by end of January.

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Post by rgreen2002 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:38 pm

Odin wrote:European members can contact me if they are after 30 liter MT+ barrels. Our cooperage is making a new batch of them that should be ready by end of January.

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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by Odin » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:26 am

Would love to help out. We'd just need someone able to import and distribute them amongst HD-members. A pallet would be the minimum size. Think about around 60 barrels, ranging in size from 10 to 30 liters. That's what it would take.

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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by stony183 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:36 am

cuginosgrizzo wrote:
stony183 wrote: I have to agree I have 5 2L barrels and while they age product very fast you end up losing alot to evaporation!
but they look AWESOME! :thumbup:

also, love you sign on the wall! :thumbup:
Thanks Man, yeah a guy cut this on a CNC machine for me. I love the sign because it's really looking good as it starts to tarnish!
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by Jimbo » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:46 am

Folks,

Been doing some research for my next Oak Barrel. Thought Id share for everyones benefit.

Black Swan Barrels in MN - 10g barrel $229 + $35 for shipping.
The Barrel Mill in MN - 10g barrel, $165 + $30 for shipping
Gibbs in AR - 10g barrel, $195 + ? shipping

BarrelsOnline, 1000Oaks - stay away. Crap quality and/or blingy consumer nonsense. Could probably put Black Swan in this category. Theyre all about the honeycombed sticks, and honeycombed staves in barrels for a premium. My opinion is this exposes tons of end grain which should be avoided, unless you want loads of that tyloses goo in teh pores in your drink, see pic. Anyway, Black swan price above is for traditional barrel, not honeycombed staves. Way high. She also quoted 50-60 for shipping until I challenged her on it.
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by Aussiedownunder01 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:24 pm

BoomTown wrote:
Deerhunter wrote:would a 10l barrel be a better option? I think a 20L would be to big for me. Don't think I would be able to fill it. for me to end up with 5 gallons on a spirit run is pretty big.
You don't plan to sell anything, so the legal rules don't apply. Homebound craftsmen have been incrementally filling wooden barrels for centuries. The booze get along just fine, in fact improves over time as you mix in different runs with earlier aged spirit. Just take your time, filling it as you can. Keep a different barrel for each recipe you make though. You can start to enjoy your drink as soon as it begins to taste like you want it to. Simply draw off enough to make a couple of jugs, replace what you take out with new stuff, then after you drink what you've drawn off, repeat the cycle. As long as you are making as much as you drink, and you let a couple of months pass between the draws, the whiskey will simply get better and better. You'll never miss the angels share either.

Keep in mind, it's a hoppy, not a competition. Just make what you like, often enough to keep filling your barrels. Odds are pretty good, your days of distilling will diminish as your whiskey gets better.

I recommend hobbyists go with a 10 (37.8L) gallon barrel, otherwise use glass with oak staves. Barrel ages is better over time. Smaller barrels loose too much volume to the angels too fast (they're actually just big sponges drying out). 10 gallon full wooden barrels weigh in at about 100 lbs full, which is a handful for a grown man, but once you get it full, and let it sit for 6 or 8 months, it's like having your very own high quality liquor store in you closest, or garage. Store it where the air can't flow around it too much, and it'll be just fine.

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Post by Deerhunter » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:39 pm

Never had a problem with 1000oaks. But then again I haven't dealt with them in person. My Brewing supply store carries there barrels so I see what I'm buying up front. I think there quality is damn good. Have a 5 and 10 gal from them.
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by stony183 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:06 am

cuginosgrizzo wrote:
stony183 wrote: I have to agree I have 5 2L barrels and while they age product very fast you end up losing alot to evaporation!
but they look AWESOME! :thumbup:

also, love you sign on the wall! :thumbup:
Haha thanks man!
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by MichiganCornhusker » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:41 am

I just happen to be looking at a bunch of 1000 oaks barrels right now.
They look great in the larger sizes but the smaller ones don't look as bulletproof as my Gibbs.

Just going by looks though, I've never used one.
Maybe they'll give me one to test drive...
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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by cbbr » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:51 am

This appears to be the latest thread on barrels. so... I am looking for a barrel - 3 gals would be perfect. So 2 questions - 1) is Gibbs still the best place and 2) what char & toasting level is "best" to end up with a high vanilla bourbon? My initial thought is no toasting & #3 char.

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Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

Post by BoomTown » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:57 am

I advise against a 3 gal barrel, too much Angles Share. Minimum of 5 gal, recommend a 10.

Gibs is a great source, but there are many now days.

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Post by Tummydoc » Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:03 am

To maximize vanilla, you want your barrel proofed a little lower (55-60%)

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Post by rubberduck71 » Sat May 30, 2020 6:51 pm

Jimbo wrote:
Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:46 am


BarrelsOnline, 1000Oaks - stay away. Crap quality and/or blingy consumer nonsense.

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