Cheap mini barrels & hinge-top/mason jars

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Cheap mini barrels & hinge-top/mason jars

Post by rubberduck71 » Sat Feb 06, 2021 12:53 pm

A friend told me to check out Christmas Tree Shops for hinge-top/mason jars which are increasingly hard to find. While I was there, I found 4 Whiskey Dispensers on clearance. Regular price is $20 on their site, but these were marked down to $10 & also 50% off. Full disclosure: the spigot & bung it's threaded in to are plastic, but easily replaceable...

Thought this may be good for a mini solera set up. :thumbup:


https://www.christmastreeshops.com/wood ... /p/6106038

https://www.christmastreeshops.com/3-Li ... /p/4122021
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Post by The Baker » Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:59 pm

Rubberduck71 said, 'Thought this may be good for a mini solera set up.'

Sounds like fun.
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Post by Tummydoc » Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:08 pm

I have one of those mini barrels. They are soft wood encasing a plastic container similar to the bag inside a wine box. They are decorative dispensers only.

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Re: Cheap mini barrels & hinge-top/mason jars

Post by rubberduck71 » Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:08 am

Tummydoc wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:08 pm
I have one of those mini barrels. They are soft wood encasing a plastic container similar to the bag inside a wine box. They are decorative dispensers only.
Well that stinks... Complete waste of wood!!! Glad they were only $5. I will stop the "water conditioning" to expand the wood. :thumbdown:

If nothing else, makes a neat bar-top gift, but will have to oak the product before it goes in.

FYI: this store doesn't ship, but if you have one nearby, you CAN find great deals on hinge-top jars (3 and/or 4L) which are useful.
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Re: Cheap mini barrels & hinge-top/mason jars

Post by MtRainier » Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:26 am

I use those hinge top jars for coffee. They'd be convenient for liquor, but what would you replace the rubber gasket with? Anyone have a source of expanded PTFE gaskets or natural cork or something?

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Re: Cheap mini barrels & hinge-top/mason jars

Post by smokeybowls » Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:14 am

I use the hinge top jars and just wrap the gasket in plumbers tape. Works great , I wrap like three layers and it seems to work but I wouldn't trust them to be air tight. I don't use for long storage periods either, just for holding low wines until I do spirit run . Somewhere on here there is a link to purchase replacement ptfe gaskets .

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