Exciting news! We are now offering new 5 gallon American Oak Barrels. These oak barrels will be available while supplies last, on a first come, first served basis.
This limited supply won't last long, so don't hesitate, because once they're gone, they're gone!
- Charred inside with a medium char (level 3)
- Roughly 20 lbs. each before being swelled up
- Approximately 15.5" H x 12.5" D middle (at bung)
- Each barrel comes with a red silicone bung.
Since this is a limited time special offer we do not carry them in stock. Please allow up to 1-2 weeks for delivery once your order is placed. Also your credit card will be charged at the time of checkout as these have to be pre-paid.
This item is only available for a limited time.
Benefits Of Aging Wine In A 5-Gallon Oak Barrel:
Aging wine in a 5-gallon oak barrel has numerous benefits for the wine's flavor, aroma, and overall quality. Here are some of the key advantages:
Enhanced Flavor: Oak barrels impart unique flavors to wine that cannot be achieved through other aging methods. The wood's natural sugars and tannins slowly seep into the wine, adding complexity and depth to its flavor profile. The result is a smoother, more well-rounded wine.
Improved Aroma: In addition to enhancing the wine's flavor, oak barrels also add unique aromas that can make the wine more enjoyable to drink. The wood's natural vanilla, spice, and smoky notes can complement the wine's natural fruit flavors and create a more complex bouquet.
Consistent Aging: Aging wine in a 5-gallon oak barrel provides a consistent environment for the wine to age in. The barrel's size allows for more contact between the wine and the wood, resulting in a more even aging process.
Preservation of Wine: Oak barrels can help preserve the wine's quality by allowing it to breathe and preventing oxidation. This can lead to a longer shelf life for the wine, allowing it to be enjoyed for years to come.
Aesthetic Appeal: Aging wine in an oak barrel can also have aesthetic appeal, as the natural wood grain and texture of the barrel can add character and beauty to the wine's presentation. This can be particularly appealing for wine enthusiasts who appreciate the craft and artistry of winemaking.
How To Age Your Wine In A 5-Gallon Oak Barrel
To age wine in a 5-gallon oak barrel, follow these steps:
Prepare the barrel: Before filling the barrel with wine, it's important to prepare it properly. Soak the barrel in water for 24 hours to ensure it's fully hydrated and to help seal any leaks. After soaking, empty the water and rinse the barrel thoroughly.
Fill the barrel: Fill the barrel with wine, leaving about an inch of headspace at the top to allow for expansion during aging. Use a funnel to avoid spilling any wine and to ensure an even fill.
Store the barrel: Store the barrel in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Ideally, the temperature should be between 55-65°F with a humidity level of around 70%.
Monitor the wine: Check on the wine regularly to ensure it's aging properly. Taste it periodically to track the flavor development and to determine when it's reached the desired level of oakiness. Keep in mind that oak aging can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the wine and the desired outcome.
Rack the wine: Racking, or transferring the wine to a new barrel, can help remove any sediment that has settled on the bottom of the barrel and ensure the wine continues to age evenly. Generally, it's recommended to rack the wine every six months to a year.
Bottle the wine: Once the wine has reached the desired level of oakiness, it's time to bottle it. Use a wine siphon to transfer the wine from the barrel to the bottles, and cork or cap them tightly. Allow the wine to rest in the bottles for a few weeks before drinking to allow the flavors to fully integrate.
By following the simple steps of preparing the barrel, filling it with wine, storing and monitoring it, racking it, and finally bottling it, wine enthusiasts can successfully age wine in a 5-gallon oak barrel and enjoy the many benefits of oak aging.