PLEASE READ BEFORE POURING ANY SPIRIT INSIDE BARREL
Welcome to the Old Republic Family and thank you for purchasing your barrel from Old Republic Family Barrels. We know you’ll love your barrel and we hope you tell your friends and family about us.
Here are your instructions for curing your barrel. Curing your barrel MUST BE DONE before you put ANY spirit inside. Curing the barrel will stop your spirits from leaking out from the sides or any cracks and crevices that the barrel may have.
Step 1: When you get your barrel, you’re going to want to first put the spigot in the hole on the front face of the barrel. Line it up with the center of the barrel. (Not the top hole on the side of the barrel) Once it’s centered, tap the spigot with a rubber mallet so it’s secure. (Don’t tap too hard….you don’t want to break the spigot)
Step 2: Fill the barrel with Hot Tap Water…rinse it out a couple of times so you can get the excess wood shavings that are in the barrel.
Step 3: Let the Hot water stay in the barrel for 2 to 5 days…The barrel will leak in different spots for the first few hours so use a paper towel underneath the barrel, so you know when it stops leaking. As the water gets absorbed into the wood, the leaks will stop and in a few days your barrel will be ready for whatever spirit you want to age.
Step 4: Make sure the Bung is off during the curing process. You don’t want to the Bung aka Cork to swell into your barrel. You wont be able to remove it if gets too tight. So make sure the bung is off during the curing process.
Step 5: After you allow the water to sit in the barrel for 2 to 5 days you want to drain your barrel and let it sit upside down. Allow the barrel to dry for 30 to 45 minutes before putting in your spirit.
Step 6: Pour your spirit into the hole on the top of the barrel. Use a funnel so that your spirit doesn’t spill all over your barrel and waste your precious drink.
Step 7: Allow your spirit to sit in the barrel for 16 days before you start to taste it. We recommend that the FIRST 2 BATCHES never sit inside the barrel for more than 35 days….You are seasoning your barrel…..if you allow the spirit to sit longer than that, you could get a very OAKY tasting drink. So do not go over 35 days unless you want a very OAKY spirit.
*Remember the longer you allow your spirit to age…the more the Angels keep!