Oak barrels for sale sized at 5″ x 4.5″, our 1–liter oak aging barrel is just the right size for someone getting started with aging their own whiskey, wine or spirits at home. Perhaps you’re experienced with barrel aging, but have limited space. Well, in either case, our 1L oak barrels for sale will be just right for you. What many people don’t know is, the smaller the barrel, the more contact the oak has with the liquor and therefore the outcome is faster and richer than spirits made at large distilleries. In a matter of just a few weeks, our one-liter barrel will have bargain basement liquors tasting like something that might cost hundreds of dollars. These handsome, sturdy whiskey barrels for sale are proudly made by master coopers of all white American oak, and charred to perfection, the barrel has just the right sugar content to make it ideal for storing and aging your favorite liquor, whiskey or rum. These barrels can also be used for flavoring vinegars or creating your own special blend of hot sauce. Whether engraved or with the classic wooden face, these barrels will look great in any home bar, mancave or displayed at a club or lodge. Each oak aging barrel comes with a wooden spigot, a bung, a stand and a medium char. Our 1 Liter barrels can hold up a 750 ml and yield just over 33 1 oz. shots. Looking for great advice on how to achieve results that will amaze your friends? Check out our recipes and flavoring kits!
From Beer to Whiskey it’s Better in the Barrel
Connoisseurs and everyday drinkers agree: spirits, beer and wine move to the top shelf after aging in a barrel. The white American oak barrel is actually a secret weapon in improving everything from hot sauce and coffee to vinegar and barbecue sauce.
But it’s whiskey that has given barrel aging its initial jolt of fame since whiskey isn’t really whiskey by definition unless it’s aged in some type of wooden barrel. Whiskey enthusiasts are often some of the first people who think to look for small oak barrels for sale.
The great thing about aging in an oak barrel is you can start with the least expensive wine, beer, whiskey, tequila, or even vodka, and the magic of the aging process will change the nature of the liquor. Just as a child grows over time, your alcohol will mature with distinct characteristics.
When brown spirits—everything from Bourbon to Whiskey—are initially produced, they come off the still as clear as mountain spring water. It isn’t until the aging process takes place in wooden barrels that the liquor takes on darker colors. It’s also during aging when the flavor matures as well. The longer a bottle of spirits or wine is aged, the more expensive that bottle will be.
Red Head Oak Barrels sells handmade oak barrels specially designed for aging and mellowing rum, whiskey, bourbon, tequila, brandy, wine—even vodka and beer. By way of example, our 1-liter barrel will age Crown Royal to Crown Reserve in about two weeks.
Oak Barrels for Sale: The Secret to a Great Barrel
What makes whiskey stand out among all its spirited counterparts is the American white oak barrel. There are strict standards in making whiskey and a distiller can’t willy nilly decide to retrofit a French oak barrel and make whiskey in it. Nor can a distiller decide to go rogue and attempt to make whiskey in some kind of hybrid new material container.
If you’re looking for oak barrels for sale, there are reasons the American white oak has come to be the favored barrel. Oak is a “pure wood” as opposed to pine or rubber trees which contain resin canals that can pass unappealing strong flavors to maturing whiskey.
American oak barrels are sought after. After aging whiskey in Tennessee, and bourbon in Kentucky, American oak barrels travel over to Scotland to mature Scotch and Ireland to age whiskey. While in the U.S. bourbon is aged in only new barrels, in Ireland, used barrels are the norm. The American white oak also:
- Is ultra-strong and doesn’t leak.
- Allows oxygen to pass in and out, crucial to the aging process.
- Provides flavor notes like vanilla, caramel and coconut.
- Removes undesirable elements like sulphur compounds.
Anything being aged inside the barrel—be it whiskey, wine or something else—will be influenced by a number of factors:
- Growth rate of the trees
- Method and length of time to dry the wood
- Toasting and charring during cooperage
- The environment outside the barrel
- Compounds in the wood
- Blends from interior charring
- The climate where the barrel is stored
Over time, these factors make a significant impact on a liquor’s color, flavors, and mouthfeel.
At Red Head Oak Barrels, we begin and end with premium quality American White Oak, the same wood used at most distilleries and wineries across the United States. Our stock is made using a medium char, as we find this to be the most universal for aging spirits.
We source our American White Oak from a variety of forests across the continental U.S., including California, Missouri and sometimes Kentucky. Our barrels are made by our own barrel makers—Coopers—who are American craftsman dedicated to excellence in this time-honored field.
The Story of the Cooper
Little has changed in the art of coopering, or barrel making, although the craftsmanship itself has dwindled in numbers over the years. An ancient trade dating thousands of years, there are only a few dozen Master Coopers that practice around the world today. In the early 1900s, there were enough coopers to have a Coopers Union and a monthly publication dedicated to barrel-making news.
Coopers date to Celtic times and were valued craftsmen in colonial America and throughout our history. When anyone was looking for oak barrels for sale, they needed a cooper. It remains a time- and labor-intensive craft today. To become a cooper, one must train four years under a Master.
The skilled coopers at Red Head Barrels build each barrel by hand. Each is a natural product with its own nuances and each is as unique as the tree and stave its built from. There are no software programs that can inspect a barrel for wear and tear and no machine can break a barrel down or build a new one.
Although technology has improved the logging process and wood quality, which has expanded the capabilities of coopering, typically the only materials allowed in the construction of the casks are timber and steel. No glue, no silicone, only the occasional river reed to help seal the top of the barrel.
If your looking for oak barrels for sale, turn to Red Head Barrels. Our multi-generational team of professional coopers expertly handcraft our barrels by sanding and tapering the oak staves so they perfectly fit the hoops without nails and glue. During the assembly process, the oak aging barrel is also perfectly charred.
This charring process caramelizes the sugar in the wood, giving the stored spirits a caramel character as well as the essence of sweet vanilla. Each Red Head oak aging barrel is crafted with a medium char and comes with a wooden spigot, bung and stand.
White American Oak Barrels for Sale
At Red Head Barrels, we have many varieties of oak barrels for sale, from smaller one- and two- liter varieties that fit nicely on a small bar or counter, to sizes up to 20 liters. All of our oak barrels for sale are made by hand and can be customized for any occasion.
Our barrels also come infused with flavors, like tequila, rum and whiskey. Instead of curing the barrel with water, we use your choice of spirits. Your infused barrel can then be used to age the spirit, wine or beer of your choice for an interesting variety of flavor notes.
Some of the many barrels we offer:
- Bag-n-Barrels. Pour your own wine into our bags and use our barrel as a beautiful dispenser.
- Wedding Card Barrels. This personalized 15″ x 12″ x 12″ barrel is for your guests to place wedding cards in.
- Kombucha Barrels. Try a barrel for your next batch of kombucha and you’ll be surprised at how much stronger and tastier it is.
- Pickle & Hot Sauce Barrels. Chefs and gourmands have been elevating the flavors of pickles and hot sauces for years—now you can too.
- Cigar Barrels. Our cigar barrels can be soaked with your favorite liquid to infuse your pipe tobacco, cigar or even a pack of cigarettes.
- Personalized Barrels. Any of our barrels can be engraved for any occasion and make great gifts.
- Decorative Barrels. We have ice buckets, vases and even man cave decor.
The Anatomy of a Whiskey Aging Barrel
Barrel construction begins with long pieces of oak called staves. These are seasoned outdoors for two or three years before being carefully bent into shape using heat and pressure from metal hoops. The heat is hot enough to break down the lignin in the wood into vanillin, which is what contributes the vanilla flavors to the whiskey. Once the barrel is constructed it’s toasted over a flame.
Charring further transforms the wood, removing sulphur compounds and immaturity from new spirits. Charring also enables wood sugars to be caramelized, which will leech into the maturing spirit.
Here are the basic components of an oak whiskey barrel:
- Hoops. Metal rings surrounding the barrel.
- Head. The two flat ends of a barrel, often custom-stamped.
- Bilge. The widest part of a barrel.
- Stave. A wooden strip used to make a barrel.
- Bung hole. The small opening in a barrel, usually closed with a stopper.
Red Head Barrels come with a bung, spigot, stand, paper funnel and instructions and we’re always just a phone call away if you have questions or need help.
Here’s Why Smaller is Sometimes Better
When people picture oak barrels for sale, they often envision a standard 53-gallon oak cask that professional distilleries use. For home use, large is in the range of 20 liters, and while it might be nice to that big barrel of whiskey aging by your home bar, there are some advantages to going with something smaller, like our one liter barrel. The aging process can be sped up about two to six times, depending on the size of the small barrels, meaning you get your own premium liquor to enjoy that much faster. Some advantages of going small:
- It’s fast. It takes under two months on average to age 750ml of liquor or wine. You can start tasting at 14 days (especially in the beginning) and call it finished when you say so!
- It’s flavorful. The increased proportion of the interior barrel surface area to stored volume makes for strong favor notes of vanilla, spice and oak in a short time.
- It’s flexible. The small volume makes it perfect for experimenting with new flavors and infusions without committing to a large quantity.
- It’s practical. When you don’t want a large volume of one particular liquor or wine hanging around, the one-liter size is the perfect solution.
- It’s portable. The small size makes it easy to move from your bar to kitchen counter and its compact enough to accommodate the crowdest of spaces.
Spirits age the same way inside small barrels for sale as they do in a larger barrel — the only difference is time. Aging is simply a chemical reaction between the alcohol, the congeners produced during fermentation, oxidation, and the byproducts of the wooden barrel. These are affected by the alcohol content of the spirit, the level of charring in the oak barrel, humidity, the temperature in the aging area, the size of the barrel, and the length of time that aging takes place.
Almost Anything Ages Better in a Barrel
If you’re looking for oak barrels for sale, you might not have considered the many things you can do with that barrel aside age liquor, wine or beer. Foodies, chefs and hobbyists have been experimenting with barrels for years to enhance the flavor of pickles, peppers, condiments, sauces—even ice cream. Try aging:
- Vanilla Extract
- Hot Sauce
- Barbecue Sauce
- Maple Syrup
- Soy Sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
Charred barrels produce the best barrel aged food, and a barrel that formerly contained spirits can give you an even more interesting flavor enhancement.
The Red Head Barrel Difference
Red Head Oak Barrels sells handmade American oak barrels specially designed for aging and mellowing rum, whiskey, bourbon, tequila, brandy, wine, beer and more. Proprietor Steve Mayes—AKA Red—experimented with barrel aging for many years before opening Red Head Oak Barrels in 2013.
A U.S. Navy Veteran, his business philosophy is to over-deliver and give his customers more than they expect. A Baton Rouge native living in Dallas for over 25 years, Red Head Barrels believes in “lagniappe,” an expression in Louisiana that means “a little extra.”
We have a variety of recipes and whiskey making kits so you can turn ordinary spirits into top shelf liquor for a fraction of the price. Make your own flavored Canadian, Kentucky, Tennessee, or Irish Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch, Spiced Rums, and more at home for about $10 a fifth.
We have hundreds of 5 star reviews and stand behind every product we make. Call us with any questions you may have at 469-969-0449 or see our website for more information.