Cleaning the Barrel

When cleaning is needed, place 1 Camden tablets and 1oz Citric Acid in the barrel, fill with water, and let stand overnight. Rinse thoroughly with water and replace bung. Neutralize after you have cleaned over night by adding the Oxy San solution.

You may also simply run hot water through the barrel until any sediment has washed out.

If a sticky residue forms anywhere on the outside of your barrel, this is perfectly normal. When the alcohol gives up the "Angels Share" or evaporates, the sugars from the alcohol are left behind leaving a sticky molasses like residue. You can leave it on the barrel and it will act as a natural sealant, or you can wipe it off with a hot wash cloth.

Cleaning the Outside of Your Barrel

While less discussed, you may get to a place where you want or need to clean the outside of your oak barrel. Either due to wear on the barrel over time or if there’s growth on the barrel for any reason.

One easy method is to use a fine sandpaper and lightly sand the barrel - not too hard. Afterwards you can wipe off debris with a cloth and apply a water-based varnish if you please.

Over time the exterior of your barrel will show wear. Lightly sand your barrel with a fine sandpaper. Wipe off any debris with a clean cloth, and apply a coat of water based varnish on the outside of the barrel.