How to Cure a Mini Oak Barrel before you use it the first time
First, we would like to thank you for choosing Red Head Oak Barrels for your at home wine and spirits aging needs.
Before using your barrel, you should cure the barrel. Your oak aging barrel is made of wood and stored empty so your barrel may need to swell back up before use. This is the same concept as a wooden boat being used for the first time after being stored all winter. The barrel comes with a fair amount of moisture however if you wait too long to cure the barrel it could dry out and no seal itself totally. We normally recommend you use the barrel within the first 90 days especially since there is a limited warranty and waiting too long will allow the warranty to expire.
There are a few steps to take when aging liquor in an oak barrel. The barrel should be cured as to kill off any bacteria and rid the barrel of any leaks. This process also makes the oak of the barrel swell and you may get a little more space inside of the barrel.