Maintaining the Barrel

After several years, typically about three, you may find that your oak barrel is no longer aging your spirits or wine as rapidly. This is the time that your barrel will need to be re-scorched. This re-charring is a simple process that can be done with a butane lighter, which has a flexible end. Just unscrew the spigot and pop out the stopper, then slide the end of the lighter into the opening. Keep that flame going as you smoothly roll the oak barrel, giving the inside a nice, fresh char.

Here is a video to help you seal a leaking barrel