• Drained 5 Gallon Bourbon Barrel
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Item #: B03
Our Price: $134.99
Optional Barrel Stand
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Have you ever wanted to make a true whiskey barrel stout, or an oak aged barleywine? We now have 5 gallon American Oak whiskey barrels from a leading craft distillery. These impart a deep whisky/bourbon-oak flavor and are perfect for aging your strong ales, and also ideal for sour ales. These are once used barrels which have stored  premium craft whiskey or bourbon for at least 3 years before being drained. 

These quality barrels were crafted in Minnesota by The Barrel Mill and have a Char level of 5. They come with either a wooden bung or a plastic bung, and also fit a #9 Stopper (not included) if you want to use these with an airlock (see at right).

These held Reservoir Bourbon, from 2016-2017 to late late May 2019 when they were dumped. 
The pictured wood stand is optional, see a suitable stand at right.

NOTE: Pricing is for 1 barrel, three are shown to show you how they vary in appearance.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Note that wood barrels are imperfect, and may leak when initially filled, particularly if they are not filled within two weeks of receiving. We do not guarantee against leakage, but leaking barrels can be repaired by rehydration or wood plugs, check YouTube for instructional videos. Always fill a barrel with water and leave for 24 hours before use to check for leaks.

For more information before ordering, open this pdf about barrel preparation, care, leak repair, and storage:  


Average Rating:
(based on 13 reviews)

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by Dwayne
on 4/19/2019
from VA
Beyond pleased with purchase!
This barrel is stout, its the real deal with 1" thick staves. I just pulled it from the box today and had to write a review. I own two 5 gallon barrels and they are no where near the same heavy duty quality. Smells amazing, can't wait to brew an imperial for it. Only regret not buying 2. Thanks!
by George L
on 7/30/2018
from Colorado
Quality, but not quite what I ordered
This used barrel was in great condition and did not leak upon test filling with water, nor has it leaked since I filled it with fortified Port-style Wine. I orrdered a used whiskey barrel according to the invoice but received a rum barrel.  No worry since I needed a more neutral, used barrel for aging this style of wine. Fast shipping. Very pleased.
by John
on 4/3/2018
from Wisconsin
Used oak whiskey barrel
Awesome product was a little Leary being emptied for almost 3 months when barrell arrived had good smell filled barrell with maple syrup did not leak shipping was very prompt can’t say enough good things can’t wait to pull product out
by Tom
on 3/15/2018
from Scappoose,OR
Whiskey barrel
This thing is great!  Aged a Baltic Porter in it for 4 months.  Turned out awesome!  Followed "re-hydrating" instructions and had no issues.  I will now re-hydrate, prime with some bourbon or whiskey and do it again
by larry burrow
on 2/23/2018
from Missouri
Very good
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1/16/2019 6:57:08 PM
Would aging white whiskey in this for 7 years be too intense flavor?
Since these barrels have already had whiskey aged in them you won't get an intense flavor if you put whiskey in them again. They are better suited for aging beer or wine. You would be better off using one of our new oak barrels to age white whiskey in.
Christian K
12/19/2018 9:30:33 AM
Can typical brewing chemicals such as PBW and StarSan be used to clean and prep wood barrels?
Freshly drained whiskey barrels are sterile enough to use for beer without any treatment.  After you age beer in one, try rinsing with water and pouring in 1.75 liters of cheap whiskey to both sanitize and condition it again for you next batch.
Jerry Mankoski
10/30/2018 2:30:38 AM
How does one purge CO2 into a five gallon whiskey barrel?
Get a regulator and a 1/4" interior diameter gas hose, and put the hose in the bottom of the barrel. Run the C02 for a few seconds until you feel the barrel is purged. 
richard King
7/21/2018 6:38:19 PM
I would like to age a good Canadian whisky or scotch whisky. will this barrel do ok, and do they come with a spigot.
This barrel had Balcone's Rumble in it for over a year. It will impart the oak/Rumble/Rum flavor to your Scotch or Canadian style. 

They do not come with a spigot.
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