Barrel-Aging 101:
How to Swell a Dry or Leaking Barrel

Barrels are good for two things – holding liquid for long periods of time and making cool stuff out of the repurposed wood. So when a barrel is leaky, that’s a major issue for most of what a barrel is supposed to do. So if you just bought a barrel and have a...
Barrel-Aged Homebrewing 101: How to Avoid Oxidation

Barrel-Aged Homebrewing 101: How to Avoid Oxidation

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. For months you’ve thought about it, dreamt about it, gazed longingly at it from across the room. You’re about to try your latest and greatest homebrewed creation, patiently aged in a perfect oak barrel. You pour your first...
What You Really Need to Barrel Age at Home

What You Really Need to Barrel Age at Home

Barrel-aged beers are arguably the pinnacle of craft beer. They’re deliciously complex in flavor – achieving a wide variety of otherwise unattainable profiles – and all it takes is a little practice and a lot of patience. More and more, we’re seeing...

How Do We Prep A Whiskey Barrel to be Refilled?

One of the most common questions we get here at MWBC is “How do prep the bourbon or whiskey barrel we just purchased to be refilled?”. Well it’s a very simple answer – NOTHING! If you are having to clean or swell your whiskey barrels before filling you...