Originally Posted by Dansrc51
A friend and professional brewer for Deshcuttes brewery, told me that you want to use the barrels within a reasonable time. Apparently the staves will begin to separate and will leak if they are not kept moist. Just what I've heard.
Cannot you just soak them for a bit prior to adding the elixer?
Got 72 bottles off a cider batch, transfered an amber ale to the secondary, and have a flask of seison ready to prime and bottle.
Gotta clean some kegs for that secondary to cross into tomorrow...