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.
That wouldn't suprise me, they are wood after all and it tends to shrink when dried. I am hoping that with it being sealed and stored in a shaded place it will help keep some of the moisture in it.
With any luck I will have a group together shortly and we can work on filling it. Otherwise if I am too late we can always dice it up soak the pieces in Bourbon and add them to our secondaries.