Oak Barrels for Distilling/Ageing Re-Use

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  • Watertight, solid oak barrels
  • Ideal for distilling, brewing, ageing or souring alcohol
  • Steel bands are pinned to ensure structural strength
  • Personalised laser engraving available on lid of wine barrels only (30cm width max – message for more info)

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Celtic Timber’s wine barrels and whisky barrels are perfect for ageing, brewing and souring craft beers. Each barrel has its own story and history to add will add to the character and taste.

Each barrel bought from this listing for re-use will be tested to ensure that they are watertight and suitable for distilling drinks. We also check and pin all of the barrel’s steels bands to ensure that they are all fixed securely in place. Bungs are fitted tightly prior to transport.

Please allow up to one week for delivery to allow for this testing process.

James Godman, Head Brewer, Wilderness Brewery:

“We’ve bought a selection of wine barrels from Celtic Timber over the last few months as we’re setting up a barrel ageing and souring programme at our brewery in Newtown, Powys.

We’ve been very happy with the barrels we’ve picked up so far.

Currently, we are using a bank of Bordeaux Red Wine barrels to sour some Belgian farmhouse style beers that we have inoculated with a range of microorganisms including Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. Our next plan is to produce some ‘native’ sour beers by fermenting in barrels using wild yeast and bacteria collected in the local hills. We are also planning some ‘clean’ aged beers using whisky barrels, as spirit barrels are much less likely to come with their own resident microbes”.

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Wine Barrels – Height – 950mm, Belly Diameter – 680mm , Top Diameter – 570mm Capacity – 55 gallon/225 litres
  • 40 Gallon Oak Whisky Barrel: Height – 880mm, Belly Diameter – 630mm
  • 55 Gallon Traditional Hogshead Oak Whisky Barrel: Height – 1020mm Belly diameter – 755mm
  • 120 Gallon Butt Oak Whisky Barrel: Height – 1320mm, Belly diameter – 920mm, End diameter – 675mm

Re-Coopered Barrels:

Professionally Ro Coopered Solid Oak Barrels for Use in Distilling / Alcohol making

30L Height – 445mm – Belly Diameter – 340mm – Top Diameter 320mm
50L Height – 620mm – Belly Diameter – 355mm – Top Diameter 325mm
100L Height – 770mm – Belly Diameter – 455mm – Top Diameter 400mm

These barrels are remade from Ex-Bourbon / Scottish Whiskey casks.

The insides of the barrels have been resaved back to fresh oak and then the barrels have had a medium char/toast inside for flavouring.

The outsides of the barrels have been partly sanded and new steel bands fitted to give a great looking barrel (please note bands will rust if exposed to water for a long period of time or if the barrels are left outside) the Top and bottom bands slightly stick past the heads of the barrels.

Supplied with cork centre bungs.

Suitable for use in all Distilling, Brewing and ageing of alcohol and spirits as well as decoration use.

Barrels should not be left to dry out as shrinkage will occur which will cause leakage.


3 reviews for Oak Barrels for Distilling/Ageing Re-Use

  1. Sam Berry (verified owner)

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    Great service and quick delivery! the barrel was in great condition and even though the bung was hit in to tight the team at Celtic Timber were fantastic and had new ones sent out next day. Highly recommend and great prices to.

  2. Calum Napier (verified owner)

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    Great condition & fast delivery, will be ordering again soon 🙂
    Thank you guys!!

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    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thank you for the video of the engraved barrel. We look forward to your repeat custom.

  3. Gavin Kieran (verified owner)

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    Would highly recommend, they delivered a rioja barrel as requested, when I was told they didn’t have any. The barrel is now full with a sangria sour aging nicely.

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    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thanks so much for sharing Gavin. Glad that we were able to accommodate your request in the end!

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