Rinse your barrel three (3) times with water to remove any loose charred debris. Fill the barrel from the top and flush it through the spigot. Fill the barrel with warm water and insert the bung. Make sure to fill the barrel to the top and can’t fit any more in. Every part of the inside of the barrel needs to be in contact with the water.
If you identify leaks in your barrel, apply a small amount of barrel wax to the leaking area. Push the wax into the hole until the leaking stops. Top up with water after fixing any leaks. Leave the barrel in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. We recommend placing the barrel on a drip tray to prevent damage to any surfaces. Check for leaks periodically and apply barrel wax where needed.
Regularly top up with water to ensure all parts of the barrel absorb water.
The barrel is ready when it can hold water for at least three hours. Once your barrel has stopped leaking, rinse it through three (3) times. Allow the barrel to dry for three hours before filling with your spirits.
Your barrel is now ready to age spirits. Read our guide on How to Barrel-Age Spirits for more information.