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    I'm going to try some bourbon barrel aged syrup. I got 2@5gal and 1@10gal once used bourbon barrels. For any of you who have done this, what is your proceedure? prep, packing temp? other things to do?
    I was told to put some hot water in the barrels to swell the oak to help minimize leaks, then pack at 190. Then rotate the barrels every week or 2.
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    I soaked the outside of the barrel for a day, then packed at 190. It's been a couple weeks and so far no leaks. I check daily. I will let you know how it turns out.
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    Just wondering, would it be advisable to spray a water mist over the barrel every few days once filled, to keep the wood tight and minimize leakage, along with the evaporative cooling effect?
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 850 for 2018?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.daveandjoanssugarhouse.com

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    I bought a 5 gallon one also and put a fifth of small batch bourbon in it. It is sitting in the kitchen and I rotate it every day. I am leaving it for 2 weeks then draining the bourbon out, drink it then hotpack with good tasting NH syrup. I do not know the correct procedure but cannot wait for Christmas to come this year.
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    How long are you guys aging it for?

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    I am storing the barrell in my cellar which stays about 55 all summer long. Going to open during the Christmas season but ideally let sit for 7 years for the ultimate finish.
    30x8 Leader revolution, wood fired blower, steamaway/hood. 903 taps all but 54 on pipeline and 3 vacuum systems. Hauling sap this year with a 99 F350 7.3 diesel dump and of course back up is the Honda 450 and trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maple maniac65 View Post
    I am storing the barrell in my cellar which stays about 55 all summer long. Going to open during the Christmas season but ideally let sit for 7 years for the ultimate finish.
    I assume you mean 7 months?

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    You have assumed wrong. I meant as I said 7 years.
    30x8 Leader revolution, wood fired blower, steamaway/hood. 903 taps all but 54 on pipeline and 3 vacuum systems. Hauling sap this year with a 99 F350 7.3 diesel dump and of course back up is the Honda 450 and trailer.

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