CARE AND PREPARATION

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Recommended guidelines for preparation and handling of Sirugue barrels:

STEPS PRIOR TO USE

In order to preserve your barrels in the best possible condition prior to filling with wine and to avoid unnecessary leaks, we recommend the following steps:
Keep the barrels in their original plastic wrapping until ready for use.
Storage conditions for the empty barrels should be as cool as possible, away from direct sunlight.
Maintain the humidity at a level of at least 65% (ideal 75-80%).
Store away from light and draft.
Avoid direct sun.
Stack barrels off the floor.
Keep the barrels clear of chemicals and contaminants.
Our barrels are delivered ready for use; however, as the summer transit between Burgundy and the US ports may affect the tightness of barrels, we recommend you verify that each barrel is super tight prior to filling with wine.

PREPARING YOUR NEW BARREL FOR USE

We recommend two methods of preparation:

Method 1
1. Fill barrel with 4-5 gallons of hot water (about 100 degree F) and replace the bung.
2. Turn the barrel vertically on one head for one hour.
3. Turn the barrel onto the other head for one hour.
4. Empty the barrel and rinse with clean water and allow to drain.

Method 2
1. Fill the barrel with 4-5 gallons of water and replace the bung.
2. Turn the barrel vertically on one head for 2-3 hours.
3. Turn the barrel onto the other head for 2-3 hours.
4. Empty the barrel, rinse with clean water and allow to drain.

If the barrel has been well stored, not for too long, fill it directly without rinsing or soaking. Only do this if the barrel is completely tight - roll it end over end a few times and the sound and feel, with a bit of experience, will indicate its readiness for filling.
If the barrel has been stored for any length of time and feels loose, we recommend that it be filled with cool water and soaked for 12-24 hours.

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