Storing "empty" barrels with lees

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Storing "empty" barrels with lees

#1 Post by Stewart Johnson » October 10th, 2020, 10:14 pm

I see this practice advertised in the used barrel classifieds, but I've never heard the rationale behind it. It's done by reputable wineries, and I'm sure there is a good reason, but I'm unclear on the concept. Anyone know?
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Re: Storing "empty" barrels with lees

#2 Post by Brian Tuite » October 11th, 2020, 6:23 am

Too lazy to clean them out? Sounds disgusting to me.
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Re: Storing "empty" barrels with lees

#3 Post by Wes Barton » October 11th, 2020, 1:35 pm

Are they offering to pay you to take the barrels away?
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Re: Storing "empty" barrels with lees

#4 Post by Bryan Parker » October 16th, 2020, 11:41 am

I believe this a way to do pied de cuve.
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Re: Storing "empty" barrels with lees

#5 Post by Stewart Johnson » October 17th, 2020, 9:22 pm

Bryan Parker wrote:
October 16th, 2020, 11:41 am
I believe this a way to do pied de cuve.
I don't think that's it. They will be advertised for sale as holding lees plus a heavy SO2 solution and inert gas.
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Re: Storing "empty" barrels with lees

#6 Post by Ed Kurtzman » October 18th, 2020, 8:20 pm

I've heard of several wineries that do this. The "recipe" I heard was, drain out the lees as well as possible, do not wash, then gas with SO2, bung, cup or tape. Before you want to use the barrel again, wash it well, then it's ready.

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Re: Storing "empty" barrels with lees

#7 Post by Stewart Johnson » October 20th, 2020, 12:25 am

Ed Kurtzman wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 8:20 pm
I've heard of several wineries that do this. The "recipe" I heard was, drain out the lees as well as possible, do not wash, then gas with SO2, bung, cup or tape. Before you want to use the barrel again, wash it well, then it's ready.
That's what I have gathered, but I'm unclear on the rationale. It's pitched as though the remaining lees have a function in preserving the health of the barrel.
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