Brian Posted August 21, 2011 Share Posted August 21, 2011 Both Black Swan Cooperage and Kelvin Cooperage have devised methods to increase the surface area exposed to aqueous alcohol. BSC has a larger set of arrows in it's quiver...they will let you play with exotic (non-oak) woods, mix the ratio of honeycomb staves (read monster amounts of END grain exposed: think of soda straws, do you get much rootbeer from sucking on the side of a straw?) with conventional charred staves to release a broad set of extractives like vanillin. Karasch (BSC) can look around for oak woods that provide more vanillin than other forests....like grapes, different forests and different trees have different components available to your product. If you are a beer guy or a barrel aged cocktail purveyor, they can supply you with staves to fit your container and reduce your time to market. You can mix your cooperage across a range of barrel aging time profiles to reduce your barrel costs over time and gradually ramp up your barrel aged available inventory. You can tune your "finished" product inventory availability and control your costs to your lay down capacity and your market requirements. When starting out you need sales (at least we did) sooner than later and you can use these TTB (need TTB approval letter for your distillery) sanctioned barrels without specific attribution (if integral to the barrel)....you will get a market response sooner and be able to tell if your fermentation, distilling and aging protocols are viable in the market or if you just want to know sooner if your new product is on the correct path. or you can wait three or more years to turn a buck...yes, chuck, older is "better"....but older might be too late.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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