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used port barrels

Where do all our used port barrels come from?

September 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Where do all our used port barrels come from?

We have an extraordinary variety of clients buying our used barrels – from experimenting distillers who want a couple of 40 litre barrels to world renown brands who regularly buy containers of 150 barrels at a time. As a used barrel supplier the trick for us is to balance having just enough stock of barrels…

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Toasting and assembling barrels

May 18, 2022 / Comments Off on Toasting and assembling barrels

Our cooperage is still very much run along traditional lines, so whilst we have invested in machinery such as laser guided machining to produce are staves and a semi-automatic press to fit the staves, most of what we do as a barrels supplier in Portugal involves a hammer and a lot of skill from one…

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How the char affects the flavours released from a barrel

April 11, 2022 / Comments Off on How the char affects the flavours released from a barrel

The char is undoubtedly the most mystical part of barrel making and because we are a very traditional cooperage (we are based in Portugal), we treat it with the reverence it deserves. So that means that we do not use gas to char our barrels, rather we remove the heads from the barrel and set…

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Shortage of oak to make barrels

March 8, 2022 / Comments Off on Shortage of oak to make barrels

As with so many sectors in the global economy at the moment, cooperages are suffering from a shortage of a key raw material and there is no more important raw material for making a barrel than oak. Traditionally France is seen as the source of the finest oak on the planet and whilst there may…

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used port wine barrels

The difference between tawny and ruby used port wine barrels

January 5, 2022 / Comments Off on The difference between tawny and ruby used port wine barrels

Our cooperage is based not far from the Douro valley, so it is no coincidence that the majority of used barrels that we sell are from port wine – we do have a lot of customers who are unsure whether they should order ex ruby or ex tawny port barrels, so here we will go…

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Used port wine barrels – never let them dry out!

September 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Used port wine barrels – never let them dry out!

Whilst we supply a broad range of fortified wine barrels, including used madeira barrels, but also muscatel, sherry, brandy and cognac, our real speciality is used port wine barrels. One of the trickiest part of our job is sourcing the barrels from the port wine cellars when they have finished with them: typically what happens…

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Char options for your barrels

July 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Char options for your barrels

We offer four different levels of char for the new barrels we supply – light, medium, heavy and extra-heavy (or alligator). These different levels of char are achieved by how long the inside of the barrel is burnt for and the process is a very interesting one. The char is a different process to the…

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Used 500 litre barrel for ice baths

April 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Used 500 litre barrel for ice baths

We try not to be judgemental at LusoBarrel, so if ice baths are your thing, then who are we to criticise? We had a client recently who is a trainer and wanted to help his athletes recovery, so he asked us to supply him with a used 500 litre wine barrel, with a removable lid…

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Preparing wood to make the staves for our new barrels

March 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Preparing wood to make the staves for our new barrels

Getting the right wood and then ageing it correctly is without doubt the single most important step in a cooperage for making wooden barrels. If the raw material is not right then the barrel that comes out of it at the end, will certainly not be right. Oak has of course been the wood of…

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How we refurbish a used port wine barrel

February 8, 2021 / Comments Off on How we refurbish a used port wine barrel

When we receive a load of used port wine barrels from the cellars where they have been ageing they can be in various of states of disrepair. Typically there will be a few broken staves, hoops that need replacing and an exterior that needs sanding to clean up the appearance. Our job is to assess…

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