A bad barrel

All of the barrels that we brought to the blasting were in good shape. Some people were not so lucky — actually, they were sold some bad used barrels and didn’t find out until they opened ’em up. Here’s a barrel with a bad case of mold. Compare this to the picture of the healthy barrel below.

Barrel Blasting!

We had one of barrels blasted last year and ended up winning a bunch of awards with the wine we made in it. So, this year we decided to have 6 more blasted. The process involves removing the head from the barrel, scraping the inside to get rid of blisters, and then putting it on this machine where dry ice is shot at it while it rotates.

Here’s the frozen inside of the barrel right after the blasting.