Getting Started & Barrel Care
To cure your barrel, insert your spigot by hand, pushing it in as far as it’ll go. Put a kitchen towel over it for protection, then gently hammer it in with a mallet (or something else heavy) until it’s secure. Once the barrel’s cured, the spigot will permanently stay in that position. Cure the barrel by funneling in some (near-boiling) hot water into the bunghole, then sealing the bung and placing the barrel in the sink or on top of a towel for three-to-five days before use. Make sure you remove the bung before using the spigot. Basic physics here—if there’s no airflow, nothing will pour out. The barrel can be reused over and over again with proper care. If you're aging another spirit immediately after finishing a batch, there's no need to clean it in between uses. If you're not going to age anything else right away, store the barrel full of water.