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Everyone knows that barrels are used in wine making. But have you ever wondered what the inside of a wine barrel looks like? I thought for today that we should take a look at the inside of a wine barrel! Are you game to see what can be found?

You know what a wine barrel looks like, don’t you? Just in case you have not seen one, this is what a barrel looks like!

A used wine barrel

A used wine barrel

Now all that coloring you see on the sides is due to working with the barrels during the wine making process. This barrel was used for making a red wine. The approximate volume of this barrel is 60 gallons, which would convert to 25 cases of wine.

Now let’s cut this barrel open to see what the inside looks like. When cutting a wine barrel, mark the wine barrel midway so you get an even cut and take your time. Here we are using a jigsaw to cut the barrel in half.

Cutting open a wine barrel

Cutting open a wine barrel

With the barrel sliced through with our jigsaw, let’s pull the pieces apart. Think of this as cracking an egg on a larger scale…

Pulling the barrel apart

Pulling the barrel apart

What is that inside the barrel? Let’s take a closer look shall we?

What is that inside the split barrel?

What is that inside the split barrel?

What you see inside the barrel are called “staves.” In the wine making process these staves trap the sediment which are a natural by-product in wine making. Pulling these out of the barrel gives you a better view of what they look like. The ring holds them together at a specific interval, and staples are used to hold them to the inside surface of the barrel.

They are called staves

They are called staves

Let’s take a peek at what these staves look like close up, shall we? The staining is from the red wine that was stored in this barrel, and you will see some of the residue of the wine making process still stuck to the staves!

Staves up close

Staves up close

Now, lets take a good look inside of this barrel now that the staves are gone. It’s too bad you are not right here with me because the aromas from this barrel are almost intoxicating! Let’s check it out!

The inside surface of the wine barrel

The inside surface of the wine barrel

Now let’s take a closer look, OK? Take note of the staple. That is just one of the few that hold the staves in place inside the barrel.

Up close inside the barrel

Up close inside the barrel

Well, I hope that you enjoyed this short trip inside a wine barrel with me! Now I am ready for a glass of wine. You?

Thanks for dropping in today! Enjoy your Tuesday and may the day be terrific for you!

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