Modern Cooperage’s cutting-edge barrels bring traditional barrel-aging techniques for whiskey, bourbon, rum, and other spirits into the 21st century. Our patented barrel provides distilleries a modern solution that overcomes many of the drawbacks and limitations of traditional oak barrels without sacrificing any of the qualities that made oak barrels the industry mainstay. Take control of the oak integration, evaporation, temperature, micro-oxygenation, pressurization, agitation, and more.
The Stainless Advantage – While traditional barrels need to be replaced every 2-3 years, our stainless steel design will last 30+ years. Just replace the oak staves and your barrel is basically brand new again.
Take the Reins from Mother Nature – While oak barrels are at the mercy of the outside world, our barrels enable you to circulate hot or cold glycol from your chiller or use water to precisely control the temperature of your spirit. If your distillery often faces extreme winters that slow your product’s aging, Modern Cooperage barrels will enable you to stay at the optimal temperature 365 days a year.
Soak in the Oak – Pressurize the barrel up to 3 bars to drive your spirit deeper into the staves. Release pressure to get the spirit back out of the staves and into the mix. This lets you greatly accelerate oak extraction, especially when combined with temperature control and micro-oxygenation.
Q: Right now there is a shortage of new American oak barrels, are Modern Cooperage barrels in stock?
A: Yes! We have barrels in-stock and ready-to-ship from our warehouse in California. Large custom orders over 1,000 barrels may require a 60-75 day turnaround.
Q: Aging spirits need oxygen, does your barrel breathe like a traditional oak barrel?
A: Yes, our barrels use a patented Micro-Oxygenation Membrane to mimic the same breathing as a new oak barrel at a linear rate of 10mg/L/year.
Q: How many staves does the Modern Cooperage barrel hold?
A: Each barrel can hold up to 20 oak Staves with maximum dimensions of .5 in. thick, 3 in. wide, and 27 in. long.
Q: Most traditional barrels only last 2-3 years, how long can I use a Modern Cooperage barrel?
A: The Modern Cooperage barrel will last over 30 years in your distillery. Just replace some gaskets every 8-10 years, and you’re good to go.
Q: Can I use the Modern Cooperage barrel to accelerate aging?
A: Yes! Our barrel allows you to stir/agitate, pressurize, control temperature (hot or cold), and oxygenate your whiskey or liquor/spirit of choice. All of these features can be used to accelerate aging.
Q: I like to use sherry barrels to finish some whiskeys and bourbons, can I do that in the Modern Cooperage barrel?
A: Yes! We have stave partners that produce world class staves from sherry, port, cognac, rum, wine, and more.
Q: Can the Modern Cooperage barrels fit on our existing rack system?
A: Yes! Our barrels feature the standard dimensions to fit in your existing rack system.
Q: How many gallons is the Modern Cooperage barrel?
A: 75 Gallons.
Q: My distillery is located in a warm region, and I lose a lot of product each year due to evaporation. Can your barrel help?
A: Yes! Our patented Micro-Oxygenation Membrane was designed specifically to allow oxygen to pass through but not water molecules or alcohol. This means that once your spirit is in the barrel, we keep it there. Imagine opening up a barrel after three years and seeing that it’s still full!
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