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Pressure inside mash tun, lid popping up

Make a hole. There is no need for the mash tun to be air tight.
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Using 5L oak barrel for beer

First I would stick with 5 gallon equipment and brew half sized batches. Barrel half and bottle the other half. Then you have side by side comparators. I don't think worrying about angel's share is ...
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Using 5L oak barrel for beer

I wouldn't bother getting smaller equipment. Assuming you brew 5 gallon batches, why not just ferment your beer as usual, then move 1.3 gallons into the barrel, and bottle the remaining 3.7 gallons? I ...
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Wax looking stuff in oak barrel

I got 2 unused oak barrels from a South African. He had them for 25 years & never used them. He said before I use them, to clean them twice with boiling water to remove the wax sealant inside... ...
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Wax looking stuff in oak barrel

Is it possible the barrel was previously lined with pitch? If so you might consider not using it. Pitch seals the wood and blocks the wood character from effectively aging the beer, as well as ...
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How to clean an old oak barrel

Standard ways of cleaning barrels use really hot or boiling water to rinse and clean and/or using sulfur sticks. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to completely sterilize a barrel. 10 years ...
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No carbonation in pressure barrel

Yes, you can add more sugar for carbonation, or inject CO2 and start drinking. However, for cider I would recommend leaving it in secondary for 1 year, (conditioning). If you don't have time for ...
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Do I need to completely fill my barrel?

Wood barrels should be full or they will leak. The dry areas may open up allowing contamination from the air. To prevent oxidation when racking to barrels the hydrating / sanitizing fluid is purged ...
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Barrel fermenting (white) wine. Questions and assumptions

Yes it is possible. Barrel fermentation of white wine is a traditional Burgundian technique, it is used (commercially) with Chardonnay for instance. Be careful because white wines are easy to ...
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Wooden barrel treatment

It will not dry out in two week. It had hard alcohol in it which pretty much kills anything. When I empty wine barrels, we literally wash them out with hot water and drip dry for a couple days. We ...
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Will a wooden barrel with alcohol survive in soil for quarter century?

We had a similar tradition in Balkans as well, we just used "Rakija" (grape moonshine) instead of Vodka. We used glass demijohns instead of oak casks when storing the spirit and burying it into the ...
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No carbonation in pressure barrel

I'm no cider guy, so can't comment on time in secondary etc., but yes, you can do either of those things. Rouse is spot on with his priming suggestion. As for force carbing, you can shake the keg ...
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High gravity beer, with wine yeast in secondary

With that OG and mash temp it will have a lot of fermentables, that OG really goes into Wee Heavy and English Barley Wine territory. The wine yeast sounds like it's to finish out the few remaining ...
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Do I need to completely fill my barrel?

Your thinking is correct. Even with one day that extra surface area will oxidize your beer. A better option for a partially sized batch would be oak cubes or chips in a normal carboy/fermentor. ...
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Does cider in oak barrel need airlock during secondary fermentation, for the gas to escape?

You absolutely should have an airlock on your barrel. This allows fermentation to continue (fermentation halts under enough pressure). You will want to check the taste every month at minimum to see ...
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How to clean an old oak barrel

This is of course a judgement call depending on just how grim it looks and how large it is. But I would start with filling it with warm water and PBW, let it sit for an hour and then give it a serious ...
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