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Do you ever want to look in your barrel?

2016 May 16
by Gene Fiorot

Up to now looking in a barrel has been a difficult issue to accomplish or an expensive solution you may have not considered.  But fear not your prayers have been answered.   You too can afford the latest barrel inspection techniques in your winery.   Two versions of this now very affordable method.  One uses any computer the other an android phone.  Order one today and join the 21st century.

Computer Version

Android version



14 Responses leave one →
  1. Gaetano permalink
    May 17, 2016

    Very nice links, I’m going to purchase one asap.

  2. Bzac permalink
    May 17, 2016

    You should be able to find one at a big auto parts store . Commonly used to inspect cylinder bores through the spark plug hole

  3. Gene Fiorot permalink*
    May 17, 2016

    Not at that price I think it is safe to say.

  4. Bzac permalink
    May 17, 2016

    I got mine for 25 Canuck bucks . Never used it on my barrels ( what would I look for ? ) , just my 911 (which has a motor prone to bore scoring)

  5. Bzac permalink
    May 17, 2016

    Lots of these on Amazon . You can even get side view mirrors

  6. Gaetano permalink
    May 17, 2016

    I’d like to see if there is any significant build up in the barrels, being able to see a before and after cleaning would give me the piece of mind that I’m either cleaning them well or I need to clean my barrels better. I’ve heard others talk about tartrate build up in their barrels.
    For this price, why

  7. Gene Fiorot permalink*
    May 17, 2016

    I never thought they were not this inexpensive. As for looking for something. I don’t know I never have been able to see very well in them in the first place. And it is true about the tartrates. So while we are at it how about this for a bargain?

  8. Bzac permalink
    May 17, 2016

    I guess you could look for tartrates.

    In my case I’m not going to do anything about them until the barrel is well neutral anyway .

    My barrel area is in my cellar which sits at 13-15′ C all year long so I don’t see much tartrate drop out .

    These things are so cheap it’s worth a look just for curiosity’s sake .

    In the bad old days you might have inspected a new barrel for toast blisters ,

  9. Gaetano permalink
    May 17, 2016

    I’ve been looking at an infra red thermometer from Harbor Freight, this one is about half the cost.
    I agree Zac, they’re so inexpensive, why not get another toy or two~!
    For the record, I have no idea what I’d be looking

  10. crazy run ranch permalink
    May 18, 2016

    If always assume the bottom of the barrel is going to have the most buildup and I can see that through the bung hole. A flashlight on a stalk so you can insert it inside does the trick. Those cheap things could cost you a lot of money since you will now see what you haven’t been removing. You sure you want to go down that path? I bought a hot water pressure washer a couple years ago and use it to clean with 185 degree water. Barrels come out much cleaner than before and saves on cleaners and water. But if you are able to keep your barrels in continuous use, you don’t need to worry too much. I have empty barrels from May or June bottling till late October so I like to get those barrels as clean as I can.

  11. Gaetano permalink
    May 18, 2016

    My barrels are in continuous use, I’m not worried at all, I still think that it would be cool to see.

  12. Proud Puppy permalink
    June 1, 2016

    Got the same ir thermometer about 4 years ago for about $19 Still works well.

  13. Dave permalink
    August 30, 2016

    This is pretty cool. I should pick one of these up.

    Anyone hear how the Lanza grapes are progressing (as we’re getting close to harvest)?

  14. Gene Fiorot permalink*
    August 30, 2016

    Consult the Musto Grape Website for Harvest Information.

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