For those in the know, steam-cleaning your Bordeaux-style wine, beer and spirit barrels is becoming a new standard in effective cleaning and sanitation. Using the Optima Steamer and our Barrel Cleaning Tool will use a fraction of the water you would use with a pressure washer, kill more bacteria in the surface of the barrel and penetrate deeper, will produce swell in minutes — not hours — and will preserve toasting flavors and character rather than flushing them away.
Our Barrel Tool comes with a heavy-duty thermometer, an independent steam shutoff valve, a custom made silicon bung with vented grooves, and a sturdy, heavy base to make sure that a tight, pressurized seal is created. Mount and let steam do the work as the bung is designed to create just enough pressure for elevated temps but not too much that there will be any popping. Not recommended for 12K all-electric units.
While we’ve worked hard to collect the wisdom among industry authorities, any processes or techniques that we provide should serve as a starting point for developing your own process of cleaning and sanitizing barrels. What we can speak with authority about is the effectiveness the Optima Steamer has at quickly penetrating the surface of the barrel and killing harmful bacterias, especially when compared to other methods.