I have a winemaker here in WNY that is willing to give me a wine barrel (I believe either cab sauv, cab franc, or merlot) that I would use as a solera for wild ales. I think (hope) 32 gallons.
I just wanted to see if anyone has or has entertained the idea of having one of these. We have a baby on the way, so my place might be out, but I am lobbying for the guy I brew with to keep it @ his place (he likely is not having kids), and has plenty of room in his basement.
Some of the issues I see right of the bat:
-the cradle: it probably makes sense to build one or have one welded that will be slightly elevated so we can easily rack to kegs/other vessels for blending
-sheer volume: part of the idea would be to have a steady supply of sours over the years, but I can’t imagine ever drinking or giving away this much beer