Have been making wine from kits for a few years and have had very good results,just recived a new 6.1 gallon Hung. Oak barrel ,Have always used carboys in past. my plan is to run 3 whites through in primary , 2 Chards and 1 pinot gris ,and then use barrel to bulk age a big red for @ 6 months.Two questions 1. I am going to use kits ;easy to obtain and, I can get the wines that I want and have made before so i can compare results.with the whites that i am going to do Primary in barrel on the second and third wines will there be enough yeast left in barrel to get them to kick off or, do i need to sanitize barrel and restart fresh? my plan is to run them one after another without any delay, in other words after primary done on first rack into secondary and start next same day.
2. I like all kind of reds any suggestions for the first red to age in this new (only used for doing primary for 3 whites) Barrel ?
any input would be welcome am looking forward to taking my wine making to next level .Thanks