Substitute to the Charred Oak Keg for Apple Brandy inhalation

Chuck Musholt responded to my recent email newsletter with a picture, and told about how he’s dealt with the problem of his keg drying out:
I have another idea as a keg substitute:
I have a keg. I got tired of filling it after it dried out several times… so I thought it over.
A glass milk jug with charred oak spirals, like the ones people put in their whiskey, do the trick pretty well. I’d say it’s similar, very much so, to the fumes from the keg. And I don’t have to care for the keg all the time… (well it was once a year or so, but anyway…)
Simple glass milk jug, keeping the plastic top, with two sets of the spirals. I fill the jug maybe a quarter the way or so, but could put more in there I guess. Wanted lots of room for the fumes.
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Glass milk bottle with oak spirals inside
Substitute for the Charred Oak Keg (click for full size picture)

(I asked if I could share his picture, and he volunteered the use of his name too.)

The oak spirals in Chuck’s picture get wet with apple brandy and facilitate its transformation into fumes.

I’ve never had a problem with my keg drying out because I check it every week, when I go out to a local market to share the good news about how easy it is to take care of our lungs with Edgar Cayce’s advice.

My first customer let his keg dry out after his lungs had recovered by 75% – he took to huffing straight off the bottle to keep from backsliding. I was able to get it re-hydrated, but they let it dry out again. Once the kegs dry out, they get progressively more difficult to re-hydrate. After doing this for other people a few times, I settled on using a steady ‘drip drip drip’ from a faucet in the sink to get the kegs to swell and seal again.

If you get low on apple brandy, I think “cheap vodka” or “cheap wine” is the best way to keep a keg hydrated between flu seasons. Strictly speaking I think it’s best to use as little liquid as possible when storing your keg for the off season, as the storage liquor or wine will extract some of the oak’s essential oils, and it’s better to save those for your lungs.

During the off season, store your keg where you’ll look at regularly, so you can check to make sure liquid is still sloshing around.

Or just follow Chuck’s advice, and get a glass bottle and some oak spirals.