Cask shive and keystone, wood vs plastic

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m_rawdin
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Cask shive and keystone, wood vs plastic

Post by m_rawdin » Thu May 23, 2019 10:32 pm

I was wondering if there is much difference between wooden and plastic shives and keystones for casks. I read somewhere that wooden ones are better because as they take on moisture from the beer they swell slightly and give a better seal?
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Robwalkeragain
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Re: Cask shive and keystone, wood vs plastic

Post by Robwalkeragain » Fri May 24, 2019 10:00 am

Wooden swell up to fill the...orifice. They also go mouldy easily and leave bits of wood in the cask.
Plastic are much better imo. If you pm me your address i can send you some plastic for postage cost

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Re: Cask shive and keystone, wood vs plastic

Post by m_rawdin » Fri May 24, 2019 12:25 pm

Robwalkeragain wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 10:00 am
Wooden swell up to fill the...orifice. They also go mouldy easily and leave bits of wood in the cask.
Plastic are much better imo. If you pm me your address i can send you some plastic for postage cost
Ah that's great thanks for your help, I don't suppose you have any soft and hard spiles lying around do you?
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Re: Cask shive and keystone, wood vs plastic

Post by Robwalkeragain » Fri May 24, 2019 4:53 pm

m_rawdin wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:25 pm
Robwalkeragain wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 10:00 am
Wooden swell up to fill the...orifice. They also go mouldy easily and leave bits of wood in the cask.
Plastic are much better imo. If you pm me your address i can send you some plastic for postage cost
Ah that's great thanks for your help, I don't suppose you have any soft and hard spiles lying around do you?
I can probably nab a couple, they’re like pens, come in big bags and then they go missing! Haha.

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