<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Verdana">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Frank D.Scott:
In all the books and pictures I have seen, as well as all the distilleries I have had the pleasure to visit why are casks laid on there side rather than stood up on end?It would appear to me that they would have a greater opportunity to roll out of place easier than if they stood upright.Are the cask ends also make from oak?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Dear Mr. Scott,
My experience is more with Black Powder barrels, but the method's reasoning may well be the same. These barrels are stored on their sides that their lot numbers and designations may be more easily seen as stamped, or stenciled on the top. The barrels may also be more easily stacked in this manner, in cribs for storage. When lifting the barrels for shifting, it can be more easily done when the barrel is resting on its side. The barrel may also be more easily moved by rolling it on its side if a dolly or hand-cart is not available.
I hope that this helps.