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December 2010
French Lab Announces New Testing Method for TCA in Barrels
But cooperage federation says TCA affects less than 0.04 percent of new barrels
by Cyril Penn
Pascal Chattonet of Laboratoire Excell in France has developed a new protocol for testing new oak barrels for 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) contamination during the manufacturing process. The test involves analyzing the batches of water that are used during barrel leakage tests for releasable TCA with advanced measuring equipment. Chattonet is examining the possibility of completely automating the process, which he has patented and says is superior to randomly sampling wood chips from staves. A...
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