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In 1970, Dave Schmeider gained a four-year apprenticeship with the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. His trade involved the repairing the old kegs used for the transportation of the rum and from time to time, he also helped with the construction and maintenance work on the large maturation vats.

Dave was the last cooper to learn the trade at the Rum Distillery, and In the early 1980's, the Rum Distillery installed their bottling plant so the trade then died as all the rum was bottled before shipment. As Dave loved his trade, he decided to see if he could keep it alive by starting his own business. With his wife Pam, Schmeider's Cooperage began on the 7th November, 1982.  Starting with a small workshop at the rear of their home, the trade was once again alive. Over the past 25 years, Schmeider's Cooperage has gained in both size and recognition.  Dave has trained a number of apprentices, and it is now this former employee that keeps the trade alive as he now run the business, which has changed its name to BUNDY KEGS. Dave is now kept busy with 4 full time labourers installing new American Oak maturation vats at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, and with the upkeep of other areas.
At Bundy Kegs,  this unique trade can be watched daily as the coopers make their barrels in the workshop and the full process can also be seen on video. A large selection of finished kegs, keg furniture and accessories are aavailable in our bar room and our friendly staff are only to pleased to answer any questions about our product or the trade.


Aalso at Bundy Kegs, you can sample some of Queensland's finest wines.  Free tastings and cellar door sales are available daily and you can select from the ranges of the following wineries -
















3 x 3 1ltr cask on Stand Walnut Stain.






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Left: Jarrah Stain         Right: Walnut Stain

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Left: Jarrah Stain    Middle: Walnut Stain   Right: Teak Stain



                   Jarrah Stain                                        Walnut Stain                                              Teak Stain



Over the years, we have heard many strange and wonderful recipes that people have used & discovered in their casks.  Our American White Oak casks are suitable for any fortified wine, i.e.- Port, Muscat, Sherry or Spirit.

Whatever you put into your cask, the flavour will improve. The oak will mature and smooth out the contents.  Most cheaper priced ports have been stored in fibreglass or stainless still containers, so you will quickly notice a marked improvement after storing in your Oak cask. The nicer the Port (and usually the more expensive) means that the winery has stored it longer in Oak.  You can of course achieve this yourself by starting with the cheaper Port, storing it in your cask, and by adding other fortified wines or spirit.  Maturation works very fast in the smaller kegs and in a 4 litre cask, a cheap port will be starting mature within 4 to 6 weeks.  Similarly, an 8 litre will see vast improvements within 6 to 8 weeks, and a 20 litre keg will take about 3 to 4 months.

The most popular blend is Port and Rum. Famous from the seafaring days of old, it is a traditional winter warmer, and of course, helps give you a good night sleeps.  It is best to start with small quantities when adding.  You can then add more to your own taste if required.  We recommend starting with 1/2 cup to 4 litres, but some people do prefer half and half.

Other popular additives are brandy, Muscat liqueur, rum liqueur and green ginger wine.


Spirits, such as Rum, Scotch and Bourbon will also improve in an oak cask.  The spirit well become mellower with age.  Please make sure you can't leave your spirit in the cask for too long without touching it.  If it is left for too long (six to twelve months), it can go to the other extreme and have too much wood flavouring.  We recommended once you have your contents to a matured flavour you like, start drinking and top up your cask regularly.  The other alternative is to decant the contents into a bottle, and you can then start maturing another blend in you keg while you drink from the bottle, (but please use a glass!!!). Once you decant into a bottle, the contents will stay at that maturation point.


We hope you enjoy your cask and experiment and try different recipes.  The main rule in what you can try is that if it doesn't goes off in a bottle, then it won't do the same in the casks.  We still feel our best recipe was half a cask of port topped up with leftover from a party, which included fortified wines and spirits. Please let us know if you come up with any interesting blends and ideas, but most of all, have some serious fun!!!!


Keg Accessories


Different Stains:

From top: Natural, Teak, Walnut, Jarrah, Rosewood, 





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