The immune system of wood while alive has the chemicals necessary to resist and kill bacteria and other things like worms, and mold. This will readily dissolve into water with the help of alcohol as a solvent. All this explains why water keeps well in wood barrels. Water alone will dissolve these chemicals out to a lesser but sufficient extent. So after the pole shift, it's back to the old ways. Any one know how to make wooden barrels that don't leak?
Offered by Mike.
Sounds like a job for a Cooper, whose trade this is.
Offered by Jon.