Have a 5 gallon bourbon barrel from Journeyman that was used who knows how long ago and is dry. I know to re-hydrate it to get the staves back nice a full and tight fitting, but what else do I need to do. Have read of using a holding solution, but that it is very bad for bourbon barrels as it will strip all of the bourbon flavors that are left (if any are left in my barrel), but there has to be something else that needs to be done to it.
Any advise if mucho gracias as I am currently mashing 21 pounds of grain for a 5 gallon batch of RIS. Gonna be so tasty if this barrel turns out well.