Originally Posted by iijakii
Don't need to fill it, LOL.
I don't know. It seems remiss to put starsan or water in a barrel that's been in contact with such greatness. Seems like you'd be washing away a lot of goodness.
I hear ya. On the other hand, how would 10 gallons of water even come close to filling a 50 gallon barrel?
I'd probably just leave it as-is and go with it, as long as it had been kept closed up. Brew up something nice and strong that could "self-sanitize" the thing.
Really, if we're talking about a whiskey barrel, that had bourbon aged in it for several years, would the interior even be a hospitable environment for nasties anymore? We might be having a "how should I wash my bar of soap" type conversation here.....