Aging on used, charred barrel piece

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TastyAdventure

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I got a strip of a barrel bow from a friend, and the inside has been charred. Black flakes easily come off, obviously don't want to put beer on top of it in it's current state.
It has been in a hot garage for awhile, kinda dried up, no bourbon smell left.
What should I do this thing before I rack beer onto it? Should I use it at all?
 

gravityspiral

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Yeah. I'd soak it in some bourbon, brush whatever will come off with a toothbrush, put it back in the bourbon for a while, and you're good to go
 
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