I'm getting ready to do a Flanders Red based on JZ's recipe, and after doing a little reasearch I've decided to make 2 seperate batches....only difference between the 2 will be 1 with wlp001 only for the initial ferment , then add the rosaleare in the secondary.....then the other batch will just primary with the rosalaere only then rack to secondary for aging. I then plan on blending the 2 to taste.
Just wondering if it would be better to do both these close together and let them age simultaneously or would it be better to space them out a little....and if I do space them out, which one first and how long to space them out? I just want to leave myself a little wiggle room for blending purposes. I've only had 2 sour beers....the duchess and rodenbach flanders red vintage 2007 which I really liked, so not sure how to gauge the amount of sourness I will want ahead of time.
I have 2 better bottles to age these in..I was planning on doing some oak chips in both , and using an airlock / rubber stopper setup.Will the better bottles impart the right amount of o2 to the beer?From what I've been able to gather, buckets supposedly let in too much o2....should I expect the same with better bottles? Thanks!