I just picked up an IPA kit that has toasted oak chips in it. It says to sanitize them via steam like you were steaming vegetables. Basically when I do that I just put the veggies in a little water and nuke them for a couple minutes. Is that sufficient?
Also, it says to put them in for the whole fermentation period. Which is 7 days. I know better than to bottle after 7 days, so should I put the oak chips in for the whole 4 weeks that I plan on letting it sit in the fermenter? Should I put them in a hop bag?