This is a great and timely topic, I was just going to ask some similar questions. Thanks for getting the ball rolling AXP!
Not trying to hijack the thread, just contribute to the overall knowledge. It would be great if you knowledgable in this topic created a sticky for "where do I start"
I've never tried to brew a "wild brew", I'm still working on my all-grain technique and getting my mash effeciency dialed in.
This came up for me because I bought one of the 5 gallon oak barrels from this
thread and wanted to know what to do with my barrel when I'm done aging beer in it.