I know the amount of time the wood needs to be in the beer is variable, but would it be better to add the wood at the beginning of the conditioning time or at the end?
For example: if I was going to condition my IPA for 3 weeks, and the wood only needs to be in there for one week, should I add it in the first week, or the third?
With dry hopping I'm thinking this: add the oak at the beginning of the conditioning, leaving it in until my desired flavor level. After removing the wood add the hops. Being an IPA I would want the hops to shine though and the oak to be subtle. I'm afraid reversing this order, or adding at the same time, will have the two fighting each other. Thoughts?
This is the beer I'm thinking about doing this with: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...act-kit-1.html