I am planning to order the Bourbon Barrel Porter to brew in two weeks when my primary becomes available again and had a question on aging. I am planning on this to be ready for Christmas 2014 so I am hoping to age this one for 10-11 months depending on when I can get it done (and if I can wait that long to try it :lol: ). The instructions say 2 weeks primary, 3-4 weeks secondary with another 2 weeks with the bourbon and oak chips. I’m planning to soak the oak chips for a full month before adding them. With all of this it should be ready to start aging by the beginning of April.
My question is if I am planning on age this one for such a long time, which type of vessel should I age it in? I can age it in a 5 gallon glass carboy, in a keg, or in bottles. I am planning to age this in my basement which holds very close to 65 year round. Which would be the best vessel and why? Also, if I age in a keg, can I just pressurize it to seal it or should I carbonate it before it sits? I’ve never aged a beer this long before so I thought I would ask before I tried it.
Several of the reviews talk about adding a vanilla bean or two in the secondary with nice results. If I wanted to try this, should the beans soak in anything or do you just add them to secondary? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!