[quote=“tom sawyer”]I don’t think an oak cube or spiral is going to add much oxygen for the microbes. A wooden barrel does that. Bugs do like to live on oak though.
Whats wrong with chips? Oak is oak. I guess you get a little more of the less toasted oak in the interior of a cube, but you can use a combination of light and medium toasts and get that.
I really don’t think oaking a Flanders is all that necessary. Its going to have a malt backbone and a fierce tartness, not much room for oak to show through in that mileau.[/quote]
go oak a beer with chips or powder and then do one with a stave, cubes, or spirals. There is a huge difference IME.
There is a lot of character you pick up from the oak
As for the oxygen no it is not going to give oxygen to your beer, sitting in the carboy for a year you are going to get oxygen to allow it to sour.