I know, I know there are threads on this but I am looking for specific advice on a few yeast ideas for my RIS I want to brew. I am planning to brew the Anastasia recipe that was in Zymurgy recently (14# 2 row, 1.6 chocolate, 1.6 roasted barley). I will use whatever hops I have laying around as the brewer said to use whatever gets you to about 68 IBUs, probably some combo of columbus and northernbrewer. I will also add 1.5# of flaked barley as I have always enjoyed it in stouts. Anyway here are some yeast ideas I am considering...
1) Wyeast 1318 with a big starter...the brewer says they use this at 73 to give the beer character
2)Double pitch S04, love dry yeast as I can not always plan out a starter in advance
3) Double pitch but blend S04 and S05...again love the dry yeast, want some character but have not always been pleased with s04 at higher temps, was hoping the s05 will counter balance it.
I have tried brewing 2 batches of imperial stout and both ended up infected for different reasons so I am dying to get one right. I love sipping on these in the winter and really want to be able to have my own.