So, I think I'm ready to bottle this beauty, but I have a few more questions first.
My OG was 1.070 on 3/3/13, on 3/25/13 SG was 1.020, and I racked to secondary. Soaked 2.5 oz Whiskey Barrel Chips (from kit) and 2 vanilla beans (split) in 8oz Makers Mark for a few days. Added all of this to secondary and forgot about it for several weeks. Checked it the other day 5/8/13 SG was 1.020. Tasted fantastic!
If I added 8 oz of Makers Mark to secondary I would expect the SG to decrease, resulting in a higher ABV, right? Or, am I thinking all wrong? Is 8 oz not enough to have an impact? Also, I broke my hydrometer between the 3/25 reading and the 5/8 reading so it may be a difference in equipment.
Second question. Would there be any value in aging this any longer. I was thinking about racking one gallon into a one gallon carboy, and bottling the rest. I have read that the vanilla flavor will fade but the oak and whiskey flavors will increase. Thoughts?