Looking for the Imperial stout experts out there! Here is my first imperial stout that i have tried. I have a few questions on the next few steps. I bought a kit at my local beer store (the beernut) and contains the following.
a bag of "specialty grains" (steeped in 155 degree water before boil.)
3lb of Briess DME
6lbs of coopers LME
2 oz chinook hops, 1 at 60 min, and 1 at 30 min of boil.
and i used WLP007 (dry english ale yeast) in a starter.
Gravity was 1.073
I brewed this on april 5 2009 and moved it into the secondary on april 26th.
it has been sitting in my basement since in the secondary, today's date is Sept 12th. so about 5 months.
To sum my story up I'm ready to bottle this sucker and my question is what do i need to do to get it to carbonate? Should i just throw it in the bottles and wait? I have never had to add yeast at time of bottling and is this something that needs to be done with imperial stouts? or is there still enough in there to get the job done. I plan on leaving it in the bottles for min a month and probably longer. Also if I do need to add yeast, what's the best kind to use and how exactly do i go about that being ive never done it before.
This is my 8th batch of beer but my first stout.
Thanks in advance.