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Old 02-14-2013, 02:34 AM   #1
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Imperial Russian stout is in primary - 11 days so far. OG was 1090. Gravity is now 1024 (8.8 ABV).
I'm thinking about adding some champagne yeast in secondary to reduce sweetness and raise the ABV. Any thoughts?

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Old 02-14-2013, 02:39 AM   #2
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after only 11 days, it'll come down more. leave it alone for about another month and see what happens before you start thinking about drying it out more. that's a big beer. messing with it after 11 days is not a good idea

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:06 AM   #3
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Would you recommend leaving it in primary for a month? I was thinking primary for 2weeks, and secondary for another month or so...

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Bjcp guidelines suggest FG for a RIS as 1.018-1.030 so you are within range for the style already. A big body beer like that can handle it without tasting overly sweet. After only 11 days you still might get another couple points of attenuation.

Champagne yeast just asks for a host of problems when you carbonate and if the FG drops too low then body will suffer.

Why secondary? Just leave it in primary for 6 weeks.

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:24 AM   #5
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I would give it at least another week- won't hurt, a beer like that isn't going to be crystal clear anyhow, so no need to worry about a secondary.

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Thanks everyone. Good insights.

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