EC-1118 is indeed a champagne yeast that is capable of 18% ABV if managed correctly and that equates to a gravity drop of 133 points.
Personally I prefer to start with a lower gravity of something like 1.100 or thereabouts and then step feed enough to add up to a 133 drop......
"What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away". Tom Waits.Oh, and here's some blog stuff!
I started with just over 18 pounds of honey, gravity of 1.110
A week later dropped to 1.060, added 2 lb honey
A couple weeks ago it hit 1.050, so I added an additional 2lb
Total of 24
Also step fed nutrients for the first 7 days. I will check it again today
Tested the strawberry version. It's dropped to 1.055, so still going(yay!)
It really is rocket fuel, this will be bottled when clear and forgotten till next winter/ spring.... High hopes for the eventual product.