Yet another stuck ferment, at least I think...
The culprit: BB Imperial Nut Brown Ale Kit of questionable age from my LBHS
Yeast: WL005, 1L starter, no stir plate- shook it up often over 24 hours
Fermentation: Spent 2 weeks in water bath/swamp cooler ~68f, it was my first take at a swamp cooler and I didn't ice enough. The temp strip was submerged and I learned the hard way that those things should be above the water line. So the actual in-fermenter temp was probably (definitely?) higher. It bubbled happily for the full two weeks and samples don't taste terrible, just under-attenuated.
Its been stuck at 1.028 since the end of week 2, we're in the middle of week 4 right now. I've shaken it up, raised the temperature to ambient (71-72), shaken it some more, yelled at it, cried over it, regained my composure, tried to reason with it. Still at 1.028.
1. Bottle it? Its been stable for ~2 weeks.
2. Pitch in some rehydrated dry yeast? I have a packet of S-04 I could try.
3. Stir up the trub and throw in some nutrient?
4. A combination of the above options?
My concern extends to the bottling phase as a previous batch with similar issues has failed to bottle carb. I want to make sure there are viable yeast in suspension before bottling. This brew has flocked out pretty well, and previous bad experience has me feeling dubious about claims that there is always enough yeast in suspension to bottle carb.
This will be my last kit from my LHBS, its only loosely a HBS to begin with. More a beer store with some brewing sundries. Planning on moving to AG smaller batch BIAB here shortly. Will also be working on my temp control process in the swamp cooler.
Thoughts? Thanks folks!