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Old 12-05-2010, 07:36 PM   #1
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Good day everyone! Last night I brewed up this http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f68/none...a-stout-96969/, but at the recommendation of my LHBS I used 2lbs. of dry malt (to up the abv % and 7oz. of oats (mixed with the steeping grains for 35 mins).

After I brewed everything up and mixed well, I took an OG reading and it came back as 1.070. Now my question is this, will my FG be the same AND should I still use the 2 week primary and 1 week secondary? Or, should I extend those times a bit?

Also, I pitched the yeast at 70F, but we keep the house in the mid 60's. Will keeping it at 65F be ok? I put some xmas lights wrapped around and then a towel around the lights to add a bit heat....and it's festive.

Any help would be great!

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Old 12-05-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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I think I would just do 3 week primary and no secondary. Never used that particular strain but mid 60's is perfect for most ale yeasts.

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Old 12-05-2010, 07:41 PM   #3
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65 degrees should be OK if you used the 004 yeast. White labs says between 65-68. Your FG may end up a little higher. The yeast will only attenuate so much, lets say 70%. So there is a correlation between the OG and the FG. With a stout I wouldn't bother to secondary. Just do a 3 week primary. Clarity (although a secondary isn't necessary for clarity) will not be an issue anyway.

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How am I going to add the vanilla though if I don't secondary?

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Post a pic of that fermenter lit up like a tree!

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Sorry I didn't see the vanilla. You could probably still just primary but I would move to a secondary like you proposed. When I did my oatmeal stout it was something like 3 weeks primary and than one week on the vanillia in the secondary. You'll be fine.

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