Hi again folks!
I put the lager on the back burner and got going on a mini mash Imperial Stout that I was told by the LHBS would be ready by or slightly before Christmas. My grains dropped my Hot Liquor temp down farther than I expected, so most of my mashing time was trying to hit the right temp (and overshooting a bit to 160). Nevertheless, I got 1.092 OG and pitched some WLP004 that I had made a starter out of a day or two in advance. 12 hours later, and there was a ton of bubbling coming out of the blowoff tube. Still bubbling merrily away (sounds kind of like an idling diesel) 2 days later.
The recipe called for soaking some whiskey barrel chips in whiskey during the primary and racking onto the whole mess of whiskey and chips for secondary. Firstly, I replaced the whiskey with a Speyside Scotch, but how long do I need to make the secondary to allow this to do its thing? How long, for that matter, do I bottle condition before I can start drinking/giving these away?. Also, if I am racking onto a mix of Scotch and oak chips, can I still use gelatin finings, or do those not work with exposure to liquor?