Originally Posted by Dr1nkBeer
just used s-04 in a chocolate stout i saved the yeast in my flask but it like JELLY... not the usual consistancy..
Doing some searching, dug up this old thread, which got refreshed recently.
I see on one post, that S-04 is good for up to 10%, another that said it died out at 8...
I just made a "big beer" whiskey barrel stout that I added an extra 6 lbs of LME to, as well as a pound of lactose.
original gravity was around 1.100-1.105 it went like crazy the first day, spit krausen all over, then settled down. I cleaned up the airlock, top of the carboy, etc. and re-set the airlock.
it sat for 2 weeks now, and all activity is pretty much done.
Gravity now was 1.050.
one calculator says ABV is 7.22%, but another "more advanced" calculator says it's 8.26% I was kind of hoping that by doubling the fermentables, I would double the target alcohol. original target gravity was 1.050, and I pretty much doubled that. target alcohol was 5-6%, so I was shooting for around 10%
so...did my S-04 yeast die off in the alcohol? or did it really consume all the sugars?
Another question... on this stuff... since it's whiskey stout, I put the wood chips into a sanitized carboy, and added a few ounces of my favorite scotch for some more flavor and to help make sure the wood is sterile, and I'm going to leave it in the secondary for a couple months, maybe bottle in mid-March.
Do I need to worry about such a long lag time and having the yeast go dormant? or if they are dead, adding more, higher tolerant yeast, to be sure they can bottle condition and carbonate properly?
WHEW....is that enough questions in one post?!