This is my first higher gravity beer i've tried brewing. It's a Russion Imperioal Stout from an extract kit I purchased at my local homebrew store (Alternative Beverage rocks!). He'res what i've done so far....
11 lbs DME (5 light and 6 dark)
1 bag speciality malts - black patent, crystal flaked barley and roasted barley
3 zo northern Brewer pettet hops
1 oz Fuggle plug hops I'm tossing in my secondary when the time comes
I used a combination of Windsor and Champagne yeast. Created about a 2 cup starter from my DME once it was disolved in warm water. I added them both at once which after reading on the forums may or may not have been a good idea.
SG was 1.09 a little lower than I was hoping for but not much I could do about it.
Its been in my tub here for a week at about 74 deg. I noticed some active fermentation on day 2-3 but it's slowed down to a crawl with a bubble every 10 minutes or so. Is this normal? I guess I was expecting it to be a bit more active. I took a measurement and my gravity is around 1.034 right now. My kit calls for a TG or around 1.01 - 1.03.
With high gravity beers I keep reading to give it time. I was going to transfer to my secondary and start my dry hop but wasn't sure if I should do it now or wait another week. Is there any danger in leaving the hops in the secondary for more than a week?
Although I started kegging, I think I'm going bottle this one only because I don't want to tie up my keg for 6 months since I plan on breaking this stout out around Christmas. That or get another keg....
Sorry for all the questions but I'm really hoping this guy turns out well.
TIA for any help.