Sounds like your re-do has come off nicely! Well done
Specially with that massive starter!
I ended up bottling on Thursday night. Will take monthly samples to see how this thing goes. The 1 thing I can offer - take it as you will - is that, based on my current tasting notes, I would pull it out of the initial fermentation at 7 days instead of 9 or any longer. I think I am getting some of the diacetyl flavor.
Overall, the taste isn't bad that I had at bottling time. It does seem to me that I'm getting some of that "butterscotch flavor" that indicates diacetyl in the beer.
Regarding your question, you'll find some good info on the forum regarding what diacetyl is. In short terms - if I remember right - it's a byproduct of the yeast eating the sugars at low temps and creates a butter or butterscotch flavor in the beer. The "diacetyl rest" is done before the lagering period because the room temp allows the yeast to kick back into high gear and the yeast actually cleans this byproduct up on its own.
SO, I would suggest not waiting 2 weeks but that's your call. Next time, I'll probably only go for 7.
My final readings were not done in the correct order I think. I got my SG at 1.060 @ 82 (good for you for pitching at 60!). My next reading was 1.016 at 63 but that was AFTER my diacetyl rest if I remember right. So, I should have taken the reading at 5-7 days.
My final reading was 1.016 as well so nothing changed at all during the lagering period. That puts the recipe at 6.3% ABV according to Rooftop Brew's calculator.
Best of luck!
Green, you're welcome to the thread - it's an open forum
I will keep your recipe on hand too and may make it next year to do some experimenting on what I like. Regarding your question on the water - I can't answer unfortunately. I did not add any brewing salts and just used my standard tap water and filtered water to top off to the 5 gal mark. The water in this area is....well, balanced I guess. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. But that's an interesting comment. Will have to look into that a tad more.