Ok so I am planning to brew a clone of Surly Darkness, this recipe http://hopville.com/recipe/1028050
in particular. I am planning to use WLP007 for the yeast as I have used it before in several beers, I hear that WLP007 is Surly's house yeast and I hear it is great in high gravity beers. FWIW, I also have a packet of Wyeast 1335 which is what NB sells with their Surly clones. I also have a vial of WLP099 that I was considering pitching midway through fermentation. I have the capability of making 2l starters using a stir plate as well, which obviously I will do for this beer. This batch will also be bottle conditioned and half of it will be on bourbon soaked oak chips. My question is
1) Will the WLP007 be enough to not only ferment this beer but then bottle condition it?
2) Should I use the WLP099 at all? My reading on Darkness seems to suggest that part of the appeal is the creamy thick profile and my reading on WLP099 suggest it can over attentuate
3) Should I add something like S05 at bottling? I have had experience with bigger beers where I use yeast that is fine for fermenting the beer but after conditioning for a while the yeast just won't carb up. To combat this I plan to leave it in primary for no more than a month and bottle it, the oaked half will go a bit longer obviously.
Thanks for any help! And also if anyone has tried to brew a Darkness clone or similar big stout please chime in.