So here's the pertinent info. Memorial day we did a barrel brew of a Russian Imperial Stout. This was pitched into a 53 gal Bourbon Barrel (that apparently still had some bourbon in it, how much I do not know). This beer was pulled out of the barrel last night and I would like to get this sucker bottled but I am not sure I will be able to with the beer at its current state. I don't normally do this high of a gravity beer, and I really do not bottle all that much either. So I am at a loss at the moment.
Brewed on 5/28/2012
A HEALTHY pitch of 1098 was thrown in (supplied form a local micro).
The gravity got down to 1.040 (which is where 1098 poops out), so some S-05 was thrown on it, which had zero effect.
Gravity was still 1.040 last night when it was pulled. Even if I add priming sugar at this point, the ABV (right at 10%) will be too high for any yeast that may still be in this beer to actually carbonate, correct (since 1098 is only tolerant up to 10%)?
The beer tastes fantastic, I'm not concerned about wringing extra gravity points out of it. I just want to be able to bottle up my 7 gal worth and let it carbonate and condition. Even going to put some in some fancy 750 ml cage and cork bottles (I said I don't bottle all that often
). At the same time, I don't want to make any bottle bombs either.
So what do I need to do to ensure that this sucker will carbonate in the bottle? Any help is greatly appreciated.