My Lowes still has O2 cans afaik and I feel like HD does as well. I hope so. I scored a big O2 tank and regulator the other day. I get to put my mini torch back together again for the last time and I'll still need the little cans for it.
I'm in Winston-Salem. You have of course heard of Foothills, but we have 2 more soon to open downtown. I couldn't believe it. I feel like one could make a killing down near me near the Davidson county line(dry county).
I just start digging around the crown and when I find one I pull it up and follow it back and cut it 6-12" from the crown. Just today I pulled a late shoot out of the ground. They usually break near the surface but this one came out whole so I "planted" it in a pot that I had some grass growing...
If you dialed back the roasted malts wouldn't it be getting into the realm of Baltic porter? What yeast is normal for a Baltic porter? I'd say go with your stout grain bill and use the Baltic porter yeast.