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The highest I have tried so far is about 1.080 for a Belgium Strong. I didn't really have to do anything different (I keep 2l of water out of the mash just in case I need to raise or lower temp, then add hot or cold as required)... but that is normal practise.
Your brewing software will help calculate the strike water temp for such a big brew... but it would be about the same as a smaller grain bill brew since you will need to have extra water for the extra size mash.
Your efficiency should be normal if you are able to fit the normal grain to water ratio. Give it a good 90minutes plus mash and a few stirs during the mash.
About the only issue I would have with such a heavy beer is fitting it all in me mashtun (34l) ... i would have to target as little as a 18litres 'end brew' with a 10kilo grain bill (I can only make 25lites of 1.076 Scotch Ale and that is with batch sparging twice).
Oh and maybe it crushing my mashtun SS braided hose.
btw If yer looking at a Wee Heavy then maybe try a WLP028 yeast.
hmm that probably about the same as a burtons yeast I have had in a starter for 40+ hours and only just begining to show signs of life... but once it is there it is up and running I'll biff it into the fermenter.
US05 is okay but it is no Scottish ale yeast... just a little worried for your grain bill not getting the yeast it deserves (ie stop yakking on the internet and get a starter made.. hintyhint, if it doesn't start then use your US05)
Yeah your 45l mashtun should see you good.
Yep... should be fine. Just make sure ti is up and running (bang an airlock on it) before you pitch.
Flag knows why anyone would say other wise on yer yeast selection... 4 months old is nothing, yeah maybe you should have washed the yeast first but I think it'll get going for you.
btw after 45 hours in the starter the Burtons yeast came alive and was going crazy. I put most of the starter into a ESB and have a little left over for tonights (semi-fubar'ed) test brew (whoops, this mornings... got to get this finished and get some sleep).