So this past weekend I brewed the Brunch Stout All Grain - which just smelled awesome throughout the entire brew. And I measured a high gravity with the refractometer, 1.086, the suggested OG is 1.068. I thought this was way too high and double checked my calibration and it measured exactly at 1.000 with distilled water. So my question is, is this a bad thing, good thing? I did try to take longer than normal while fly sparging, almost 40 mins total time.
Also, I made a yeast starter with Safe Ale S04 and added it Sunday afternoon, it took about 8hr for it take off but has going mad all day Monday. My concern is can the yeast handle that high of an OG?
Has anyone else that has brewed the brunch stout gotten a much higher OG than suggested?