Hi all, Planning on doing my first stout this coming week. Base 4700kg Chocolate 400g Flaked barley 100g Rolled oats 400g East Kent holdings 20g 60mins Progress 18g 60mins East Kent holdings 20g flameout 25litres, 1.047OG, 25 IBU's Does that sound ok? I've used an app called wort(cos it's free and want to get the hang of software before I start paying) The main concern is time in the FV. I need to do a brew this week and one next. I'll then be gone until 27th December and with everything else going on might not get bottling til 29/30 at the earliest. That's not too long is it? I have seen on here about stouts benefiting from longer conditioning times - does a few weeks in the FV help/hinder or make no odds? I thought about vanilla as well. Should I bother? If so soak it in vodka and add after fermentation a la dry hop style or at pitching time? Thanks for any advice folks!