Board: I plan to very soon brew the Code Blue Barley Wine kit from Hoptech using Pacific Coast Brewery's original recipe. It is a pretty huge brew with 12 lbs. of fermentables and an O.G. of 1.088. Is there a value or need to double the yeast to be pitched?http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html
can help you figure out how much yeast you need. I'm pretty certain it's going to tell you that a couple of liters of starter and/or multiple packs/vials are needed.
Also, I have read about using grain bags for hops. I will be using pellet hops. Again, is there a value or need to do this?
It can help reduce hop crud left in the kettle after the boil if the mesh is fine enough; I can't remember what the mesh looks like on a grain bag but my guess is that it will help to some degree.