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LLBeanJ 06-04-2012 01:56 AM

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Okay, folks, here's an update on my adventures with this brew...

I ended up brewing it twice. For my first attempt, here was the plan and here was the results. To summarize the first attempt, I veered away sharply from one8tvw's recipe and didn't care much at all for the results.

Not to be easily deterred, I decided to take another stab at it. I basically used one8tvw's recipe with some slight mods. I dialed back the OG, shooting for an ABV in the low 6's and I subbed Cascade for the Saaz because that's what I had available. I also racked over a Wyeast 3068 yeast cake from a Hefe that I kegged earlier that day and then fermented at 70° in an effort to get some banana esters from the yeast and used a 5 gallon paint strainer bag to contain the puree and vanilla beans when I moved it to secondary after 14 days in primary. Some of the puree still got through, but most was contained in the bag and I've yet to pour a glass with any floaties present.

The verdict: Awesome beer!!! Explosive banana flavor with a hint of vanilla and a nice boozy rum presence in the background. It came in at 6.3% after primary, so it's actually somewhere north of that with the bananas and rum. Everyone who's tried it so far has loved it. This recipe is a definite keeper and I am pretty sure that popular demand is going to require that I brew this one a couple times a year at a min.

Thanks for doing the legwork on this one, one8tvw!!! My hat's off to you.

jdub44 06-21-2012 02:12 PM

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You're not kidding about the trub from the banana! I brewed mine on 6/2, transferred to secondary on 6/10 on top of 4.6 lbs of bananas puréed with 10 oz of Sailor Jerry spiced rum and two more split vanilla beans. I plan on keeping in secondary for another 2 weeks before kegging. I'm glad I bumped the recipe up to 6 gal now!

WarrantedFED 09-30-2012 11:17 PM

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Just kegged mine.

I added 1/2 lb of midnight wheat. So I call it "Midnight in the Garden of Bananas"

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dongemus 12-02-2012 08:50 PM

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Have it here in the primary, about to go into the secondary. That's ~10 lbs of banana in the trub. I'll upload a full post on how I made this if it turns out good.

ChrisL_ 07-17-2013 02:49 AM

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So I racked this onto the banana rum mixture 14 days ago and went away for holidays and I came home to what you see below. Anyone brew this and see anything like it?

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A couple of notes.

1. I had no lid for my bucket with a hole for the bung/airlock and when I drilled the hole it made a few cracks so a bit of air may have got in.
2. I input in a mesh bag and used it to lift out the banana mixture.
3. I took a sample and it reads 1.006
4. I don't detect any off favours. The banana flavour is there, albeit just barely. The taste is not bad, but having said that I have not yet learned to appreciate the taste of hydro samples. To me they are just warm flat green beer.



rappell 08-24-2013 09:34 PM

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I brewed last Saturday an the og was 1.073. Checked it today when going to secondary with bananas.........1.010! ABV 8.3... Tastes great? I had the vanilla beans in the Sailor Jerry for a month. Anyone have an idea how much the abv will go up do to the rum?

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leighna 12-15-2013 01:57 PM

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I attempted a gluten free version of this using a basic recipe and then added the banana rum mix at secondary. This is 24 hours on and that gross mix floating at the top looks like it's breathing.

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