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Old 08-10-2012, 04:19 AM   #221
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thats what suspected, but since I'm a newb I wanted some clarification. Thanks

With 2 more beans in the secondary, do you think it was too much??

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Old 08-11-2012, 10:08 PM   #222
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I entered a couple bottles from my last batch into a local homebrew competition (fruit beer category) and just got the results: 3rd place (out of 19 entries).

I'm pretty stoked to have placed, as it was my first ever homebrew competition.

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:03 PM   #223
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To anyone who has made this I have a few questions.
First off; should I peel and freeze the bananas and should it be 5 pounds peeled? After adding bananas and rum should it be 2 weeks in secondary and then another week in a triary (or whatever ) to clean it up? Will I be able to wash the yeast with the banana puree in it? And finally I only had 2 vanilla beans which I added at boil. Can I add vanilla extract and how much should I add in secondary ?
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:30 PM   #224
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i am planning on doing this brew this weekend. I think you should have 5 lbs after they have been peeled and sliced (at least that is what i got from one of his pictures). I think you add the banana puree to secondary after a week in primary. I don't believe that you will have much of an issue with clean up as it shouldn't be much worse then normal yeast cake out of a primary on any other brew. I am also wondering about the vanilla extract.

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Old 08-21-2012, 04:32 PM   #225
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No... freaking.... way.... I just heard about this dessert last week and just happened to go to a coffee stand that had a bananas foster smoothie drink.... I need to make this!

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from what people are saying here is if you stick to the original recipe here it should be an amazing brew. I am doing my this weekend.

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To anyone who has made this I have a few questions.
First off; should I peel and freeze the bananas and should it be 5 pounds peeled? After adding bananas and rum should it be 2 weeks in secondary and then another week in a triary (or whatever ) to clean it up? Will I be able to wash the yeast with the banana puree in it? And finally I only had 2 vanilla beans which I added at boil. Can I add vanilla extract and how much should I add in secondary ?
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Yes, 5 lbs peeled bananas.

I did two weeks in secondary then straight to the keg. I believe the OP did two weeks in secondary, followed by one week tertiery, then bottled.

Add pureed bananas/rum to a clean and sanitized secondary fermentation vessel. Rack beer from primary to secondary on top of the bananas. This will leave your original yeast cake behind in the primary vessel, which can then be washed if so desired.

I only added vanilla beans (2x) to secondary and none to the boil. The vanilla flavor came through nicely in the finished product. Since you added them both to the boil, I'd not get too carried away when adding extract to secondary. I'd suggest maybe a tablespoon max. Add the initial qty of extract at the start of the secondary. When you go to bottle/keg, taste it and add more if you think you want/need it.
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Cool- thats what I needed - thanks

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I am totally making a batch of banana fosters ale this weekend!

I plan some minor deviations:
- Using a little less spiced rum;
- Substituting Cascade hops during the last 15 minutes of the boil; and
- Adding 1/2 lb of cold-steeped midnight wheat for some fun color effects

Looking forward to the fun!

-Will

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Yes, 5 lbs peeled bananas.

I did two weeks in secondary then straight to the keg. I believe the OP did two weeks in secondary, followed by one week tertiery, then bottled.

Add pureed bananas/rum to a clean and sanitized secondary fermentation vessel. Rack beer from primary to secondary on top of the bananas. This will leave your original yeast cake behind in the primary vessel, which can then be washed if so desired.

I only added vanilla beans (2x) to secondary and none to the boil. The vanilla flavor came through nicely in the finished product. Since you added them both to the boil, I'd not get too carried away when adding extract to secondary. I'd suggest maybe a tablespoon max. Add the initial qty of extract at the start of the secondary. When you go to bottle/keg, taste it and add more if you think you want/need it.
I like your idea of just secondary - no tertiary; less chance of aeration and infection; question i have after one week in secondary is- did you need to strain it with your banana puree or did that fall out to the bottom?
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