Originally Posted by kerant
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 ?
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.