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Old 10-17-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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I want to make a vanilla stout with bourbon and nutmeg. I found a decent recipe I want to modify and was wondering..
1) would I just use while vanilla beans chopped and soak them during secondary fermentation??
2) would I add the nutmeg to the mash or same time as the vanilla?
3)for the bourbon should I soak the vanilla beans in bourbon or just add bourbon before bottling??

What works? What doesn't? Thanks ton!!

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Old 10-17-2012, 04:56 PM   #2
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Vanilla beans should be split lengthwise once, scraped, and either steeped in a hot liquid or added to the secondary. You don't "chop" them.

Nutmeg could be added around flameout or in the secondary. Personally, I would boil a spice "tea" with the vanilla, bourbon, nutmeg and then add that strained liquid spiced tea to taste... a little at flameout and a little in the secondary. Nutmeg can be quite potent in flavor so be careful.

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Old 10-17-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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It is my understanding that you split the vanilla beans lengthwise then "scrap" the inside. I just added two madagascar vanilla beans to my 5gal holiday dubble. I split, scrapped, soaked them in vodka for a couple of days to extract more oils from them, then I poured everything, vodka and beans, into the secondary. Its only been a week but the vanilla flavor is definitely there, but not overpowering.

As far as the nutmeg, I think that is more of a preference thing. I prefer 5 min, but you could do either or both.

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Old 10-17-2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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Thank you guys for the responses!!


Time to get some afternoon turns in at ABasin!!

Prost!!

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