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Old 10-25-2010, 05:55 AM   #1
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Default Victory at Sea clone recipe?

Anyone out there tried their hand at brewing a clone of Ballast Point's Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter? I brewed what started out as a Robust Porter today to which I am thinking of adding vanilla, coffee, oak or bourbon additions to the secondary. My BeerSmith OG estimate predicted 1.062 and I really overshot it at 1.073. This is taking me into Imperial Porter territory, so I'm wondering if anyone has got any ideas on how to mimic that nice vanilla and coffee quality that comes through in Ballast Point's Victory at Sea.



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Old 10-25-2010, 06:08 AM   #2
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BeerSmith Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: San Pasqual
Brewer: Saul B.
Asst Brewer:
Style: Robust Porter
TYPE: Partial Mash
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 3.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.062 SG
Estimated Color: 31.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 37.7 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
3.15 lb Pale Liquid Extract (4.0 SRM) Extract 29.17 %
3.15 lb Pale Liquid Extract [Boil for 15 min] Extract 29.17 %
2.00 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (4.0 SRM) Grain 18.52 %
0.50 lb Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 4.63 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4.63 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 4.63 %
0.50 lb Pale Chocolate Malt (218.0 SRM) Grain 4.63 %
0.50 lb Victory Malt (28.0 SRM) Grain 4.63 %
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [7.20 %] (60 min) Hops 14.6 IBU
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [7.20 %] (30 min) Hops 11.2 IBU
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.20 %] (15 min) Hops 4.2 IBU
0.75 oz Goldings, East Kent [7.20 %] (0 min) Hops -
0.25 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs West Yorkshire Ale (Wyeast #1469) 1100 ml starter


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 4.50 lb
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Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 5.63 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F



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Old 02-09-2011, 07:01 PM   #3
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Did you brew this? If so how close is it to the original?

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Old 02-09-2011, 11:49 PM   #4
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Default Still aging...

I did end up brewing it back in October, but I still have it aging the secondary fermenter. I was actually thinking about bottling it without any of the flavor additions. It has a really nice roasty caramel flavor as it is right now, with some warming alcohol notes...Really kind of tasty as is, so I may end up brewing the recipe again at some point and add the vanilla and coffee to the secondary for that one.

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Nice. I just emailed the owner and head brewer over at Ballast Point, hopefully they are willing to help out the homebrewing community.

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Ever hear back from the owner or brewer? This stuff is amazing.

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Darn. I've drank plenty of it, so I will have to try on my own

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Looking for an update ... I too emailed the crew at Ballast Point but received no reply.

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Looking for an update ... I too emailed the crew at Ballast Point but received no reply.
Long time lurker here but felt compelled to reply. Wouldn't waste your time asking Ballast Point for any recipe details surrounding VAS. I lived a couple of blocks away from them and their attached HomeBrew Mart, which is where I bought my supplies when I first started brewing. Was trying to get a coffee stout together and asked them the question "Hey I'm trying to add coffee to my beer, how do I do that? I'm looking for a result kind of like your guys' Victory At Sea." Their reply: We don't give out our recipes.

Uhh ok, just asking for some general advice here. Given that they wouldn't even give some friendly general advice about adding coffee to beer. I seriously doubt they'll even entertain responding to any more detailed requests. Shame.


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