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Old 01-13-2011, 12:51 AM   #221
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Did you get head retention? I see it formed well with yours....

Did you vary the recipe at all to get that?
I made the recipe as is with no changes except I left out the bourbon. No problems with head. I used 2 Madagascar beans from my LHBS.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:01 AM   #222
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Here's a photo of my batch poured into an over-sized tulip. Again, I followed the recipe exactly, used 2 Madagascar Vanilla Beans, and about 12 ounces of Makers Mark Bourbon.

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Old 01-13-2011, 02:16 PM   #223
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Here's a photo of my batch poured into an over-sized tulip. Again, I followed the recipe exactly, used 2 Madagascar Vanilla Beans, and about 12 ounces of Makers Mark Bourbon.

Man that looks tasty...

Great to know you can still get head retention with this recipe, wouldn't really want a robust porter to not have that....

Thanks for the responses.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:39 PM   #224
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I just brewed this 2 weeks ago and about to rack it onto the vanilla beans. I tasted my hydro sample, and almost pulled another just to drink it! This is going to be a fantastic beer! I'm looking forward to the finished product.

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Old 02-18-2011, 06:28 AM   #225
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Just bottled this today. I had a hard time not standing over it and inhaling the wonderful aroma the whole time I was racking it to the bottle bucket. The sample tasted great and I usually don't like the taste of green unfermented beer. I'm super psyched to try this after its conditioned.

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Old 02-21-2011, 02:44 AM   #226
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I made this in December and oak aged it for 2 weeks. It is heavenly.

We also made 5g of it for our wedding.

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Old 03-23-2011, 01:14 PM   #227
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Gearing up to brew an extract version of this over the weekend. Quick question... I'm assuming the recommendation for the 90-120 minute boil holds true for the extract version as well? 10 or so lbs of LME plus the steeping grains puts this up as the most I've used for a 5 gallon batch before!

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Old 05-10-2011, 02:51 PM   #228
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Question on the adding of beans & bourbon...
I'm planing on chopping/scraping the beans (thinking of using 3) & soaking them in 12 oz or so of Jim Beam for 5 days or so.....then dumping into my primary about 2 weeks into fermentation for a week or so.....then keg conditioning for at least a month.

I normally don't use a secondary, am I OK to add to the primary?

According to the recipe the bourbon is usually added at botteling/kegging. Am I ok to add it with the beans in the secondary(primary?)?

Thanks for any help.

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Old 05-22-2011, 05:59 AM   #229
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As long as the fermentation is complete, you're good.

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Old 05-22-2011, 10:54 AM   #230
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I'm not mature enough at this stage of my life to store two cases of beer in my house for a year. I really want to drink this three weeks after I bottle it. Also, I don't plan on adding any bourbon. Should I only use one vanilla bean so I don't have to wait for the vanilla flavor to meld?

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