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Old 03-02-2013, 04:20 PM   #501
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Giving this a shot today with Denny's Favorite yeast. I think I saw a couple people say it comes out good with that one as well.

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Old 03-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #502
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Giving this a shot today with Denny's Favorite yeast. I think I saw a couple people say it comes out good with that one as well.
You from g rap michigan? If so theres a thread I started in the michigan section about brewing at other peoples houses.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:28 PM   #503
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Kegged on Tuesday night...filled two cornies to the brim. Sitting on gas to carb and then I'm bottling from the keg for easy transport and sharing.

Ended up adding double the amount of vanilla beans as the taste just wasn't coming through with the first addition of two beans per carboy. When I went from primary to secondary to add the vanilla, I had enough to fill nine 12 oz bottles and I added bourbon to them and holy smokes are they good. Can't wait to try them with the vanilla as well.

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Old 03-08-2013, 03:13 PM   #504
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Kegged on Tuesday night...filled two cornies to the brim. Sitting on gas to carb and then I'm bottling from the keg for easy transport and sharing.

Ended up adding double the amount of vanilla beans as the taste just wasn't coming through with the first addition of two beans per carboy. When I went from primary to secondary to add the vanilla, I had enough to fill nine 12 oz bottles and I added bourbon to them and holy smokes are they good. Can't wait to try them with the vanilla as well.
Are you splitting, gutting, and chopping the vanilla beans? I do this and i get the vanilla character within 24-48 hours. Sometimes too much.

However, i always add the vanilla once the beer is carbed in the keg. I use hop bags that can be removed when i know it tastes the way i want it to. Best way to control it IMO.

It always puzzles me when i hear people say they added two spilt and gutted vanilla beans to 5 gallons and don't get any vanilla after weeks.

I've now tried 3 different types of vanilla bean and i always get TONS of vanilla character really fast.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:23 PM   #505
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I'm going to brew this today. I had .5lb of Chocolate (400) left over from another stout, so I am using it instead of the Chocolate (350). What characteristics of the beer will change due to this?

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Whoa! Left the vanilla in a bit too long, it has a very strong vanilla taste. Any idea if the vanilla will mellow with age?

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Old 03-28-2013, 05:00 AM   #507
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Whoa! Left the vanilla in a bit too long, it has a very strong vanilla taste. Any idea if the vanilla will mellow with age?
How long did you leave it ? and how many beans ?
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2 beans. 1 week.

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2 beans. 1 week.
The vanilla will mellow with age. Must have been strong beans. I usually do three beans for two weeks.
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The vanilla will mellow with age. Must have been strong beans. I usually do three beans for two weeks.
It does seem to mellow fairly quickly for me. Many times it only takes a few days for my beer to have too much vanilla for only two beans. However, I keg the beer and it's possible that a lot of the vanilla settles to the bottom of the keg and the later pours just have less of the vanilla character.
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