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Old 09-22-2012, 02:13 AM   #221
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Thanks, Denny. I appreciate your help!

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Old 09-25-2012, 03:13 AM   #222
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Not ideal but this will work in a emergency . Take a piece of sanitized racking cane 3/8" and put it into your hole in the bing where your airlock would normally be.
Isn't it called a carboy bung? So you should really be putting that cane in the hole in your bung, you wacky kids.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:50 AM   #223
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I rarely if ever rack to secondary anymore. Once you're sure this beer is done fermenting would adding the vanilla into the primary give substandard results?

Ideally I'd rather add the vanilla to the primary, and then rack onto bourbon when I keg it.

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Old 09-26-2012, 05:10 PM   #224
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I rarely if ever rack to secondary anymore. Once you're sure this beer is done fermenting would adding the vanilla into the primary give substandard results?

Ideally I'd rather add the vanilla to the primary, and then rack onto bourbon when I keg it.
Yeah, that should be fine. I hardly ever use a secondary any more, either, but I do for this one. Old habit, I guess, but I don't think it's crucial.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:46 AM   #225
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I poured this at an underground beer festival/private party last weekend. Everyone LOVED it!! Many, many people came up to me and said it was their favorite beer at the festival. Pretty excited since there were quite a few excellent (IMO) beers there. Glad I have another keg aging for the holidays!! Thanks again Denny!!

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Old 11-05-2012, 04:46 PM   #226
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Legged this last night, after I had gotten really busy and let it sit on the vanilla for 20 days. I think it's going to need a while to mellow.

Fortunately I had done a 8gal batch so I also kegged almost 3 gal I had split off into a raspberry porter.

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:52 PM   #227
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The vanilla will fade quite a bit in the first few weeks.

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Old 11-18-2012, 02:53 PM   #228
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Kegged today. Made this 2 months ago. Went from 1.077 down to 1.017. Two beans after 2 weeks fermentation and Dropped 1.25 oz oak cubes soaked in bourbon. Left oak & vanilla for 7 weeks. A little worried. Slightly vinous character. Wasn't really getting anything else coming through. I believe (or hope) that after a week on gas this mellows and melds.

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:17 AM   #229
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Tasted it for the first times since kegging tonight. Vanilla has faded a bit and is very pleasant. Beer is quite boozy so I'm curious to see if that boozy taste will mellow a bit. I added the bourbon by pouring 375ml of makers mark into my sanitized keg and then racking the beer on top.

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:21 AM   #230
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I opened my first one this weekend. I used two vanilla beans (per recipe) and left them in for two weeks, and I have NO vanilla flavor at all. I'm wondering if I should have used more beans or left them in longer. Tastes AMAZING otherwise, though. I'll definitely be brewing this one again!

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