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Yes, you can add to primary after fermentation is done. Don't set a time for the vanilla...it will vary with the quality of your beans. Just start tasting after 3-5 days. The vanilla fades quickly, so let it get a bit more vanilla character than you think it needs.

I'm not a big fan of oaked beers.....I don't understand why everyone wants to oak this. Try it without oak.
I asked the same question about oak and am very glad I decided to not use it, this beer turned out fabulous. The bourbon brings just the right element of flavor needed!

I used 3 whole, long vanilla beans, split and scraped all in the secondary and sat for 10 days total. Initially it was quite strong but after 10-12 weeks bottle conditioned everything has mellowed beautifully!
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I asked the same question about oak and am very glad I decided to not use it, this beer turned out fabulous. The bourbon brings just the right element of flavor needed!

I used 3 whole, long vanilla beans, split and scraped all in the secondary and sat for 10 days total. Initially it was quite strong but after 10-12 weeks bottle conditioned everything has mellowed beautifully!
For the intensity of the vanilla you described, would you use three beans again?

For my 10 gallon batch, I split/scraped/chopped 4 beans and split them by weight - 5 grams for each 5 gallon carboy.

The beans seemed to vary in size, so I took two large and two medium and just split it evenly. Anyone else get a weight on how much vanilla they added?
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Yes, you can add to primary after fermentation is done. Don't set a time for the vanilla...it will vary with the quality of your beans. Just start tasting after 3-5 days. The vanilla fades quickly, so let it get a bit more vanilla character than you think it needs.

I'm not a big fan of oaked beers.....I don't understand why everyone wants to oak this. Try it without oak.
Awesome, thanks for the info!

I'll maybe try 1/2 with oak and 1/2 without then, and report my findings.
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For the intensity of the vanilla you described, would you use three beans again?

For my 10 gallon batch, I split/scraped/chopped 4 beans and split them by weight - 5 grams for each 5 gallon carboy.

The beans seemed to vary in size, so I took two large and two medium and just split it evenly. Anyone else get a weight on how much vanilla they added?
Yes! All 3 were about 3-4", I did not weigh them
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Yes! All 3 were about 3-4", I did not weigh them
Talking about the vanilla beans here, but mine are 7". So, I might end up with more vanilla flavor if yours are 9-12" total and I put 14" of bean into each 5 gallon carboy.
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Talking about the vanilla beans here, but mine are 7". So, I might end up with more vanilla flavor if yours are 9-12" total and I put 14" of bean into each 5 gallon carboy.
It's possible, as Denny mentioned it really comes down to what you want and you need to sample the beer as it conditions, trust me, if you sample it you will definitely taste and smell the vanilla!

Start tasting at like 3 days and go from there. Let it get a little stronger than you desire because it will fade. It's a personal thing

IMo this beer is best from 12 weeks from bottle so be patient
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It's possible, as Denny mentioned it really comes down to what you want and you need to sample the beer as it conditions, trust me, if you sample it you will definitely taste and smell the vanilla!

Start tasting at like 3 days and go from there. Let it get a little stronger than you desire because it will fade. It's a personal thing

IMo this beer is best from 12 weeks from bottle so be patient
Tomorrow is 3 days...I was planning on drinking a couple to enjoy them, but most of these, I was going to stash away until the fall. I believe this is a beer that I've read about doing well with aging.
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I believe this is a beer that I've read about doing well with aging.
Not IMO. After a couple months the flavors start to fade.
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Not IMO. After a couple months the flavors start to fade.
Dang. I was hoping to stash these away for the fall months. Make a difference between bottling or kegging?
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Dang. I was hoping to stash these away for the fall months. Make a difference between bottling or kegging?
I can't recall ever kegging it. I mean, go ahead and see what you think, but I'd recommend you think of drinking the bulk of it before fall. Or brewing another batch later!
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