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Old 11-03-2009, 01:47 AM   #21
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http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=10317592

That's what I've been using for a while now.
I swear by Nielsen Massey extracts but I did pick the Watkins vanilla up for another purpose in a pinch and it was good.
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:02 AM   #22
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I swear by Nielsen Massey extracts but I did pick the Watkins vanilla up for another purpose in a pinch and it was good.
Good and cheap. I typically use about 2 oz in my brews give or take a bit b/c I don't like it very strong. I'm making a chocolate vanilla porter right now. It's Bee Cave Breweries Robust Porter that I racked onto 8 oz hersheys 100% cocoa powder. I'm thinking about making it vanilla, but I tasted a sample tonight and I'm not sure if it needs it!

How much of that Nielsen Massey vanilla extract do you like to use?
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:00 PM   #23
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Flat bottom with a trolling motor? Probably about what I've spent on brewing this year.

Lol, J/k.

I know what you mean and it's worth the money imo, but I've found you can get the same flavor with tuned in with extract. Granted you're using high quality extract. You can't use the artificial crap.
Here's where I got my beans . . very nice quality and decent price . . .

http://www.beanilla.com/vanilla-bean...la-c-1_17.html
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:20 PM   #24
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Well if you can get it I recommend Woodford Reserve - one of the best bourbons for the bang. Maker's Mark is sooooooo overrated. Knob creek would be tasty! When I made a vanilla porter (no oak) I used Buffalo Trace which is great for $20. Its a really oaky bourbon and its flavors complemented my porter beautifully.

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Old 11-03-2009, 02:20 PM   #25
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Here's where I got my beans . . very nice quality and decent price . . .

http://www.beanilla.com/vanilla-bean...la-c-1_17.html
No, that's an amazing price. I may pick some of those up.

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Old 11-03-2009, 02:52 PM   #26
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The Spice House - Vanilla Beans, Madagascar "Bourbon Islands"

Interesting read about Vanilla Beans....

We have a couple Spice House locations here in the Chicagoland area. This is where I always go for spices. I would recommend ANYONE in Chicago check them out. They are very knowledgeable, you buy your spices VERY cheap, and a lot of the employees I've talked to knows quite a bit about beer and was able to recommend a few things for me.

$1.89 ain't bad....
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:02 PM   #27
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The Spice House - Vanilla Beans, Madagascar "Bourbon Islands"

Interesting read about Vanilla Beans....

We have a couple Spice House locations here in the Chicagoland area. This is where I always go for spices. I would recommend ANYONE in Chicago check them out. They are very knowledgeable, you buy your spices VERY cheap, and a lot of the employees I've talked to knows quite a bit about beer and was able to recommend a few things for me.

$1.89 ain't bad....
Heck no $1.89 isn't bad. At my local grocery store they're like $9.00 for 2.
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Old 11-07-2009, 06:20 PM   #28
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Here's where I got my beans . . very nice quality and decent price . . .

http://www.beanilla.com/vanilla-bean...la-c-1_17.html
+1. Very good beans and prices.
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:52 PM   #29
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Just brewed up my first 2.5 gallon batch of this last night. It is smelling good, and tasting great. It has a delicious roasted malt character to it right now, and I can definitely see how the vanilla and bourbon are going to complement this.

I'll be brewing up the second batch tonight. Too bad this darned recipe takes so freaking long to condition, I have a hard enough time waiting the 6 weeks for an average brew, let alone the 2-3 months needed for this one.

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Old 11-13-2009, 05:26 PM   #30
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Then don't wait 2-3 months. I don't. AFAIAC, this beer is best within the first month after brewing.

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