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Old 12-02-2010, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Northern Brewer Bourbon Barrel / variation idea?

This is my first time brewing this beer. I hear its great, however I am thinking about adding a little maple and coffee to the mix. Trying to mimic a Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout. Anyone try this or have any feedback on the idea?
I'll be adding the oak and Bourbon in about 24 hours...


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Old 12-02-2010, 11:15 PM   #2
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Bourbon Barrel is one of my favorite beers and I try to have it on tap all of the time. For my tastes, I like a little more bourbon. I also use vanilla beans. I think your idea of some coffee added to the mix is a good idea!

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Old 12-03-2010, 12:21 AM   #3
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How much bourbon do you add? I want something a little more mellow then Goose Island's Bourbon County but not too mellow. I want to be able to taste the bourbon without it being over powering.

Vanilla is a good idea, I think it may help the oak a bit.

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My first attempt, I felt the oak vs. the bourbon was too much oak. So I added more bourbon until it tasted good to me. Ended up doubling the amount of bourbon. The next batch I added the vanilla beans and felt it added smoothness and mellowness to the recipe. Hope this helps...

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Old 12-03-2010, 01:25 AM   #5
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Doubling the amount of bourbon.

Gary
You used 32oz opposed to the 16

I think I'll start with 16 and be prepared to the whole fifth if needed.

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Old 12-03-2010, 01:31 AM   #6
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Also, how much vanilla bean did you add?

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I made this and used Wild Turkey 80 proof, 16oz. Soaked the oak cubes for a good two weeks and poured it all in the secondary. I'm very happy with the bourbon flavor and I don't think the Wild Turkey was "inferior" to something more expensive like Maker's Mark in this case. I like your idea of a little coffee though.

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