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Old 08-19-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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I have both beans and REAL extract that I get from the restaurant I work at, and I am considering the idea of adding a touch of vanilla flavor to my Milk Chocolate Oatmeal Stout which I will be brewing in an hour or so. I am using 8 oz of cocoa powder for the chocolate and would like that to be the prominent flavor. but considering vanilla is a factor in making chocolate I think they would compliment each other well in my beer. How would you add the vanilla, boil it for 5 or 10 minutes? add it to the primary or secondary? and which would you use, the beans or extract? and how much would be required to get just a subtle vanilla flavor and aroma? I also will be using 8 oz of lactose to give it a true Milk Chocolate flavor.



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Not sure on the beans- haven't done it, so I don't want to venture an uninformed guess.

Add the extract to secondary, a little at a time, until it tastes like you want it to. How much you need will depend on your extract, but start fairly conservatively, as you can't remove it if you add too much.



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Vanilla is a nice compliment to a chocolate stout, but a little does go a long way. I've only ever used beans because I've tasted beer with extract in it, and I like the flavor of the vanilla beans more. You would add them at secondary time (I leave everything in primary and just add them). Cut, scrape, add, and then after a few days taste. When it gets to where you want it, rack to bottling bucket or keg.

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I added a single bean to the secondary of my double chocolate stout. It was just enough to even out the bitterness and make it less harsh, but not enough that you actually taste any vanilla. Came out perfect if you ask me.

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just so i know, what would boiling them for a short period of time do? I know from cooking that heat tends to really bring out the flavor and aroma of vanilla beans, but my thinking is that sitting in fermentation might cancel that out.

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I scraped a bean and put it in the boil at about 5 min when I made my chocolate stout. Vanilla really brings out the chocolate flavor, so you won't so much taste the vanilla as just have a richer chocolate sweetness. I loved that beer and it won mutiple awards.

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just so i know, what would boiling them for a short period of time do? I know from cooking that heat tends to really bring out the flavor and aroma of vanilla beans, but my thinking is that sitting in fermentation might cancel that out.
Why would you boil it? If you're worried about sanitation, add it to vodka and then dump it in.
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Why would you boil it? If you're worried about sanitation, add it to vodka and then dump it in.
Because heat extracts the flavors...why wouldn't you boil it?
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Because heat extracts the flavors...why wouldn't you boil it?
Touche.

You get a lot of flavor out of the secondary method, and I think it allows for more control than if you add it at boil. If you add too much, you're stuck with it. If you rack onto it, you can taste until it has absorbed enough flavor to your liking.
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Why would you boil it? If you're worried about sanitation, add it to vodka and then dump it in.
Sanitation is the least of my concerns when it comes to adding to secondary, Tonedef131 has a good point, why not boil it. My concern was that it might just be a waste of the bean, however if others have had good experiences with adding them to the boil with the cocoa than I think it would really help in "melding" the flavors together.


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