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Old 03-18-2008, 06:54 PM   #1
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I'm planning on buying a Vanilla porter kit from Austin Homebrew Supply and I've got a few questions.

I've read that a beer like a porter or a stout takes longer to be drinkable than an average ale would. I usually bottle my beers about 3 weeks after brew day and let them bottle condition for another 3-4 weeks before trying them. What would the schedule be like for a porter?

Secondly, I never use a secondary. If a porter does in fact take longer would it be better for me to buy one and rack it to a secondary once I reach FG?

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I'm not sure, but I'm in for the answer. I ordered this kit, and it smells amazing. I expect to brew mine, ferment for a week or so, then spend a few weeks in the secondary. Then I'll bottle it and let it sit in the back of my closet until the weather gets chilly after summer.

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A recipe based on hops or one that is a high alcohol beer, such as an IPA or Barley wine will take much longer to mature. Recipes based on yeast, such as a wheat beer, or based on grain, such as a stout or porter do not take very long to age at all.

It should be drinkable as soon as it naturally carbonates (2 weeks in the bottles).

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A recipe based on hops or one that is a high alcohol beer, such as an IPA or Barley wine will take much longer to mature. Recipes based on yeast, such as a wheat beer, or based on grain, such as a stout or porter do not take very long to age at all.

It should be drinkable as soon as it naturally carbonates (2 weeks in the bottles).

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Also, thanks for going the extra mile and giving me some background information rather than just a yes or no answer, I appreciate the knowledge!
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I'm planning on buying a Vanilla porter kit from Austin Homebrew Supply and I've got a few questions.

I've read that a beer like a porter or a stout takes longer to be drinkable than an average ale would. I usually bottle my beers about 3 weeks after brew day and let them bottle condition for another 3-4 weeks before trying them. What would the schedule be like for a porter?

Secondly, I never use a secondary. If a porter does in fact take longer would it be better for me to buy one and rack it to a secondary once I reach FG?

I wouldn't worry about using a secondary since nobody is going to be able to see through the beer anyways. I've done my vanilla porter twice, once used a secondary (added the vanilla extract at this time) and once without a secondary and both turned out great.
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I wouldn't worry about using a secondary since nobody is going to be able to see through the beer anyways. I've done my vanilla porter twice, once used a secondary (added the vanilla extract at this time) and once without a secondary and both turned out great.
Was it a recipe or a kit?
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Was it a recipe or a kit?
It was a basic porter recipe and then I added the vanilla extract in the secondary for one batch and into primary before pitching the yeast in the other batch.
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did this a few months ago. unfortunatley didn't get any vanilla flavoring with the kit, but had pure vanilla extract on hand so used that in the bottling bucket. i researched and heard to use real (and good) vanilla extract. ihad real vanilla, but maybe not a great one. tasted a little fake. maybe the vanilla powder that comes in the kit would make a difference. otherwise, i advise getting a bean or two and putting it in the secondary.

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I'm planning on doing the kit from austin homebrew supply, and that has a powdered extract to add at bottling time I believe. I made a vanilla ale and used good real vanila extract and that turned out great.

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