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Old 01-19-2013, 04:32 PM   #11
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Could you also supply us with the ingredients and step by step. That's always helpful. Or if you just ordered a kit and added bourbon and vanilla that works too.

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Old 01-20-2013, 05:02 PM   #12
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I looked at a bunch of different recipes on Hopville and decided on this one.

9 lbs Dark Malt extract
8 oz Black malt
8 oz Roasted Barley
4 oz Carafa III
4 oz Briess Caramel 120L
2 oz Willamette 60 min
1 oz Cascade 15 min
1 oz Cascade 1 min
1 tsp Irish Moss 15 min
8 oz Bourbon (I decided on Jim Beam mostly due to price)
2 Vanilla Beans soaked in bourbon for 48 hours

It was in the primary for 2 weeks before adding beans and bourbon. Now I am just checking every few days to see how the flavor of the bourbon and vanilla is coming along I am considering racking for a 3rd time and letting settle for a few weeks before kegging, or I will just keg it and wait a couple of weeks before carbing.

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Old 01-21-2013, 02:58 PM   #13
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Where did you get the vanilla beans?

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Old 01-21-2013, 03:23 PM   #14
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Where did you get the vanilla beans?
Check your LHBS.

I have 6... yes 6 vanilla beans soaking in 2 cups of bourbon (knob creek single batch) The smell of that is quite nice. All that goes into my secondary on Saturday for 3-4 months
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:05 PM   #15
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How many gallons are you brewing currently? I have a 5 gallon batch. I just checked it to see where the flavor is at and I feel like I have over vanillaed my beer. It does not taste bad, its actually pretty good but the vanilla flavor is coming through more than the beer itself and little to no bourbon flavor seems to be there. 6 beans seems like it would be a vanilla stout, heavy on the vanilla.....but maybe that is what you want. I wanted subtle vanilla and bourbon so I over did it. It has only been 2 days since I last tasted it yet and I thought it needed a little more time. Apparently 2 days was too much.

I got my beans at the grocery store. Two large beans for 6.49. My LHBS was 9.99 but I have seen where others have found them online for cheap. I am sure like anything there are good beans and not so good beans which may explain using 6 (unless of course it is a 10 gallon batch or something like that).

I suggest you check your been often. I was but then figured a couple days would be good, I let it go a little too long, but then again I have found that the flavors mellow and meld into eachother so maybe it will all work out. Like I said it still tasted good just not exactly what I wanted.

I thought about adding more bourbon but I dont know if that will help much or just mess it up.

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Old 01-21-2013, 05:19 PM   #16
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How many gallons are you brewing currently? I have a 5 gallon batch. I just checked it to see where the flavor is at and I feel like I have over vanillaed my beer. It does not taste bad, its actually pretty good but the vanilla flavor is coming through more than the beer itself and little to no bourbon flavor seems to be there. 6 beans seems like it would be a vanilla stout, heavy on the vanilla.....but maybe that is what you want. I wanted subtle vanilla and bourbon so I over did it. It has only been 2 days since I last tasted it yet and I thought it needed a little more time. Apparently 2 days was too much.

I got my beans at the grocery store. Two large beans for 6.49. My LHBS was 9.99 but I have seen where others have found them online for cheap. I am sure like anything there are good beans and not so good beans which may explain using 6 (unless of course it is a 10 gallon batch or something like that).

I suggest you check your been often. I was but then figured a couple days would be good, I let it go a little too long, but then again I have found that the flavors mellow and meld into eachother so maybe it will all work out. Like I said it still tasted good just not exactly what I wanted.

I thought about adding more bourbon but I dont know if that will help much or just mess it up.
I am doing a 5 gallon.

My last RIS I used 2 vanilla beans with half as much bourbon, and oak chips. There wasn't too much vanilla that I could taste coming through, the oak might have covered it up too much, that's why I took it out this time around. I got 3 vanilla bead for like $3.xx I believe, I picked up 2 becaue I wanted to use 4 beans, but there were some vanilla beans that seemed pretty dried up( the black seeds ( are they seeds??) inside seemed fine, so I just tossed them alll in there. I am going for a heavy on the vanilla with a the bourbon in the background. I didnt notice the bourbon in the last one really at all, so I figure I would double it. I will check it in the secondary, but I have a feeling the vanilla wont get more and more stronger in taste.

You can add more bourbon you feel would be best for taste, yuo can keep adding until its where you want it.
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I am contemplating it. I am going to keg it today and let it condition in there for a while and see what happens to the vanilla flavor. Hopefully it will settle and more bourbon will come through. If after a couple weeks the bourbon is still unnoticeable I will add more, I have heard anywhere from 4 oz all the way up to a pint. I tried 4 and got virtually nothing so I added 3 more and then 1 more until I thought it was detectable but not over bearing. Now I am thinking I may need to add more so we will see how it goes.

The beans I bought were very fresh and moist, packaged in a glass jar, and I think they were already infused with some bourbon already but I soaked them for 2 days before adding to the secondary. I was thinking about adding a half of bean to a fifth of boubon and letting it sit for a spell then pouring over ice it smelled really good going into the carboy.

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Old 01-22-2013, 09:03 PM   #18
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Hey I was just wondering what yeast you used.

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Safale 04, I will try a different yeast next time just for comparison sake

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Safale 04, I will try a different yeast next time just for comparison sake
I used a Wyeast American ale yeast smack pack... 2 of them. My last one I used super high gravity yeast wlp 1099. That def did it's job.
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