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Old 06-30-2006, 06:00 AM   #11
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There's a recipe on this forum for a Caramel Vanilla Creme Ale that has been getting rave reviews...quite a few people have made it, and I have yet to hear of a batch coming out bad. Credit to Cheesefood for coming up with the idea.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?p=19258

Might be worth looking into.
Sounds awesome...I keep reading that original thread and it sounds so good. Unfortunately, it winds up being a kinda expensive brew. Definately need to splurge and try it sometime though... especially with my homemade vanilla extract.

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Old 06-30-2006, 04:49 PM   #12
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I would really try the vanilla Bean. You can put it in whole or better yet slice it down the middle and then drop it in. The flavor and auroma are unmatched. I know this from cooking not from brewing.......but my neighbor is an expeirenced brewer and he recently used 2 vanilla beans of pretty good size and his beer had almost to much vanilla flavor taking away form the porter flavor. hope this helps.

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Old 07-01-2006, 01:09 AM   #13
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I would really try the vanilla Bean. You can put it in whole or better yet slice it down the middle and then drop it in. The flavor and auroma are unmatched. I know this from cooking not from brewing.......but my neighbor is an expeirenced brewer and he recently used 2 vanilla beans of pretty good size and his beer had almost to much vanilla flavor taking away form the porter flavor. hope this helps.
So, when would you add the bean?
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Old 07-01-2006, 02:05 AM   #14
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im brewing a vanilla cream ale on the 4th...cant wait.. im using cheesefood's recipe as well.. got my stuff today..however i am going to use vanilla extract.

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Old 07-01-2006, 05:40 AM   #15
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So, when would you add the bean?

Good Question. Let me run across the street and ask the neighbor as he is a more seasoned brewer than myself(only on my second batch, but a self proclaimed great cook otherwise). If i remember right he adds it in the boil with about 10 min left, but i will check and report back. stay posted.

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Old 11-19-2008, 11:32 PM   #16
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I just bought the ingredients for a version of cheesefoods recipe on the other thread. i plan on using vanilla beans and my lhbs offers 3 in a pack. I plan on using one in the primary and 2 in the secondary. The guy at my lhbs said don't let the beans sit more than 2 weeks because they tend to sour and split them in half when you put them in. any comments?

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Old 11-21-2008, 04:07 PM   #17
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My LHBS helped me put together a Caramel Vanilla Cream recipe that is going on two weeks in the bottle right now. I used 2 beans, split and cut (4 pieces per bean) then soaked in about 1/4 cup of rum during the boil time. The rum and beans were then added to the primary. Smelled great transferring to secondary and when bottling and tasted really good when I bottled. Wish I could tell you about the finished product but just had ankle surgery and don't want to mix beer with oxycodone. Plan to try at Thanksgiving and will update then.

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Old 12-20-2008, 01:14 AM   #18
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Added honey to Brewers Best Dortmunder with Wyeast Red ale yeast and then used honey to prime. Splash of vanilla in bottom of glass prior to pour. EXCELLENT.
Its now all gone. Best beer yet.

Last batch BB Dortmunder with 1 cup honey and 1 oz Vanilla at 5 minutes. English yeast. Then at priming 1 cup honey and 3 oz Vanilla. Bottled x 1 week the refrigerated to drop yeast. Couldn't stand waiting for it to settle so tasted. Excellent, we used an orange honey so it has slight orange taste. Great vanilla aftertones and overall very good flavor.

We never use the yeast in the kits we usually use red ale or english ale liquid yeast.

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I would add the vanilla right before bottling. There is no need for it to be in there longer. Otherwise, if it is still bubbling in the secondary, a ton of that beautiful vanilla aroma and flavor is leaving the airlock with the CO2.

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