Originally Posted by Machine
I have a porter in my primary that I'm about ready to rack to the secondary either tonight or tomorrow. My question is will it turn out ok if I add vanilla extract to it at the time I rack it to the secondary. Also how much vanilla should I put it i don't want it to be to strong of a vanilla flavor.
I brewed a spiced porter back in Feb that called for a vanilla bean to be put in the secondary and 2 tsp almond extract. Vanilla beans are kind of expensive and I could have put in 2 without it getting too strong. It was the almond extract that threatened to mess it up. However now 3 1/2 months after bottling it has smoothed out and turned out to be very drinkable.
As to the vanilla; I split the bean and scraped the seeds out and put it all into the secondary along with the almond extract. If I do it again, I'll use 2 beans and 1/2 to 1 tsp almond extract.