So going to be doing a cocoa vanilla beer this thursday and can't find alot of recipes out there for them. Got this recipe from a friend and since I
new I don't know of there's anything missing or anything I need to add/change? I would like to stress however, and I know I might get some crap for it, that I'm looking for a cocoa vanilla beer that dominates with the cocoa and vanilla, only minor hops here and as much as I hesitate to say it, ONE DIMENSIONAL. Here's the recipe....
1.0 lbs. Weyermann Carafa® III
0.5 lbs. American Caramel 120°L
0.5 lbs. Chocolate Malt
6.0 lbs. Dry Extra Light Extract
0.5 oz. Magnum (Whole, 13 %AA) boiled 120 min.
16 oz. of cocoa powder (use Nestles) at 15 minutes left in the boil
2 vanilla beans, halved and scraped, added at 5 minutes left in the boil
Cool and pitch 1 quart starter of White Labs WLP002 English Ale
My thoughts on the recipe are, us 16oz of cocoa enough? Is the vanilla enough? Should I add it in the boil? Should I add another bean or 2 to the secondary and or should I make an extract using vodka or white rum??
Sorry I know it's alot of questions but Id really like to get this perfect, it will be a christmas Present for most of the family.