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Old 12-23-2005, 05:25 PM   #1
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I made the Cream Alre from the Brewers Best kit. It is currently in my secondary right now. When I transfered it from Primary to Secondary I siphoned off a glass. I really enjoyed the taste, but would like to get a "vanilla" taste in it.

Where would I add "Vanilla" to this? When I transfer to bottling bucket? How much? Can I just use vanilla extract?

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Old 12-23-2005, 05:49 PM   #2
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I would get a vanilla bean if at all possible, dice it up, soak in a bit of cheapo vodka and add to your secondary.

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Old 12-23-2005, 06:41 PM   #3
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Get some good quality baker's vanilla (not vanillin) extract and add it now. It will take a while to blend in. Beans are fine, but a good extract is easier to work with.

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Old 12-23-2005, 07:40 PM   #4
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Yeah, now that I think about, vanilla beans wouldn't work very well if they weren't in the initial boil.

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Old 12-23-2005, 08:12 PM   #5
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Vanilla, eh? Sounds intriguing. Never thought of that b4.

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Old 12-23-2005, 10:20 PM   #6
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you could add some vanilla essence at bottling time too. much like some add the chocolate essence at bottling time w/ their stouts/porters/browns.....

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OK...I'm gonna go the Vanilla Extract route....now the question....HOW MUCH?

I'm totally lost....What do you think? How much should I add to the 5gal.

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that you'll just have to experiment with. just remember, a little goes a long way. keep good notes, and adjust on the next batch.

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