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Old 05-21-2010, 03:17 AM   #1
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I will soon be brewing a Porter from a Brewer's Best kit. I would like to flavor this particular batch. To date I have not deviated from the few kits I have brewed and am an intermediate brewer at best. Any suggestions for spicing up my brew a bit?

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Old 05-21-2010, 03:56 AM   #2
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add some vanilla beans soaked in bourbon. ive brewed that kit before, its an ok kit but lacks body. but good luck

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Old 05-21-2010, 05:16 AM   #3
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I will soon be brewing a Porter from a Brewer's Best kit. I would like to flavor this particular batch. To date I have not deviated from the few kits I have brewed and am an intermediate brewer at best. Any suggestions for spicing up my brew a bit?
most kits I have gotten I have bumped up the malt extract/hops ratio. this is merely a personal preference thing, so if you have gotten brew kits from them before and enjoyed them I would not advise tweaking the recipe. IF you are talking about like a flavor addition, then either vanilla beans(like the above post states^) or coffee. vanilla is a nice contrast, but coffee blends very well, especially if you use good coffee. Again, this is a personal preference of mine, so you might not like/enjoy as much as I do. But these are the ways I have used to spice up kits before I started putting my own recipes together
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:07 AM   #4
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add some vanilla beans soaked in bourbon. ive brewed that kit before, its an ok kit but lacks body. but good luck
I like this idea! When would be a good time to add the vanilla beans?
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ferment the beer out like normal, in a small jar add enough bourbon and scrape 2 beans out and add them to the bourbon. this will sanitize them as well as extract the vanilla flavor. if you do a secondary add this to the secondary, but if your lazy like i am and do really long primaries, add it to the primary once the majority of fermentation is done.

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Old 05-21-2010, 04:34 PM   #6
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Thank you. I had read the vanilla / bourbon idea earlier and this confirms that it will be a good choice. How much bourbon should I use? It is important to note that a good bourbon is second to a good beer in my book (the ol' lady does not let me keep it around the house much any more though ).

Any thoughts on a good hop to use for dry hopping an american pale ale (cascade bittering / willamette aroma)?

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Toast 1-2lbs of unsweetend coconut and add it in secondary for about 5-7 days.
Makes a great Toasted Coconut Porter

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Adding some smoked malt (not peated malt) for a smoked porter is nice!!!

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Adding some smoked malt (not peated malt) for a smoked porter is nice!!!
+1 for smoke malt. It must be converted though.

soak oak chips in bourbon and add to the secondary....

oak, bourbon smoked porter FTW
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Any thoughts on a good hop to use for dry hopping an american pale ale (cascade bittering / willamette aroma)?
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