Here's the deal:
I ordered a kit for a Vanilla Porter from a very well known and reputable brew shop who markets their own kits. I'm planning on brewing it with my little brother as a sort of tutorial for him, but the recipe is very standard. This is not a bad thing, but I'm trying to utilize this recipe not only to show the bare skeleton of how a normal partial-mash brew day goes down, but also how certain fresh/local ingredients can be added to a brew to give it a new dimension of flavor.
So instead of using the powdered vanilla flavoring that came with the kit, I plan on soaking 2 vanilla beans (cleaned and quartered) in a few ounces of bourbon and adding this at bottling.
I was wondering if anyone has thoughts regarding adding a half-pound or so of mollasses or maple syrup to this recipe and if it is advisable.
I'm not going to post the recipe, but this is a roasty porter that, sans any extra ingredients, will yield an OG of 1.054 or something close. (ABV of 5.2-5.6%)
Will adding these extra accoutrements throw off the balance of this brew? How much molassess or maple syrup is "too much" in this case?