Originally Posted by Aboo
Ok, I brewed this last night with the following changes.
1.) My grain order came all combined in one big bag, so I couldn't separate the oats. Instead, I brought my water temp to 115 and steeped the whole bag for 15 minutes, then just left it all in there and brought the temp up to 155 for another 45 minutes.
2.) Used Amber extract instead of Light. Added half of the DME after the steep, then added the other half with the Lactose and Irish Moss. at the 15 minute boil point.
3.) Added bittering hops at 45 minutes instead of 60 and aroma hops at flameout.
I secondary'd this over 3 vanilla beans soaked in vanilla vodka, for 2 weeks. I just cracked open the first one last night.
I had my wife pop a couple in the freezer and unfortunately, they both froze. So when I opened the bottles the ice cap slowly rose from the neck, foaming all over the kitchen counter.
HOWEVER, the beer I rescued was an A1 winner. I loved it! I put some more in the fridge and will be enjoying them this weekend. Don't delay, make this today.
The Vanilla was subtle and perfect. Just noticable in the after-taste. This stuff is great. I will try and snap a pic and post it when I drink tomorrow.