Figured it was about time for some closure on this thread. I'll be frank; I absolutely hate this ****. I catch one whiff of it and it stays with me in my nose for hours. It has made my bottling bucket and most of my equipment reek of vanilla and I smell it every time I enter my basement to check on my other beers - despite it having been bottles over a month ago. Every time I clean bottles, one or two bottles that contained this concoction are in the mix and the misery of washing bottles is further worsened by the stench releasing from my bottle cleaning tub.
With that being said, my girlfriend and mom totally love this stuff. My mom has been having a couple per week which is pretty out of character as she prefers wine. My girlfriend asks me to bring some every time I'm over. Checked this morning and I'm down to less than 10 bottles.
Unfortunately I will be brewing this again, against my will, for my girlfriend and mom. Thanks for the recipe!