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Old 02-10-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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My next beer venture is a vanilla cream ale. The kit I'm buying is just a plain cream ale so I'm sprucing it up myself. Anyone have a good idea about the amount and time of addition for vanilla extract to get the best flavor?

And as a side note I have some left over whole magnum hops...what styles would magnum fit best in?
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:10 PM   #2
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Try doing this one... and not the kit

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/caramel-cream-ale-2435/
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:15 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NNatic View Post
Try doing this one... and not the kit

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/caramel-cream-ale-2435/
How do you know the kit is no good? Here's what's in it...

3.3 lbs Northwestern Extra Light
3 lbs Northwestern Gold Dry Malt
.5lb 2-row
.5lb Pilsner malt

1 oz Cascade (60)
1 oz Saaz (20)

WL Cali Ale
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:19 PM   #4
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i dont know that it is good or bad, but this was a HUUUUGE hit on the forums a while back - look how many pages are in the thread.

It is a known Vanilla Creme Ale success.
Also i could be wrong, but even the recipe i gave is not a true creme but they use lactose to get that mouthfeel... i dont see how the above is very creamy but i am a rookie
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:21 PM   #5
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I would suggest using vanilla beans over vanilla extract. The flavor comes out way better that way. You just split and scrape a couple of beans and add them to secondary.

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:30 PM   #6
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Stupid question, but how much of a difference (in taste) is there between artificial vanilla extract and pure vanilla extract?
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:42 PM   #7
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I added two 1 oz bottles of vanilla extract to the bottling bucket for about 2.5 gallons of porter. Everybody who has tasted it really likes it.

So, you can add a bottle to your beer, carefully stir it in a bit (no splashing or sloshing!), and taste a little. If not enough flavor, add another bottle. Rinse, repeat.

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:48 PM   #8
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I make a vanilla coffee stout in which I use 4 oz. in the secondary. It is very subtle in the finished product, but the coffee flavor and dark malts keep it in the background. I'd start with 2 oz. with a lighter beer or it may over-power. You can always add a small amount to your glass when you drink it if you want it to be more noticeable.

 
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:23 AM   #9
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If I cant find vanilla beans and have to use vanilla extract...does it matter as to if I add it to the end of the boil, the primary, or the secondary?
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:34 PM   #10
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the recipe that i posted adds it to the primary (after boil and everything) and at bottling if i recall correctly. I know there is one at bottling
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