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Old 01-15-2007, 11:21 PM   #1
Jan 2005
Oakville, Ontario
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I made an Extract with Grain batch of Stout Saturday and I want to make it a Vanilla Stout. I was going to add either Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean to the Secondary.
Any thoughts, advice, opinions? I don't want an overbearing Vanilla flavour, just a nice aromatic touch with a hint in the aftertaste.


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Old 01-15-2007, 11:32 PM   #2
Dec 2006
Somerville, MA
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Adding the vanilla beans to the secondary won't really help, AFAIK vanilla isn't soluble in water (beer) so you need to extract the vanilla with some sort of alcohol, a lot of people use bourbon, or you could just add vanilla extract (but make sure it is the good stuff, not the synthesized crap. Just add a little when you rack to the secondary, try it, if you want more, add more.

edit: I have been drinking a ton of Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter this winter, and I freaking love the stuff!

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Old 01-16-2007, 01:55 AM   #3
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I used 3 mexican vanilla beans in a 750 of Vodka. Kept it in my desk drawer for 5 weeks and shook it every day. It's an awesome extract now.
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Old 01-16-2007, 02:12 AM   #4
Dec 2006
Omaha, NE
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Intersting. Maybe something i try down the road. Im drinking a Vanilla Porter from a local brewery right now. MMMMM....

Very tasty but its kind of wierd with dinner. Lol!

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