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Old 08-17-2012, 06:00 PM   #101
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I thought I was going to open up a can of worms with that bourbon vanilla extract. You can make your own but make sure it's balanced. For me, TJ's can't be beat.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:12 PM   #102
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I thought I was going to open up a can of worms with that bourbon vanilla extract. You can make your own but make sure it's balanced. For me, TJ's can't be beat.
Brewed last night, and it's going to be BIG. Hit 1.100 in OG. Will proceed with caution on the vanilla. All the talk of bourbon vanilla beans made me think of something other than vodka. Thought about infusing rum too, but MM sounded like it was more appropriate.

Will let you know how it turns out.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:34 PM   #103
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Mine is still bubbling every four to five seconds and the yeast are going crazy in there.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:16 PM   #104
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Brewed up my second attempt at this on Sunday and tweaked the recipe a bit from last year.

I did a 50/50 blend of 2-Row and Vienna for the base to give it a bit more of a biscuit character. I also baked a can (29oz) of Libby's pumpkin that I added some pumpkin pie spice too for 30 min and added it to the mash (I felt a little disingenuous calling it a pumpkin ale without a little pumpkin in there).

I also split and am soaking a vanilla bean in dark rum and will add the whole mix to the secondary.

It is chugging away now so I will post back with the results in a few weeks
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #105
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I brewed this up yesterday, also tweaking the recipe to what I had on hand. I swapped out the C20 for 1# C60, 2# C40 and 1# CaraPils. I also baked canned pumpkin with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg because I'm entering it into a competition that requires real pumpkin to be in the beer. I mashed it for the 60 minutes.

My OG was 1.086 as I was a tad low on efficiency, but I'm still very happy with the results. The beer tastes/smells great already. When I added the spices @ 5 minutes everyone at the brew-event immediately knew what I was brewing.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:43 PM   #106
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Brewed last night, and it's going to be BIG. Hit 1.100 in OG. Will proceed with caution on the vanilla. All the talk of bourbon vanilla beans made me think of something other than vodka. Thought about infusing rum too, but MM sounded like it was more appropriate.

Will let you know how it turns out.
That's going to be an absolute monster, holy ****. I'm curious as to how well it attenuates, lets us know!
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:45 PM   #107
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So I brewed this on Saturday and it didn't hit me until right now that I didn't even put my spices in!!!!! That's what I get for trying to brew while a bunch of other things are going on all around me. Anyways, my plan of action now is to wait until this absolutely ferocious fermentation dies down a bit and then add the spices. I know it won't be the same as being boiled in, but hopefully if I very carefully swirl them in, it may get some of the flavor? What do you guys think? UGH!
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:54 PM   #108
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Just boil them with a small amount of water to sanitize, cool and swirl in. Its the same as if you added to the boil.
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That's going to be an absolute monster, holy ****. I'm curious as to how well it attenuates, lets us know!
You and me both. Thought about fermenting lower than 70, but was concerned she'd never finish. Also, pitched a 800ml starter in my 3 gallon batch to make sure our boys "took the beach". They did. On the second day, was worried the Krousen was going to overflow my 5 gallon karboy. I'm three days in, and things have slowed considerably. will take a reading later tonight and see where it lands.
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You and me both. Thought about fermenting lower than 70, but was concerned she'd never finish. Also, pitched a 800ml starter in my 3 gallon batch to make sure our boys "took the beach". They did. On the second day, was worried the Krousen was going to overflow my 5 gallon karboy. I'm three days in, and things have slowed considerably. will take a reading later tonight and see where it lands.
Ok. Just took a gravity reading. 1.030 after 3 days, so looking really good on that front. But strong Banana Esters. Fermenting at 70, so its in the Wyeast range. Thoughts? High gravity stressing the yeast? Will the banana esters subside?
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