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Old 07-21-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default How much vanilla extract for 5 gallons ?

To get a mild vanilla flavor how much should I use ?


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Old 07-21-2011, 10:53 PM   #2
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3 vanilla beans split in half for 4 weeks IMHO


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Old 07-21-2011, 10:54 PM   #3
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I use 1 Tsp for a smoked porter that I brew.
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This will really depend more on the recipe than anything else. A vanilla cream ale will require a lot less vanilla than a vanilla RIS, for example.
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It's a blonde ale.....
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I wouldn't put more than one vanilla bean sliced and chopped up in the secondary. My guess is that you'd need it in there for only about 7 or 8 days.
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For a blonde, I'd agree with schmaltez there; one will probably be sufficient. I'd sample every few days to see where the flavor is, and once it's ready, bottle/keg away. Keep in mind that carbing will balance it out a bit, so you might want to err slightly on the stronger side.
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I used around 1.5 table spoons in my last porter because I was too lazy to go buy the bean, it hardly made it past the taste of the chocolate malt. Of course a blond wouldn't need as much. Also the flavors dissipated a lot over the course of the first week of conditioning.
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Agreed...no more than 1 bean.
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I hate to be that guy, but the OP was asking about extract not whole beans.


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