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Old 01-23-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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I'm looking to make a new batch of beer this weekend. It's only my third batch, so I'm still using a premade kit (Brewcraft's Streets of London Porter). I wanted to add something to it, so I went out a got some Chocolate extract and vanilla beans. I don't want the flavors to be too overpowering, but not necessarily too subtle either.

I know I'm slowly going to add the Chocolate extract to the bottling bucket and just taste as I go to where it's about how I would like it. So I guess it comes down to the vanilla beans. Do I open it and add straight to secondary? Do I open it and add it to some vodka to make an extract?

Just wondering what has worked for others in the past.



 
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:04 AM   #2
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This isn't something that I've done before, but I do enjoy the taste of beer and I recently had a chocolate vanilla porter from Troegs. They provide some text on how they did it : "After fermentation, we aged #54 on Ghanaian vanilla beans and medium roast Ghanaian cocoa nibs for ten days."

The vanilla was perfect in this brew, in my opinion. The cocoa was a little too bitter for my tastes, but I did enjoy the 1/2 growler of it. Here is a video on their beer (scratch 54):

Good luck!



 
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:09 AM   #3
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I added vanilla to a porter by taking the beans, dipping in Starsan, slitting lengthwise and then dicing with a sanitized knife and cutting board. I added to secondary and racked the beer on top. I let it sit for about 5 days, at 5 days it was incredibly vanilla-ey. It has greatly mellowed as it aged though.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:28 AM   #4
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So I guess it comes down to the vanilla beans. Do I open it and add straight to secondary? Do I open it and add it to some vodka to make an extract?
That's exactly what I would do. Open the bean and scrape all the goodness out of it and then dice up the pod to make it manageable. Put it all into a small glass with a couple ounces of cheap vodka and let it sit for a few days. Pour it into the primary or into the bottling bucket along with priming sugar, stir well, but not so much as to add air and bottle.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:33 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advise. How many beans should I use? I'm looking to make a standard 5 gallon amount. And I'm leaning towards scraping, cutting and adding to vodka.



 
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