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Old 12-05-2010, 02:55 AM   #211
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I just finished my second batch of this. Preboil was 1.083 and OG going into the fermenter is 1.106. Think I over shot the stated OG a bit. I did use Mild Malt instead of 2 Row. I pitched 2 sachets of US05. I hope that is enough
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:14 PM   #212
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My OG going into the fermenter was 1.106
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:05 PM   #213
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Brewed this a few months ago and finally got it in the keezer about 3 weeks ago...oh my. Easily the best porter i've brewed to date. This will be a staple in my keezer going forward. I added 2 oz of a high quality vanilla extract 2 weeks before kegging, and 5 fl oz of Woodford Reserve at kegging. the whiskey was a bit "hot" in the beer for the first few weeks, but evened out really well now. i think this grainbill without the vanilla and bourbon would be great too. anyone try that? when i tasted my hydro sample it was fantastic.
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:57 PM   #214
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I ran the original recipe through the Beer Smith convert recipe wizard and came up with this. Does this look right? Would you change anything?

7.13 lb Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 49.21 %
2.30 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 15.96 %
2.09 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 14.51 %
1.37 lb Brown Malt (65.0 SRM) Grain 8.71 %
0.91 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 5.80 %
0.46 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2.90 %
0.46 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 2.90 %
I know I'm a month late on this but I wanted to make this beer this weekend. I was thinking of using this recipe only I'm a huge fan of the KISS theory so I'm going to use 6.6 lb of LME and .5 lb of DME since that will be much easier to measure out than 7.13 lb of LME. Probably will round off the grains to the nearest quarter pound too since it'll be easier and I'll be able to keep track of my inventory a little better too. This beer sounds fantastic and I'm psyched to make it. My only question is is the destruction of the beers head retention really worth the flavor of the vanilla beans? Has anyone had any luck using vanilla beans and still getting good head. From the looks of the grainbill this should have fantastic foam on it and I really feel like a failure when my beers fizzle out like soda pop
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:54 PM   #215
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Just thought I'd share a pic. This stuff is great.

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Old 01-03-2011, 12:55 AM   #216
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I know I'm a month late on this but I wanted to make this beer this weekend. I was thinking of using this recipe only I'm a huge fan of the KISS theory so I'm going to use 6.6 lb of LME and .5 lb of DME since that will be much easier to measure out than 7.13 lb of LME. Probably will round off the grains to the nearest quarter pound too since it'll be easier and I'll be able to keep track of my inventory a little better too. This beer sounds fantastic and I'm psyched to make it. My only question is is the destruction of the beers head retention really worth the flavor of the vanilla beans? Has anyone had any luck using vanilla beans and still getting good head. From the looks of the grainbill this should have fantastic foam on it and I really feel like a failure when my beers fizzle out like soda pop
My batch of this had good head retention, and I used 2 Madagascar vanilla beans.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:14 AM   #217
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My batch of this had good head retention, and I used 2 Madagascar vanilla beans.
K, I just saw a few posts in this thread alone blaming lack of head on the oils in the beans, maybe the type of beans matter? At least this tells me that they don't ensure failure.
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:34 AM   #218
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Hi ckloecker,

How did the recipe turn out? I am planning on brewing this recipe next and was curious how your adaptation turned out.

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Old 01-12-2011, 10:55 AM   #219
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Just thought I'd share a pic. This stuff is great.

Did you get head retention? I see it formed well with yours....

Did you vary the recipe at all to get that?
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:54 PM   #220
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I used the recipe posted here with 2 Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and I also get pretty decent head retention.
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