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Old 07-06-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
cmmcdonn
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Hi all. This is thread is half question, half rant. I know the answer will most likely be "wait and see".

SWMBO wanted to help bottle my latest beer. It was an imperial brown that was bulk aged for 6 weeks then oaked for 6 days with bourbon soaked chips. Tasted great.

On bottling day, SWMBO misread the 1oz vanilla extract on my beersmith printout as 1 bottle (4oz). The beer now has a very off flavor. I've never tasted beer with an acetaldehyde problem, but it does have a similar green apple phenolic type taste. I cannot blame anything other than the vanilla extract for the issue because it tasted just fine before hand.

I know vanilla will mellow, but this much? I don't even taste vanilla at this point, just awfulness. This brings me back to the first time I saw my mom making cookies and saw vanilla extract and decided to take a big gulp.

I'm not even considering dumping it, just wondering.

Also, it has been 2.5 months since bottling.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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Was it pure vanilla extract or the fake vanillin imitation?

If pure vanilla, it will mellow/fade with age, slowly, like 6-12 months. If it's fake vanilla, I have no idea. Nasty stuff, IMO.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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Was it pure vanilla extract or the fake vanillin imitation?

If pure vanilla, it will mellow/fade with age, slowly, like 6-12 months. If it's fake vanilla, I have no idea. Nasty stuff, IMO.
It was pure bourbon vanilla extract from TJ's.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:41 PM   #4
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Only time will tell. Wait it out and try a bottle every other month or so.

It's a longshot and I know you've already bottled, but you could make a second batch and mix the two.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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It was pure bourbon vanilla extract from TJ's.
Oh man, that's some good stuff. Not cheap either. Hopefully age helps.

Blending would certainly be a great option, but might do more harm than good since already bottled. Aging is far less work

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:59 PM   #6
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I've had pure vanilla taste fade over several months. I'd say in 6 months it went from "up front" to "mild". Never went away though.

 
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