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Old 10-25-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Recipe Type: All Grain   
Yeast: WLP080 cream ale   
Yeast Starter: No   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5   
Original Gravity: 1.061   
Final Gravity: 1.013   
IBU: 18   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60   
Color: 5.6   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 8 days @ 65F   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 8 days @65F   
Tasting Notes: Was a little sharp first week in keg. After that its a very smooth drinker   

I brewed this a couple times and every time it came out great.

Original Gravity: 1.061 SG (16.0 Brix)
Final Gravity: 1.013 SG (8.3 Brix)


Volume Before Boil: 6.00 US gals
Volume After Boil: 5.50 US gals
Volume Transferred: 5.25 US gals
Water Added To Dilute: 0.0 qts
Volume At Pitching: 5.25 US gals
Volume Of Finished Beer: 5.00 US gals

Total Water Required: 6.96 US gals

Ingredients:

6lb 0oz of US 2-Row Malt
1lb 0oz of US Caramel 20L Malt
1lb 0oz of US Flaked Corn/Maize
2lb 0oz of Extract - Light Dried Malt Extract

Add the following hops at the times given.
1.00 oz of German Tettnang (60 min )
0.50 oz of German Tettnang (30 min )
0.50 oz of German Tettnang (15 Min )
0.25 oz of Irish

6 whole split lengthwise vanilla beans soaked in vodka

Mash at 155F for 60minutes @ 1.5qts/LB
Sparged with 170F water 10minutes then collected runnings to get pre-boil volume.
Boil the wort for a total of 60 minutes.

Soaked 6vanilla beans split lengthwise in small container in vodka when beer went into primary. Just used enough vodka to just submerge the beans in a small container

After Primary Fermentation I added the vanilla flavored vodka to the secondary.

I've tried this recipe with vanilla extract but found much better flavor from using actual beans over the extracts.

Beer is slightly strong for a cream ale but is a very easy drinking beer. I don't enough notice the alcohol flavor in the finished product.

If anyone tries this let me know what you think.
I will definitely be brewing this again as everyone loves it and I can't manage to keep a keg if it around for long.



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Old 12-07-2012, 06:47 AM   #2
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:05 AM   #3
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6 whole split lengthwise vanilla beans soaked in vodka


Soaked 6vanilla beans split lengthwise in small container in vodka when beer went into primary. Just used enough vodka to just submerge the beans in a small container

After Primary Fermentation I added the vanilla flavored vodka to the secondary.
Do you add the vanilla during the primary or during the secondary? Also, how long do you soak the vanilla and vodka for prior to adding it?

EDIT: I read more carefully - now I understand. The vanilla vodka goes in the secondary, and it soaks from the time of primary until you move the beer to secondary

So my new question is: Do you add the vodka + beans to secondary, or just the strained vodka?

I love vanilla, and I'll be brewing this in just a few days... I'm using 1056 as it is the best sub I have access too. Otherwise, it'll the be same. I'm excited!

 
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:00 AM   #4
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I just add the vodka after straining out the vanilla. It comes out pretty flavorful.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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At what point of the boil did you add the DME? This sounds like an awesome recipe, looking forward to brewing it.

 
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I added it in at the beginning of the boil. Came out a little darker than intended but was a very easy drinker color aside. Could always add 1/3 of the DME to start and then add the rest as a late addition around 15minutes left in the boil to minimize darkening from boiling the extract a full hour. But either way its been pretty tasty all the times I've brewer it.
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:26 AM   #7
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This was my second brew. Keg just went dry last night. Will be making more ASAP

 
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:43 PM   #8
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Great, I may try to split it up and keep the color light. It sounds good either way, though. Thanks!

 
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:13 AM   #9
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I brewed an extract version of this recipe a few weeks ago and I will be ready to bottle it this week.

It is REALLY smooth, not overly sweet, and the vanilla flavour is not overpowering at all. (At least at this point)

OG came in at 1.062 and I should finish with 1.015 for 6.3%.

 
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I brewed an extract version of this recipe a few weeks ago and I will be ready to bottle it this week.

It is REALLY smooth, not overly sweet, and the vanilla flavour is not overpowering at all. (At least at this point)

OG came in at 1.062 and I should finish with 1.015 for 6.3%.
Was just drinking a couple of the last few bottles of this the other day. The vanilla flavor still is evident in the final product and it had been in the bottle for months with little to no flavor degradation. I think you'll enjoy the end result.


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