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Old 08-26-2013, 04:59 AM   #11
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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.
Awesome.... I can't wait!!!!!!

 
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:11 AM   #12
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Where is the extract versions recipe?

 
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:26 AM   #13
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Hey. I'm relatively new to brewing. Is there a way to substitute grain for the DME? If so, what type of grain, and what would the weight difference be? Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:15 AM   #14
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Hey. I'm relatively new to brewing. Is there a way to substitute grain for the DME? If so, what type of grain, and what would the weight difference be? Thanks!
I would substitute 3LBS of 2 row for the 2lbs of DME I only used DME in the original recipe as at the time I didn't have a pot large enough to mash that much grain and boil the full volume.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #15
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I would substitute 3LBS of 2 row for the 2lbs of DME

I only used DME in the original recipe as at the time I didn't have a pot large enough to mash and boil that much grain.
Gotcha! Thanks for the quick response. I read it just in time. In heading to my LHBS in about 10 minutes. It'll be a good brew day today. I'll let you know how it goes!
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:56 AM   #16
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I'm so excited to try this beer. The brew went very smooth. Even substituting the extra 2-row for the DME, the beer was fairly dark. Not too bad though. It has a very rich almost reddish tinge to it. Idk if its just my process, but this beer seems to have a low-ish efficiency. I followed the water measurements listed, but I was under four gallons end boil. I added a bit of water (about .25 gal) to bring up to an even four gallons. I also added lactose at 15 mins. Should be interesting. Thanks for the recipe!
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:08 AM   #17
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Ok, so I'm about a week into the primary, and the beer smells very sour. I was very careful with the sanitation process, so I'm not sure what's going on. Does this beer often have a sour smell when it ferments? I also added lactose to the boil which the recipe does not call for. I'm hoping after some time it will fix itself. Not sure if I should even pitch the vanilla vodka yet.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:55 AM   #18
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Ok, so I'm about a week into the primary, and the beer smells very sour. I was very careful with the sanitation process, so I'm not sure what's going on. Does this beer often have a sour smell when it ferments? I also added lactose to the boil which the recipe does not call for. I'm hoping after some time it will fix itself. Not sure if I should even pitch the vanilla vodka yet.
I don't recall it smelling sour when I was fermenting it. I would wait till its done fermenting and give it a taste and see if it tastes sour before adding the vanilla to it.
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:15 AM   #19
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Well, it kills me to say, we had to dump our beer. It sounds like a great recipe. Hopefully well try it again sometime.
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:00 PM   #20
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Well, it kills me to say, we had to dump our beer. It sounds like a great recipe. Hopefully well try it again sometime.
Sorry to hear that. Wish I could point you in a direction where it went wrong. Hope next time works out better for you as it is an enjoyable brew.
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