Originally Posted by darrenbrews
sorry I can't help you with your question but this combination sounds great. I'm logging this for future reference.
I have finished this beer and wanted to share how it turned out. below is the recipe I used for the base of the beer. It is one that I found off of here and was absolutely amazing when I made it.
Originally Posted by Cheesefood View Post
"Here's the final recipe that I'm brewing RIGHT NOW.
3 pounds extra light DME
3 pounds light wheat DME
1 pound Caramel 60L (steeped for 45 minutes at 150'-165')
1oz Cascade for bittering (60 minutes)
.5oz Saaz for flavor (20 minutes)
.5 oz Tettnang for aroma (end of boil)
Wyeast German Ale
1 tsp Irish Moss (10 minutes)
4oz Lactose @ 15 minutes
2 oz real vanilla extract
4oz vanilla (Be careful! This may be too much vanilla for some people.)
1.5 cups light DME
I'm adding the Lactose in the last 15 minutes of the boil. I'll add the vanilla in the primary, because I don't want to risk losing any that bonds to the trub. So far, it smells fantastic but I'm still at the bittering hops boil. I think this should end up with a nice caramel flavor and a good hint (perhaps a suggestion size amount) of vanilla. I've had vanillas with way too much flavor and they tasted too much like candy. This should have a decent balance.
So good. Can't even explain it - you simply must make this beer. I let it prime for almost 2 weeks before fridging it, then cracked one tonight after only about 30 hours. Great head, good lace, nice color, good body and nose. Pictures won't do it justice, but here's one anyways"
I basically added to this recipe the following....
Another 2oz of vanilla at secondary along with 32 oz of 100% tart cherry juice, 16 oz of 100% black cherry juice and 12 oz of 100% concentrated black cherry juice.
I let sit in primary for 10 days and secondary for a little over 2 weeks. I tried it prior to putting in the keg and chilling for some carbonation and it is fantastic. The cherry is pronounced at first then settles into the vanilla. It is interesting how the flavors show up at different times. It adds a complexity that is similar to a good wine. This is a perfect beer to relax and enjoy. The only down side is that it is very easy to drink.
All in all I am very pleased with how it turned out although it was pretty expensive to make so it is not something I will make more than a couple of times a year. At almost a hundred bucks for what is basically two cases of beer I am hoping that this keg will last a little bit....I do not expect it is going to though, which is why this is one beer, that I will not be sharing.