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Old 02-06-2008, 11:20 PM   #1
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I was looking through one of these threads and read how someone made a cream ale and then right before the pitched their yeast they put vanilla flavor in it. I was wondering if anyone can give me any more info about how much and what the outcome was??? I think i want to try that for my 3rd batch.


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Old 02-06-2008, 11:31 PM   #2
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This should do it. Plenty to read there.


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Old 02-08-2008, 04:54 PM   #3
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I have read through most of that post and that sound like a very good brew that I will have to try. But here is what i was wanting to do. I want to try that cream ale kit from AHS, and mix some vanilla flavor with that. Basically a simple vanilla cream ale. Would that be possible?? Also, the vanilla flavor must be the extract correct? Is that like the regular vanilla that you can buy just about anywhere or is it different than that?? Also i was looking through that kit and which yeast would be better the White Labs California Ale or the Wyeast All American Ale?? Thanks for your input and thanks for the link, now I am just trying to narrow things down a little.
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:45 PM   #4
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You want to use "Real Vanilla Extract", the ingredients are just vanilla from beans and alcohol and sometimes some sugar. Do not use imitation vanilla extract.
You would use 2 oz real vanilla extract added to primary before you pitch the yeast.
Then before bottling add 2 - 4 oz of vanilla to the bottling bucket.
The yeast will not make that much of a diffenance as they are also most the same just from 2 different companies.

If you just want the vanilla taste without the sweetness then just added the vanilla alone, if you are trying to make a sweet one you will have to add lactose.
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:15 PM   #5
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Also, remember that "cream ale", the beer, doesn't taste the least bit creamy. It's a lager-like beer that usually is light and uses corn to thin the body. So a cream ale might not be what you actually have it mind if you are thinking sweet and vanilla.

A cream ale is very light bodied and dry. If you get Genessee Cream Ale where you live, that's a good example.
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wow Genessee makes something other than "Genny Light?" is good?
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Well, I don't think that is what i want either. Maybe I will just hold off until i feel comfortable with the other brew and just make the straight cream ale. Thats a good brew isn't it???
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Genesee Cream Ale? WOW you can get that in Michigan? Have you tried their Ice? We've done Genny Cream ale since high school (class of '71). Still goes over big at our re-unions.
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Genesee Cream Ale? WOW you can get that in Michigan? Have you tried their Ice? We've done Genny Cream ale since high school (class of '71). Still goes over big at our re-unions.
Yep! Just recently showed up. Best part is I got a bunch of 24oz cans for a buck each at Kroger for those marathon drinking nights when I don't want to crack open my good stuff!


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