I agree. I halved the vanilla and lactose additions and it still is very sweet. I suppose its a hit for others but this ale isn't going to be brewed again anytime soon.Well, this is a decent ale... but there's no way I could drink more than one a day I think! Wow, not sure if I'm lactose intolerant... but this sure makes my stomach rumble!
Let's see, you want a very lite-sweet beer. Umm. Not possible. Kinda like saying, I like very dry-sweet wines. Vanilla extract will work, but not as good as vanilla bean.sathrovarr said:I brewed it and just have tasted it:
The beer came out much more bitter than I had thought it will be, I thought it will be sweeter.
Also the I don't get any of the vanilla taste/aroma from my brew. Is it because I've used pure vanilla extract (Nielsen-Massey)?
I think that if I will brew it again I will lower the hops and raise the vanilla and lactose. I wanted it to be a very lite and drinkable beer that all my friends will like (also the girls that like sweet stuff) and what I got is far from it.
Thanks for the reply. I'll pass it on to my buddy. I'm sure he hasn't brewed this yet as he's super busy with work. I don't even know if he got the initial recipie I passed along to him.Safa said:You are correct. Prime like lactose is non-fermentable.
Made this in a 5 gal batch and have been sharing it around. Used 2oz of vanilla at bottling instead of the 4 in the recipe.
Everyone who has tasted it has loved it and had one person tell me I should enter it in a competition because its that good. Thanks for the recipe!
I'm getting ready to make this; can't wait! Would someone mind please going over the "priming" part of this recipe for me? Is he talking about bottling?EDIT 2/20/07: Please do not PM me with questions on this recipe. Post them to this thread. I get way too many questions that are already answered within this long thread, so consider reading the entire thing (or using the Search function) prior to posting.
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
HUH? I'm not sure I'm following; So this is at the bottling bucket stage then right? Mix these three ingredients instead of just priming sugar?Yes. Priming means getting the beer ready to carbonate itself in the bottles. If you are kegging, just leave out anything with sugar (i.e. the DME) but still add the lactose and vanilla.
Funny that you say this. The guy got banned about four years ago if not longer. He can only lurk as a non member, unless he got himself a new ip address and user name.Cheesefood, this thread has 227,327 views. You should talk to a bank about a loan.
It was actually about 7 or 8 years ago and it was pictures of fat women, in the secret hidden site. I honestly didn't think it was much worse than the red haired chick in Walmart lingerie, but to each their own. Wasn't fecal though, just large women.While he might have had good taste on beer his judgement about what to post was an issue. I think the rumor is he posted pictures of fecal matter... some people didn't think it was funny as he did.
Yeah, there was a time when HBT was cool. Then the moderator thing started. The nanny state. The bans. The people leaving. Too many new people. Too focused on selling memberships. HBT stopped being a gathering and became a business. Started being run like a business. Killed all the fun of the community. I came on in 2005 when everyone celebrated milestone posts by posting porn. This was a site for men and it was run by men who acted like men.After he got his frank spanked by a moderator, I think he attempted to delete this very thread and others. That's what closed his fate as member.
To your point it's a good recipe though.