Vanilla cream ale for drinking this summer!

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  1. Foster82

    Foster82 New Member

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    What does everyone think about this cream ale based on a recipe found here. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f62/cream-t ... ale-66503/
    I have added Carapils for a little more body and a vanilla bean in the secondary to give it a nice twist.

    I plann on brewing it next weekend once I get my Oatmeal Stout out of the fermenter and into some bottles. :D

    6.25 lb - American - Pale 2-Row
    2.5 lb - Flaked Corn
    1 lb - Flaked Rice
    0.5 lb - American - Carapils

    HOPS:
    0.5 oz - Crystal for 60 min
    0.5 oz - Williamette for 60 min

    OTHER INGREDIENTS:
    1 each - Vanilla Bean, Type: Spice, Use: Secondary
     
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    Pick out a nice neutral yeast and you'll be set. OP used US-05. I would ferment it cooler if you can with US-05 - in the low 60's.
     
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    Could be a nice little BIAB brew too...... ;)
     
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    Guess I forgot to mention that I do plan on using US-05, and the grain bill is for 5.5 gallons BIAB. I normally try to end with 5.5 gallons so that my final product comes out to at least 5 gallons.
     
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    You didn't have to, we knew precisely where you were going :lol:
    This one seems down my alley so i think i'll give it a try this summer!
     
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    Our local brew pub does a Vanilla Porter. Can't stand it, but it seems to be popular enough (when they brew "Naked" Porter, I'm all over it....).
     
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    I make this brew quite alot. It never seems to last long. You can swap out the flaked rice for instant rice and save a few bucks. I usualy make a 10gal batch and only put vanilla in 5gal...not everyone likes vanilla. Be careful though this brew is considered a "panty dropper" ;)
     
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    Might i suggest you wear boxers next time, :lol:
     
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    LOL :D Touche'.......
     
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    How much vanilla do you normally use? I was thinking for 5gals that one bean in the secondary for a week should be about right, however it is just a guess since I have never used vanilla in any of my brews.

    Also if it turns out well I was planning on brewing some for my little sisters wedding in August. I think I will call it "Knock Your Veil Off Ale" :D
     
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    You should call it "Knock Your vALE Off".... ehhhh... sounded better in my head. I guess some sort of emphasis on the Ale bit would be necessary, otherwise people would think you're bad at spelling. :)

    I'm offering a different suggestion as well; drop off the Ale at the end of your name. The double ale-sound made it kind of weird to read, at least to me.
     
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    One vanilla bean will be plenty. The way that I do it is split the bean scrape out the seeds then cut the bean into half to one inch chuncks. Then put them in a small glass and cover them with vodka for 24hours. Then dump that into your secondary. Because I am kegging I will then cold crash for a week.
     
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    Since we are throwing names out there. Mine is called "Madigascar Cream Ale"
     
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    so does soaking in vodka help to extract the vanilla or keep the nasties out?
     
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    The vodka will extract the vanilla flavor plus it don't hurt the Abv. :D
    I just checked my recipe. The yeast that I used the most is WLP 080 Cram Ale Yeast Blend and I don't use any dextrine malt but other than that. Your recipe is the same.
     
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    Well just look at my grain sheet from the store, they gave what they called American Pale Ale. Is there a huge differance between Pale Ale and just plain old pale 2-row? I did update my reciepe to match what I actually brewed.
     
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    Pale Ale and two row are the same thing. It will be fine.
     
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    I have been throwing around the idea of using 6 row in this recipe due to the large percentage of
    adjuncts. I have read that the 6 row has more enzymatic power to help in conversion but a bit
    less overall fermentables per lb. Any feedback on this?

    Thanks Brewers friend! just the right Rx for cabin fever.
     
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    I just brewed this up on Friday and had a 74% Efficiency (OG 1.050 with 5.75 gallons collected). Adjuncts are high, but the the 2 row seemed to do the job. Also my fast fermentation test shows that I should hit a FG of 1.010.
     

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