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Vanilla Cream Ale

Method: All Grain
Style: Cream Ale
Boil Time: 75 min
Batch Size: 5.75 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.038 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 70% (brew house)
Source: Stikks 2-2-12
Rating:
4.65

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1.055
1.013
5.48%
19.44
4.83
Fermentables
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
5.25 lbAmerican - Pale 2-Row5.25 lb Pale 2-Row371.844.7%
2 lbAmerican - White Wheat2 lb White Wheat402.817%
2 lbAmerican - Pale 6-Row2 lb Pale 6-Row351.817%
0.5 lbFlaked Corn0.5 lb Flaked Corn400.54.3%
0.5 lbAmerican - Caramel / Crystal 20L0.5 lb Caramel / Crystal 20L35204.3%
0.5 lbAmerican - Carapils (Dextrine Malt)0.5 lb Carapils (Dextrine Malt)331.84.3%
0.25 lbFlaked Barley0.25 lb Flaked Barley322.22.1%
0.75 lbHoney0.75 lb Honey - (late addition)4226.4%
11.75 lb Total      
Hops
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU
0.5 ozCascade0.5 oz Cascade HopsPellet6.2Boil60 min11.42
0.5 ozCascade0.5 oz Cascade HopsPellet6.2Boil20 min6.92
0.5 ozsaaz0.5 oz saaz HopsPellet3Boil5 min1.1
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
15 qtrest at 150Infusion168 F75 min
7 qtstir and rest at 165 - mashoutInfusion212 F15 min
18 qtto volume-7.5 gal.Fly Sparge170 F45 min
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
2 ozpure vanilla extract2 oz pure vanilla extractFlavorBoil0 min.
1 ozpure vanilla extract1 oz pure vanilla extractFlavorBottling0 min.
1 tspyeast nutrient1 tsp yeast nutrientOtherBoil15 min.
1 eachwhirlfloc1 each whirlflocFiningBoil15 min.
4 eachVanilla beans - in 2oz Vodka4 each Vanilla beans - in 2oz VodkaOtherSecondary0 min.
Yeast
Attenuation (custom):
76%
Flocculation:
Low
Optimum Temp:
56 - 70 °F
Starter:
Yes
Fermentation Temp:
64 °F
Pitch Rate:
-
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Priming
Method: corn sugar       Amount: 4.5 oz       CO2 Level: 2.65 Volumes
Target Water Profile: bottled spring water
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator
Notes
1600 ml. starter at 1.04

Ferment at 58 to 60 degrees with
Wyeast 2565,62 to 64 degrees with WLP 029
or 65 to 67 degrees with US-05

attenuation better than expected
finished at 1.011 about 5.3 ABV

carbonate 3 weeks at 68-70 degrees
cold condition 1 week in fridge
frothy head,nice lacing

tasty summer beer,easy drinking.
A great beer for the female in your life.

I`ve made this brew 7 times now,and it is a mainstay for my woman.I`ve used US-05
WLP 029 and WYEAST 2565 all with great
results.Used Williamette in place of
saaz and prefer it.Last batch came out
at 6.0 ABV with a modification to my fly sparge setup.Grain bill holds at 11 lbs.

Last batch was with WLP 029,I think Wyeast 2565 was the best of the 3 yeast types that I have used. (just me and swmbo`s thoughts).

Made batch #8 with US-05 on 4-19-13
used 4 Madagascar vanilla beans soaked
in vodka for a week and added to secondary
It added a bit more vanilla flavor.Nice addition for added flavor.Will make this
a regular step in future batches,recipe
has not changed but 2565 rules the brew.

I made batch #9 on 9-22-13.Used original recipe with wyeast 2565, by far the best.
Bottled on 11-1-2013.The only tweak was
adding 12 oz clover honey at flameout.The
Vanilla beans in secondary are the bomb.
Recipe will not change from here on out.
This batch started at 1.057 and finished at 1.01 - 5.51 ABV.It is exactly where I Want it. SWMBO and my friends love it.I like it alot too but I am more of a stout
porter guy.I hope you like it and have good luck with it if you try it. -enjoy-

12-8-2013 Vanilla flavor has mellowed
nicely,lacing last`s till the end of the glass.Very pleased with this batch.

Batch #10 1-23-2015 recipe has not changed
will be bottling in about a week or so.
This brew is our house brew all year,it`s
one for the ladies.Will be ready for St.
Paddy`s day.

batch #10 is long gone.Finally retired and will be moving to Florida in 2 weeks.I will update next batch when I brew in in the heat for the first time,Goodbye Chicago.I hope you enjoy the recipe.-Will be back to brewing soon.

-Cheers-








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Butter14 03/13/2015 at 09:07pm
5 of 5

I've personally brewed this recipe. It's delicious. Smooth, vanilla forward flavor makes this an easy session beer. Strongly recommend.


stikks 03/20/2015 at 09:09pm



stikks 03/20/2015 at 09:12pm
Thanks for the review.Did you use 2565? I`m glad you enjoyed it,I make this at least 3 times a year.Great summer beer.

-Cheers-



Brewer Joe 06/03/2015 at 07:34pm
4 of 5

I just made this recipe as well. Went with the WLP029. added wild flower honey at flame out, probably closer to 13-14 oz. I doubled the batch as I make 10 gal at a time. OG was around 1.059, FG is around 1.008.

Things I didnt do and should have...
-I didnt cut up the beans o_o I threw in 4 whole beans per carboy and I feel like I am losing out on alot of the vanilla flavor I should have.

This I didnt do.
-I didnt use yeast nutrient or make a starter yeast. I used two tubes of WLP029.
-I only used 2 oz of vanilla extract instead of the 4 oz your recipe call for, for a 10 gal batch. Extract can be dangerous and Im not ready to bomb a 10 gal batch over extract. if it seems like the vanilla doesnt suit me, I can add some more.
-I did not add another 2 oz as your recipe calls for at bottling/kegging (10 gal batch). I may do this later if its lacking.

I moved the the beer after 4 days to secondaries to finish out there fermentation. airlocks were bubbling 1-3 time every 60 seconds at this point. I kegged and cold conditioned at the same time as CO_2 goes into solution better when chilled. I only left the beer in the secondary for a week. there was a little activity from the airlock, maybe a bubble every 8 minutes but I believe it may be yeast slowly converting the vanilla beans sugars. There was no visual activity in the beer itself and the trub layer was settled.

I used two 30 psi rounds of force carbonation to hit the ground running, beer tastes great coming out of the secondaries. I calculate a 6.5% ABV yield. I am hoping with the fast carbing that the beer will be sudsy by saturday. It is a cream ale and aging/conditioning is usually done with light ales within a week. Also, I noticed some banana smells at the very end which I think is do to the yeast activity with the vanilla beans.. wanted to stop that a.s.a.p.



Brewer Joe 06/03/2015 at 07:38pm
I just made this recipe as well. Went with the WLP029. added wild flower honey at flame out, probably closer to 13-14 oz. I doubled the batch as I make 10 gal at a time. OG was around 1.059, FG is around 1.008. I used the Willamette hops. Not sure how it would turn out with Saaz but the hops characteristic with the Willamette are slightly noticeable.

Things I didnt do and should have...
-I didnt cut up the beans o_o I threw in 4 whole beans per carboy and I feel like I am losing out on alot of the vanilla flavor I should have.

Things I didnt do.
-I didnt use yeast nutrient or make a starter yeast. I used two tubes of WLP029.
-I only used 2 oz of vanilla extract instead of the 4 oz your recipe call for, for a 10 gal batch. Extract can be dangerous and Im not ready to bomb a 10 gal batch over extract. if it seems like the vanilla doesnt wow me, I can add some more.
-I did not add another 2 oz as your recipe calls for at bottling/kegging (10 gal batch). I may do this later if its lacking.

I moved the the beer after 4 days to secondaries to finish out there fermentation. airlocks were bubbling 1-3 time every 60 seconds at this point. I kegged and cold conditioned at the same time as CO_2 goes into solution better when chilled. I only left the beer in the secondary for a week. there was a little activity from the airlock, maybe a bubble every 8 minutes but I believe it may be yeast slowly converting the vanilla beans sugars. There was no visual activity in the beer itself and the trub layer was settled.

I used two 30 psi rounds of force carbonation to hit the ground running, beer tastes great coming out of the secondaries. I calculate a 6.5% ABV yield. I am hoping with the fast carbing that the beer will be sudsy by saturday. It is a cream ale and aging/conditioning is usually done with light ales within a week. Also, I noticed some banana smells at the very end which I think is do to the yeast activity with the vanilla beans.. wanted to stop that a.s.a.p.

Beer is being kept at 36-38 degrees at 11.5-12.5 psi in kegs.



Brewer Joe 06/03/2015 at 07:39pm
sorry for the double post, now triple post. I thought it didnt go through and made some edits *~*


Butter14 06/06/2015 at 05:07pm
@Stikks, I used the Kolsch 2565 like you suggested. It worked great.


stikks 06/23/2015 at 02:49am
Butter14 thanks again for the reply.As I stated 2565 is the best yeast for this brew.I just recently moved from Chicago to the gulf coast of Florida and have not tried brewing in the heat down here.The last time I brewed was April.I will be doin` this brew down here again around September when it cools down a bit.The recipe has not changed at all and I dont`t have force carbonation and all the cool things,but this brew is still a favorite with the girls and alot of my friends.Hopefully when I brew down here in FLA it will be just as good.To reiterate 2565 rules this brew.Thanks again and--

CHEERS



stikks 06/23/2015 at 02:57am
Brewer Joe,Thanks for the review.If you Read my post for Butter 14 you`ll see If been out of the loop for awhile.As far as the extract goes that is a personal choice for flavor,but I do recommend scraping the beans for the tea and discarding the seeds.I bottle condition because I am not set up for kegging (maybe down the road).I appreciate your input and I hope you had good Luck with the brew.If you brew it again try using 2565,the flavor profile is much better and you can ferment at a lower temp -much cleaner crisper taste -. Thanks again

CHEERS



[email protected] 01/11/2016 at 02:01am



[email protected] 01/11/2016 at 02:02am
Very excited- just brewed this beer. Wyeast was out of stock but question- do you pitch the vanilla beans whole or chopped up?


Drummertime 02/27/2016 at 01:20am
5 of 5

Wow! Followed this to a tee and what a surprise, as creamy as creme soda and hint of vanilla. Perfect! Thanks stikks for the detailed recipe! Relax have a Homebrew!


stikks 04/29/2016 at 01:50am
Backcountry, been Out of the loop for awhile,just relocated to Florida.I`m sure your brew is gone by no.I hope it came out well for you.On your question -I slice the beans lengthwise and scrape out the seeds,Make the TEA with 2 -3 oz vodka and let sit about 3 days before pitching the all of it into secondary.Of course I take a taste before pitching - LOL -. Sorry for the late reply.

CHEERS



stikks 04/29/2016 at 01:57am
Drummertime, thanks for The great review. If you read my reply to Backcountry you will under stand why I`ve been late on my replies . One thing for sure the Ladies love this brew on a hot summer day,
and thats always a good thing. - By the way I`m a Drummer - Rock On

CHEERS



HomebrewJoe 06/12/2016 at 04:56pm
5 of 5

@stikks. It's been a year now that lot of cream ale I made is long gone :). It's been one of my top 3 brews. Friends and family drank it so fast it didn't even last 3 weeks and I had 10 gal batch.


Mark G 06/14/2016 at 09:45pm
4 of 5

I was searching for a nice cream ale recipe and found this one. I didn't do any vanilla on my first brew. I followed the directions with the wyeast 2565 and the Willamette. Fermented for 12 days at 59 degrees. OG of 1.53 and a FG of 1,012. Cold crashing as I type . Going to secondary tomorrow for 7 days then Keg.The sample pulled for the gravity reading was very good. Update in a few weeks.


jlanius 03/28/2017 at 03:41pm
Stikks,

This will be only my second all grain brew, as I have been mostly partial grain and extract. How important is the fly sparge vs a batch sparge? Im not really setup for fly sparging. Also where in Florida? I'm in New Orleans.



stikks 04/06/2017 at 05:03pm
jlanius,thanks for the question.My set up is for fly sparging but by all means batch sparging will work just fine.
Actually when I`m short on time I batch sparge occasionally.Good luck with the recipe if you try it.It is a great brew for the hot summer days that are coming up.As for as my location I`m on the gulf coast near Bradenton. -CHEERS-



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