Winter Vanilla Porter
Specifics
General Information
Method: Partial Mash

A good robust porter with a little vanilla that I got in Mexico to add some character.  One of the two beers that will be served at the Answerport company holiday party.

Scale Recipe
Enter desired final yield (volume):
 gallons  
Extract
12.00 pounds LME - Pale 57.1% of grist
12.00 pounds Total Extract Weight 57.1% of grist
Reference
Malts and Grains
Non-Fermentables
4 oz Vanilla  
Reference
Hops
Boil
Total Boil Time: 60 minutes
Reference
Yeast
Name: London Ale
Manufacturer: Wyeast
Product ID: 1028
Type: Ale
Flocculation: Medium
Attenuation: 75%
Temperature Range: 60–72°F
Amount: 3500 ml
Equipment Profile

Brew Pot (19 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal)

Batch Size: 10 gallons Boil Volume: 19 gallons
Evaporation Rate: 9% per hour Mash Tun Dead Space: .8 gallons
Efficiency: 75% Mash Tun Weight: 9 pounds
Hop Utilization: 100% Mash Tun Volume: 10 gallons
Loss: 1 gallons Mash Tun Specific Heat: 0.300 Cal/gram per °C
Notes:

19 gallon setup for all grain brewing.  Uses a 10 gallon water cooler as mash tun for single infusion mashes and a 19 gallon brew pot for full size boil of the 12+ gallons of wort.

Water Profile

Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water

Calicum: 28 ppm
Bicarbonate: 87.5 ppm
Sulfate: 6.5 ppm
Chloride: 2 ppm
Sodium: 2.8 ppm
Magnesium: 10 ppm
PH: 6.6%
Fermentation
Primary: 28 days @ 66° F
Secondary: 6 days @ 68° F
Tasting Reviews
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45-50 = Outstanding 30-37 = Very Good 14-20 = Fair
38-44 = Excellent 21-29 = Good 00-13 = Problematic
Review by BJCP Certified Judge (BJCP Certified Judge)
Aroma: 10 / 12 Moderate vanilla & bourbon. Low background malts.
Appearance: 2 / 3 Black opaque. Dry for style. Brown head disappears quickly.
Flavor: 17 / 20 Rich vanilla and malt sweetness. Low bitterness. Malt flavors include carmel and toffee. Even though dark no strong roasted flavors - good. Little bourbon. Vanilla dominates.
Mouthfeel: 4 / 5 Medium full body. High for style. Nice creaminess. Low carbonation.
Overall Impression: 8 / 10 Vanilla dominates and works well with the style. Complex malt body high for the style and effects some drinkability. Light body slightly. Clean fermentation and enjoyable beer. Low on bourbon.
Cumulative Score: 41 / 50 Excellent
Review by BJCP Apprentice Judge (BJCP Apprentice Judge)
Aroma: 9 / 12 Vanilla, slight chocolate malt.
Appearance: 2 / 3 Dark black & thin tan head.
Flavor: 16 / 20 Vanilla cocoa, malty sweet, hot chocolate.
Mouthfeel: 4 / 5 Nice medium body silky smooth.
Overall Impression: 9 / 10 Nice beer. The vanilla is very up front and accentuates the chocolate malt flavor. Very nice clean beer.
Cumulative Score: 40 / 50 Excellent
Review by BJCP Certified
Aroma: 9 / 12

Chocolate notes mixed with vanilla. Slight sweet maltiness. No hop aroma. Some fruit esters, prune. No diacetyl. No DMS.

Appearance: 2 / 3

Dark brown color. Some garnet highlights. No head even when swirled. Clear when held to light.

Flavor: 14 / 20

Big milk chocolate flavor up front. Flavors blend well. Some sweet maltiness. Medium hop bitterness, balanced sweetness. Low hop flavor. No diacetyl. Nice finish. Slight dryness.

Mouthfeel: 5 / 5

Medium full body. Medium carbonation. Nice creaminess. No astringency. Low alcohol warmth.

Overall Impression: 7 / 10

A very nice beer. Robust porter characteristics a bit low. More like a brown porter. Vanilla and dark malts balance well. Very drinkable.

Cumulative Score: 37 / 50 Very Good
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Bottle Label
Awards & Competitions
Entry Name: Winter Vanilla Porter
Competition: Wisconsin State Fair Homebrew Competition
Date: May 16, 2009
Style: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
Place: 2nd (Silver)
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