Oatmeal vanilla stout

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Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby Monte Cristo » Sun Jul 30, 2017 16:36

It's a while since I did a stout and for AG47 I've got this recipe which I think look pretty tasty. I'm think of using vanilla extract instead of pods has anybody else done this and if so how much did you use?Image


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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby oz11 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 23:14

If you're using extract it might be better to dose it to taste at drinking time.
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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby robwalker » Wed Aug 02, 2017 13:03

Raw will give a better flavour without a doubt. But you could conduct trials by using a 1ml syringe and dose a pint of supermarket Stout
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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby Monte Cristo » Wed Aug 02, 2017 13:13

Not a bad idea chaps, thanks although may still go with the beans yet haven't decided.


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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby Monte Cristo » Fri Aug 18, 2017 18:00

Right, I've decided to use raw vanilla, I'm going to split the batch and only add vanilla to 11ltrs.
What do you think 1 pod?
Do you just chuck them in?


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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby oz11 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 19:03

Monte Cristo wrote:Right, I've decided to use raw vanilla, I'm going to split the batch and only add vanilla to 11ltrs.
What do you think 1 pod?
Do you just chuck them in?


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Many ways to do it. I chopped up two beans, soaked in vodka for a couple of weeks and added to the bottling bucket, straining out the solids.
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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby Monte Cristo » Fri Aug 18, 2017 19:44

Ah right, well I've just chucked 1 in and syphoned on top of it.
It could be Monte's blunder brew strikes again let's see what happens.
I would have thought if they are for food use they are going to lurgy free?


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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby oz11 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 20:51

Yeah, can't imagine there are any nasties on it. I chose the method I used as it was the first one I came across. Plenty of ways to skin a cat in this game.
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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby Brewzee » Fri Nov 10, 2017 07:22

How did the brew go. I added 1 tsp Dr Oetekar however spealt vanilla essence. ...with vanilla bits in it to my last stout. What surprised me was how it rounded off the roasted barley taste, normally I leave stout a couple of months but this was ready in weeks. Guess that's why all the crafty brewers like it.
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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby Monte Cristo » Fri Nov 10, 2017 08:39

The stout came out lovely but the vanilla didn’t come through to be honest. I put the pod in whole what should have done is put two in as oz suggested and chopped them up to release more flavour. Didn’t need to soak as I suspected, no infections.
The fg finished a little high at 1018 so it seems to have some sweetness but a lovely pint.


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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby john luc » Fri Nov 10, 2017 09:39

I would go the extract way on this as just about every brewer I know has tried to be original but end up disappointed. whether it be nuts or any caramel with extract you get good control and allows you to adjust with accuracy. I put 1 ml of Tesco salted caramel into a commercial 500ml bottle of stout and was happy with the balance. I will try different rates to confirm what is a good blend but also the extract has no fermentable sugars so what you get is what you keep in flavour addition.
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Re: Oatmeal vanilla stout

Postby Brewzee » Sat Nov 11, 2017 20:45

I agree about extracts giving control but I wish I didnt have to use them and I was wondering if leavng a vanilla pod in sugar that was then used for priming would work, might give it a try to see. I put 60g of cocoa powder at flame out into the last stout I made. Going into bottles tomorrow with a little splosh of vanilla essence :rofl:
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