BrewBlog: Winter Vanilla Porter
Specifics
Reference
Style:
Brewer: Bruce Buerger
Brew Date: November 8, 2008
Tap Date: December 11, 2008
Yield: 10 gallons
Reference
Color (SRM/EBC):
34.7/68.4
Bitterness (Calc): 34.4 IBU
BU/GU: 0.49
Calories: 235 (12 ounces)
Conditioning: Keg
ABV: 6.4%
ABW: 5%
Batch No: 1
OG: 1.070
OG (Plato): 17.06° P
Reading 1: 1.022  (28 days)
FG: 1.022
FG (Plato): 5.58° P
Real Extract: 7.65° P
App. Atten.: 67.3%
Real Atten.: 55.1%
General Information
Method: Partial Mash
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 @ 0 minutes  
Reference
Hops
Reference
Yeast
Wyeast London Ale - #1028 — Liquid — 6 cup starter
Mash
Mash Type: Step
Grain Amt. 9 pounds
Sparge Amt. .5 gallons
Sparge Temp. 170° F
Step Description Temp. Time
Steep Bring water to strike temp of 160 add grain to bag and bag to pot. 152° F 20 min.
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
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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