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Vanilla Porter 2.0

July 7, 2017

Some times stepping away from a project is beneficial & will refresh ones thoughts & opinions.  The vanilla porter has been a staple of our beer list since we opened in 2011.  Toward the end of 2016 there was a couple batches I wasn't entirely happy with.  Later, I determined the cause was bad vanilla beans. Between the bad vanilla beans & the monotonicity of frequently brewing the vanilla porter I decided to stop brewing it for awhile.   Not until I tapped a oatmeal raisin stout I'd brewed during that winter, did I realize I wanted to attempt another batch of vanilla porter.  The oatmeal raisin stout was smooth & creamy because of proper water chemistry, utilizing new ingredients & techniques.  Like a lot of recipes I do, I started from scratch.  I'd been using  golden promise, a more expensive ,but higher quality pale malt for my Double India Pale Ales.  If you compared brewing a beer to building a house, the base malt is the foundation.  Some base malts may be a wood foundation & others solid concrete.  Golden Promise is a solid heavy duty concrete foundation.  I didn't change much when it came to specialty grains other than increasing them.  Technically, this beer would be considered a oatmeal porter due to the amount of flaked & malted oats used in it.  When it comes to vanilla,  I use to use whole bean ,but the oils from the beans made head retention & lacing difficult.  So I eventually switched to organic vanilla bean powder. Which worked alright for awhile until I got a couple bad batches.  So I decided to go back to using whole vanilla beans.

PA Grand Canyon Vanilla Porter - 6.2 % with notes of dark chocolate, velvety creaminess, latte & vanilla with a nice surprisingly smooth roastiness in the finish.

 

 

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