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Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Porter

Tasting Notes:

This is a big, full-bodied, full-flavored beer. It's like drinking a meal. When I brew it, I usually only add the Maker's Mark to 1/2 of the batch. Some people love the bourbon flavor, others don't care for it. The vanilla flavor is best from whole vanilla beans, but if you can't find them, then make sure you use pure vanilla extract, not the imitation stuff.

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Ingredients
Malt
  1. 1.50 lb Brown Malt (65.0 SRM) Grain 8.8 %
  2. 1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 5.9 %
  3. 0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2.9 %
  4. 0.50 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 2.9 %
  5. 11.00 lb Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (1.8 SRM) Grain 64.7 %
  6. 2.50 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 14.7 %
Hops
  1. 0.75 oz Magnum [14.00%] (60 min) Hops 29.1 IBU
  2. 1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00%] (10 min) Hops 5.0 IBU
Yeast
  1. American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056)
Specialty
  1. 2.00 Whole vanilla beans (Secondary 14.0 days)

Steps
  1. Mash/Grains: Grain Temperature: 72.0 F Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F Sparge Water: 3.6 gal, Mash In Add 21.25 qt of water at 161.4 F 150.0 F for 75 min
  2. Boil: Bring wort to a boil for 60 minutes and add 0.75 oz Magnum hops (60 minutes)
  3. Boil: At 10 minutes add 1.00 oz East Kent Golding hops
  4. Fermentation: Primary ferment for 14 days
  5. Fermentation: After primary, slit open 2 vanilla beans. Scrape the insides, chop the pods into quarters, add to secondary fermenter, rack beer onto vanilla.
  6. Fermentation: Taste periodically for the correct balance.
  7. Bottling: Rack to bottling bucket and add 1.5-2.5 oz/gal of Maker's Mark (to your taste).

Recipe Notes

This is a big grain bill and requires you to sparge more than normal. You will collect much more wort and will also have to boil for longer (90-120 mins). If you don't, then your efficiency and OG will be low.

Beer Stats
  • Style: Porter
  • OG: 1.078
  • FG: 1.018
  • ABV: 7.9%
  • IBU: 32
  • Color: 30.8
Recipe Stats
  • Type: All-Grain
  • Batch Size: 5.5 gal.
  • Boiling Time: 60 min.

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