Q: I am making a tincture of vanilla with the beans. A few once’s of vodka with the beans soaking in it. At what point should I add the tincture? I am assuming 10 days or so into fermentation.
A: the tincture would be best added into the secondary fermentation or once the primary fermentation is complete and we are at the finsihed gravity if using a single vessel
Q: How many pounds of grain in this recipe?
A: This recipe contains 17.5 lb of grains.
Q: Will one yeast packet work for a beer with this high of OG?
A: For this batch a yeast starter using the single packet of yeast, or purchasing a 2nd pack as a spare item on the order would be recommended to limit issues with stalling or a stuck fermentation that could potentially arrive with a single direct pitch
Q: Can a dry yeast be used? If so which one and how many grams?
A: S-05 of Nottingham in a dry yeast, and 11gms per 5 gallons is a good usage rate for this recipe
Q: I mash and boil in 8 gal pots, are they large enough? Can this be fermented in a 6.5 gal Big Mouth Bubbler?
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Q: How long do you recommend this beer be fermented?
A: 10-14 days in primary and about 1-2 weeks in secondary before bottle conditioning
Q: How big is this beer, Gravity-wise?
A: Original gravity for this beer is 1.088. Around 8.6% abv
Q: How long should you leave the vanilla beans in the fermenter?
A: We recommend steeping the vanilla beans in the beer for about 7-14 days before bottling.
Q: I have a 5 gallon cooler/mashtun, will this beer put me over capacity?
A: This recipe will not work in a 5 gallon cooler mash tun. We recommend using a 10 gallon cooler mashtun.