Milli | Vanilla Porter is no Milli Vanilli. No imitation essence or extract involved here, we are talking about a smooth robust full bodied English Style Porter pumped up to the Max with some of PNG finest Vanilla planifolia beans dry hopped into the secondary to add a sensational spiced vanilla song to up an already well rounded out beer. You can break out some of your favourite Milli Vanilli beats while you brew this one or hum your own tunes fireside as you warm up your brewing and social life with family and friends.
½ teaspoon of calcium sulphate added to the mash per 5 gallons of finished beer.
Mill the Grains (excluding the rolled barley). Mix the Rolled Barley into the grist post milling.
Mash In - Dough in your normal mash regime (say 3 Litres of Mash Water to 1 Kg of Grain or approx. 16L of water at 53C), for a first 30 minutes protein rest mash at around 50C (122F) then raise the temperature over the next 15 mins to 68.9C (156F) and hold for another 30 minutes.
Mash Out - Raise the temperature to mash out at 76C (168F) for 10 minutes.
Sparge slowly - with 14 litres of 76C (169F) water, collecting wort until the pre-boil volume is around 25 L (6.5 US gal)
Boil - vigorous boil for 90 mins.
Add the bittering hop addition with 60 minutes remaining from end of boil.
Add third and final hop addition at flameout 0 minutes from end of boil.
Chill the wort rapidly to 22 °C (72 °F), let the break material settle, rack to the fermenter and aerate thoroughly.
Begin fermentation at 22 °C (72 °F) and let it free rise temperature to 24 °C (75 °F ).
Post primary fermentation rack off into separate fermenter or rack off the yeast and slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and open them up. Scrape the tar-like interior of the vanilla bean out of the husk and put it and the husk into the secondary fermenter like a dry hop addition. Wait 2-4 weeks for the vanilla to extract into the beer. Sampling periodically is fun, but not strictly necessary, as it will be difficult to get too much vanilla in the beer. Optional Note: some brewers like to take extra care here and first soak the vanilla in a vodka solution and create a tincture to insure it is clean and sterile prior to dropping into the beer.
When finished, carbonate the beer to approximately 1.7 to 2.3 volumes of CO2.
Food pairing and Glass Match (Snifter or Pint glass)
Oysters or creamy Seafood Chowder
Dark Venison or Beef Stew
Boiled Bacon and Cabbage
American Style BBQ - Ribs or Brisket
English Stilton and similar mellow blue cheeses
Dark Chocolate Cake or Brownies
Rich Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream (Bulla)
BeerCo Recipe Kit Contents:
Malt - 5.25 Kg (Milled or Unmilled - You Choose)
Hops - 30g Sabro US Hops
Yeast - 2 x Lallemand Brewing Nottingham Ale Yeast or x1 Bluestone Yeast Pitch
Adjuncts - 2 x PNG Grade B Vanilla Beans
Water mineral adjustments and brewing aids not included (optional).
Sauces of Brewspiration and Further Reading and Viewing on the Style: