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Ed's Head Vanilla Porter

Ed's Head Vanilla Porter

Brown Porter • All Grain • 11 gal


This has the makings of a very good beer...I am going to make 10 gallons and then split it at secondary and add vanilla beans to both batches. For the last 5 days before kegging, I am going to add to one of them some oak chips and then add some Jim Beam at kegging to make a Vanilla Bourbon Porter. Going to brew this next week. Have used this base recipe before to make a smoked porter which was fantastic

April 20, 2013 at 10:56pm

4.0/5.0 1 rating

Ingredients (All Grain11 gal)

  • 2 lbs Crystal Malt 90°L

    Crystal Malt 90°L

    Body and Richness. Distictive Nutty flavor and or sweet, smooth caramel flavor and a red to deep red color. For porters, old ales.

  • 15 lbs 2-Row Brewers Malt; Briess

    2-Row Brewers Malt; Briess

    Mild malty flavor. Characteristics & Applications: • Base malt for all beer styles • Smoother, less grainy flavor than 6-Row Brewers Malt. • Slightly higher yield than 6-Row Brewers Malt. • Slight lower protein than 6-Row Brewers Malt. • Produced from AMBA/BMBRI recommended 2-Row Malting Barley varieties.

  • 1 lbs American Black Patent

    American Black Patent

    Provides color and sharp flavor in stouts and porters.

  • 2 lbs Weyermann CaraMunich® III; Weyermann

    Weyermann CaraMunich® III; Weyermann

    Provides body. For Oktoberfest, bock, porter, stout, red, amber and brown ales.

  • 1.5 lbs American Caramel 40°L

    American Caramel 40°L

    Provides color, a unique flavor, body, and contributes to foam retention and beer stability.

  • 2 lbs Corn Flaked (Maize)

    Corn Flaked (Maize)

    Generally a neutral flavor, used to reduce maltiness of beer. Produces beer with a milder, less malty flavor. Uses: Primarily for light Bohemian and Pilsner lagers.

  • 1.25 oz Cluster - 6.8 AA% pellets; boiled 60 min


    Used for bittering and flavor qualities in light and dark American lagers. Aroma is very floral.

  • .75 oz Cluster - 6.8 AA% pellets; boiled 25 min


    Used for bittering and flavor qualities in light and dark American lagers. Aroma is very floral.

  • 4 ea Vanilla (whole bean) - in secondary (omitted from calculations)

    Vanilla (whole bean)

    Vanilla Beans have a sweet, perfumed aroma with a woody or smoky flavor. Pure Vanilla Extract has a similar aroma. Vanilla Beans are the long, greenish-yellow seed pods of the tropical orchid plant, Vanilla planifolia. Before the plant flowers, the pods are picked, unripe, and cured until they're dark brown. The process takes up to six months.

  • White Labs WLP028 Edinburgh Scottish Ale

    White Labs WLP028 Edinburgh Scottish Ale

    Scotland is famous for its malty, strong ales. This yeast can reproduce complex, flavorful Scottish style ales. This yeast can be an everyday strain, similar to WLP001. Hop character is not muted with this strain, as it is with WLP002.

Style (BJCP)

Category: 12 - Porter

Subcategory: A - Brown Porter

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.050 1.040 - 1.052
Terminal Gravity: 1.011 1.008 - 1.014
Color: 25.2 SRM 20 - 30
Alcohol: 5.0% ABV 4% - 5.4%
Bitterness: 25.1 IBU 18 - 35



It Was A Hit

2017-04-19 12:55pm

This turned out really well and was a hit with all who tried it. Smooth and creamy. I also did another batch where I added some bourbon soaked oak chips....even better!!!

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