A Note on Extracts
This recipe called for vanilla extract. And it worked beautifully. When enjoyed shortly after the bottling, the beer’s thickness in combination with the vanilla extract reminded me of Belching Beaver’s Peanut Butter Milk Stout. But, then something strange happened over time: the vanilla extract notes faded. This has been my experience using add-ins across the board; what is one day an amazing addition of flavor, shortly turns into nothingness. So, the takeaway from this recipe is: enjoy shortly after bottling. This beer does not lend itself well to aging – because what makes it so special (the vanilla extract) fades so quickly. I’ve updated my best practices post accordingly.
Gravity readings were spot on target. The only issue going forward is to whether or not bump up the ABV to better match the profile of the beer.