I decided to brew the Vanilla Porter again. That’s the third time for this one – that’s the most I’ve brewed a specific beer.
I had some issues though. First, I wanted to use the porter recipe that I came up with as the "base" for this, instead of the porter kit I’ve used in the past. But, when I had the chance to go to the homebrew store last week I didn’t have my recipe with me, so I ended up just getting the kit.
Second, I didn’t have any vanilla beans. I went to Trader Joe’s (where I’ve gotten them in the past) and they were out. Apparently TJ’s only carries them certain times of the year. That’s a problem. You see, TJ’s vanilla beans are 2 for $5. I went to Dominick’s and there they are $12 – for just one bean! Yikes! I decided to try vanilla extract instead (real vanilla extract, not imitation). A good part of homebrewing is experimenting, right?
We’ll see how it turns out.