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Title: Bourbon Porter
Post by: mikeroni on October 12, 2012, 02:15:28 AM
I brewed a standard porter about a month ago and added ½ a bottle of Jim Beam, 8 oz of cocoa nibs and 2 vanilla beans a week ago to the secondary and now it is re-fermenting.  I have bubbles in the S airlock every 2 -3 minutes.  Not sure if this is normal and if it is how long it will take to stop.
Title: Re: Bourbon Porter
Post by: tschmidlin on October 12, 2012, 06:30:35 AM
It is not refermenting, because you haven't added anything much that is fermentable.

Bubbles are not a good indicator of fermentation activity anyway, and one every 2-3 minutes is meaningless.  That is more likely to be the effect of the beer cooling off at night and heating up during the day.

If it has been sitting for a month it is as done as it will get.  Taste it daily to see if the vanilla/cocoa flavor is where you want it, then package the beer.
Title: Re: Bourbon Porter
Post by: pehlman on October 16, 2012, 03:54:16 AM
It is not refermenting, because you haven't added anything much that is fermentable.

I agree.

I did a beer much like this a while ago and found that it would bubble for a bit any time I would add something to it. But just because I would move the fermenter around a bit, as well as what tschmidlin said... temperature changes can do the same.

Sounds like quite a flavor bomb. I bet its gonna be great! :) I always find beers like that to take quite well to aging. As the flavors blend together... its a beautiful thing.
Title: Re: Bourbon Porter
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on October 16, 2012, 01:49:14 PM
I brewed a standard porter about a month ago and added ½ a bottle of Jim Beam, 8 oz of cocoa nibs and 2 vanilla beans a week ago to the secondary and now it is re-fermenting.  I have bubbles in the S airlock every 2 -3 minutes.  Not sure if this is normal and if it is how long it will take to stop.

That's a LOT of Beam!

What's it tasting like?
Title: Re: Bourbon Porter
Post by: Slowbrew on October 16, 2012, 01:56:33 PM
I brewed a standard porter about a month ago and added ½ a bottle of Jim Beam, 8 oz of cocoa nibs and 2 vanilla beans a week ago to the secondary and now it is re-fermenting.  I have bubbles in the S airlock every 2 -3 minutes.  Not sure if this is normal and if it is how long it will take to stop.

That's a LOT of Beam!


I agree but it really depends on the definition of "bottle".  Half of a 1/5 would be a lot.  Half of a pocket bottle, not so much.   8)

Paul
Title: Re: Bourbon Porter
Post by: Joe Sr. on October 16, 2012, 02:51:09 PM
If I'm not mistaken, Denny's BVIP calls for about a half of a fifth.

It does seem like a lot of bourbon, but it's going into 5 gallons.
Title: Re: Bourbon Porter
Post by: Pinski on October 16, 2012, 03:17:30 PM
I added 375 ml (1/2 a fifth) to my bourbon porter per Denny's recipe and have been really happy with the results. 
Title: Re: Bourbon Porter
Post by: denny on October 17, 2012, 12:55:23 AM
If I'm not mistaken, Denny's BVIP calls for about a half of a fifth.

It does seem like a lot of bourbon, but it's going into 5 gallons.

Yep, it's not as overwhelming as it sounds like.