add just enough vodka to cover completely.
~1/2 to 3/4 an ounce in 5+ gallons hasn't added heat to my big, dark beers.
I don't deny that it might be something in my method. There are so many people who swaer by tinctures that it seems it must be me. OTOH, I haven't found a need for them, either, so I don't really have any incentive to try again.
The last beer I made using this technique just netted scores of 43 and 45 so while I may be tool for bringing that up, I'm feeling pretty good about my process. YMMV.
I don't believe that is tool-ism. I do believe that it helps us as homebrewers to confirm we are headed in the right path with a recipe or process. Some like to compete, while others are fine without. It is all a part of honing our craft and why else would there be a judge certification program then? Congrats on those scores, BTW. Did you get lucky with any medals on those?
Thank you, I appreciate that. Yes, the scores were for the same beer, and earned it a gold.