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Hi all,

Initially I planned on just adding vanilla beans to this stout while it continues to sit in my fermentation bucket, but wondering about what other interesting ingredients anyone might suggest. My previous porter was "bourbon barrel porter" with makers mark and wood chips, so wanted to play with something different this time. So far only have vanilla beans in mind, but is there anything else that might work? Bottling the beer maybe three weeks from now and plan to let it sit all year for holiday gifts next winter. What would be a age-friendly addition? Maybe should just stick with bourbon and wood again after all... but yah any ideas much appreciated.

Thanks, Greg
Oh and the recipe I went with this time is here:

https://bodobeers.wordpress.com/homebrew-recipes/3-imperial-vanilla-stout/

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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2015, 07:28:41 PM »
You could try coffee. Or there's always the option to leave it be and not add anything.
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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2015, 07:37:50 PM »

You could try coffee. Or there's always the option to leave it be and not add anything.
Doing this today with an American stout. Lots of ways to do it too. Whole beans in the fermenter, course cracked beans, cold brewed.

I just made some cold brew last night. 1/2 pound of local espresso beans + 40 ounces of water = 25 ounces of very concentrated coffee perfect for 5 gallons IMO.

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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2015, 07:41:20 PM »

You could try coffee. Or there's always the option to leave it be and not add anything.
Doing this today with an American stout. Lots of ways to do it too. Whole beans in the fermenter, course cracked beans, cold brewed.

I just made some cold brew last night. 1/2 pound of local espresso beans + 40 ounces of water = 25 ounces of very concentrated coffee perfect for 5 gallons IMO.

Oh... I guess I didn't mention my method. When I do my breakfast stout, I add two ounces of ground coffee at flameout. Then I add another two ounces of ground coffee to the secondary. I use a dark roast of sorts. Usually it's Sumatra.
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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2015, 07:46:58 PM »
Husband just bottled his American Wild Stout today. RIS with Pedio, Brett L, and Maker's Mark soaked oak cubes.

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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2015, 07:48:27 PM »
How about nothing at all?  Beer flavored beer...
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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2015, 08:06:20 PM »
How about nothing at all?  Beer flavored beer...
Coming from the 'Experimental Beer' coauthor... ;)
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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2015, 08:26:52 PM »
I add 1.5 oz of coarse ground coffee beans to a 2.5 gallon keg of imperial stout. It's awesome.

I added the beans on a Tuesday night and pulled them on a Friday.

My buddy who owns a roastery - and who enjoyed a couple pints yesterday - said that after about 18 hours you've extracted all you will extract.


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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2015, 08:27:15 PM »
You must put coffee in it. Nothing fires up my beer drinking motor like a good coffee stout. They help me find my second wind. Kind of the beer drinkers red bull n vodka, even if its only subliminal

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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2015, 08:40:57 PM »
I too like coffee in an Imp Stout.  I add 4oz of coarse beans in the fermenter.  I usually do about 3 days before I rack.  Usually a local dark roast.  I'm moving my 17.5 gallons of my Imp Stout to secondary tomorrow.  5 gallons get Tawny Port soaked oak spiral.  5 gallons get Old Forester soaked spiral, and 2 gallons get bottled straight up.  Going to secondary kegs for the first time.  Guess I'll tie the oak and suspend it somehow.     
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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2015, 09:19:08 PM »
How about nothing at all?  Beer flavored beer...
Coming from the 'Experimental Beer' coauthor... ;)

My experiments generally take other directions.  Drew's the weirdo!  ;)
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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2015, 12:12:51 AM »

...Maker's Mark soaked oak cubes.

One of my favorites!
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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2015, 12:16:46 AM »
I vote Cocoa nibs and coffee. But that's because I have a stout on tap right now that I did with Cocoa nibs and it's freaking fantastic! It would be a great holiday gift as your planning. BTW, feel free to shoot me a PM when it's ready so you can get me mailing address :D


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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2015, 03:17:52 AM »
If you want to bring some of the dark fruit character forward try adding oak soaked in port wine.

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Re: Imperial stout secondary/additions - what should i put in my stout?
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2015, 04:10:39 AM »
Kopi luwak.
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