Author Topic: Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter  (Read 2588 times)

Offline bigv2004

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 15
    • View Profile
Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:11:07 PM »
Hi

I'm tried adding Denny Conn's Vanilla Bourbon Stout into Beersmith and i'm a little lost with mash / sparge volumes (I'm a homebrew newbie  :-[).
Can anyone help me out?
I got the recipe from here:http://www.brew365.com/beer_dennys_bourbon_vanilla_porter.php

I'm not sure how to attach the beersmith file I've created here. Can that be done?

Thanks
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 08:42:24 AM by bigv2004 »

RPIScotty

  • Guest
Re: Denny's Vanilla Boutbon Stout
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2015, 06:12:46 PM »
What is it that your confused about?

Offline bigv2004

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 15
    • View Profile
Re: Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2015, 06:16:34 PM »
It's converting the recipe on the website into a Beersmith recipe I can use which guides me through volumes of water I need. It would be great if someone could take a look at my beersmith recipe to see if it looks ok.
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 08:43:03 AM by bigv2004 »

RPIScotty

  • Guest
Re: Denny's Vanilla Boutbon Stout
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2015, 06:28:28 PM »
It's converting the recipe on the website into a Beersmith recipe I can use which guides me through volumes of water I need. It would be great if someone could take a look at my beersmith recipe to see if it looks ok.

I don't use BeerSmith but what seems to be the issue entering it in?

Offline Stevie

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 6858
    • View Profile
Re: Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Stout
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2015, 06:32:13 PM »
Have you read the beersmith blog on volumes and entering recipes?

I ignore volumes posted by others and rely on the volumes that work for me. I mash around between 1.5 and 1.7 volumes and batch sparge. I adjust my grist:water ratio to get volumes to the half gallon which makes it easier for me to measure.

Offline bigv2004

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 15
    • View Profile
Re: Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2015, 06:40:39 PM »
There's no issue entering in the information, but the recipe doesn't provide mash / sparge volumes. Are these volumes largely the same for each recipe, or do they differ?
I've recently finished a Black IPA brew where I ended up bottling approximately 12 litres (24 bottles).
So If I want to bottle twice this, do I keep the mash volume the same and increase the sparge volume or add water to the fermentation vessel?
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 08:43:17 AM by bigv2004 »

Offline bigv2004

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 15
    • View Profile
Re: Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2015, 06:45:58 PM »
Have you read the beersmith blog on volumes and entering recipes?

I ignore volumes posted by others and rely on the volumes that work for me. I mash around between 1.5 and 1.7 volumes and batch sparge. I adjust my grist:water ratio to get volumes to the half gallon which makes it easier for me to measure.

Can you explain the 1.5 and 1.7 volumes?  :-[
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 08:43:31 AM by bigv2004 »

Offline HoosierBrew

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 13030
  • Indianapolis,IN
    • View Profile
Re: Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Stout
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2015, 06:46:44 PM »
There's no issue entering in the information, but the recipe doesn't provide mash / sparge volumes. Are these volumes largely the same for each recipe, or do they differ?
I've recently finished a Black IPA brew where I ended up bottling approximately 12 litres (24 bottles).
So If I want to bottle twice this, do I keep the mash volume the same and increase the sparge volume or add water to the fermentation vessel?

Your target final volume is what dictates your mash/sparge volumes. If you want double the amount of your black IPA, you could double the mash/sparge volumes used for that beer to be in the ballpark. Having your mash runoff and sparge runoff being within a gallon of each other would be a good target to shoot for.

EDIT - As always, you need to take into account absorption by the grist and dead space of your mash tun. In other words you'd add these amounts to your target mash runoff to get what you're after in the kettle.

« Last Edit: October 27, 2015, 06:51:06 PM by HoosierBrew »
Jon H.

Offline Stevie

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 6858
    • View Profile
Re: Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Stout
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2015, 06:48:14 PM »
The recipe is likely written for a 5 gallon batch. Mash volume is determined by the total grain volume and mash thickness. Beersmith has some presets, but I don't know what they are as I deleted them and made my own for how I brew.

Do you have a copy of how to brew? Seems like you could bone up on some basic processes. If your previous batches were kits, it's likely that the instructions had this all detailed out for you.

Offline Stevie

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 6858
    • View Profile
Re: Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Stout
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2015, 06:49:11 PM »
I meant to say 1.5-1.7 qts/lb of grain.

Offline toby

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1021
  • Galvez, LA
    • View Profile
    • Beer Judge Chronicles
Re: Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Stout
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2015, 07:07:17 PM »
There's no issue entering in the information, but the recipe doesn't provide mash / sparge volumes. Are these volumes largely the same for each recipe, or do they differ?
I've recently finished a Black IPA brew where I ended up bottling approximately 12 litres (24 bottles).
So If I want to bottle twice this, do I keep the mash volume the same and increase the sparge volume or add water to the fermentation vessel?

Mash/sparge volumes are a function of your equipment, process, batch size, and target profile.  For a Denny porter/stout recipe, I would assume using a single infusion, medium body, batch sparge profile in BeerSmith.  Do you have your equipment profile already in BeerSmith?

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 19470
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Stout
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2015, 07:11:50 PM »
You're making this way too hard.  Start by mashing at a ratio of 1.65 qt./lb.  Round up to the mearest qt.  After you run off your mash, measure how much wort you have in the kettle.  Subtract that from the amount you want to boil.  The answer you get is how much sparge water to use.  Brad Smith is a good friend and Beersmith is a great piece of software, but you can do a lot without it.
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell

RPIScotty

  • Guest
Re: Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Stout
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2015, 07:39:24 PM »

You're making this way too hard.  Start by mashing at a ratio of 1.65 qt./lb.  Round up to the mearest qt.  After you run off your mash, measure how much wort you have in the kettle.  Subtract that from the amount you want to boil.  The answer you get is how much sparge water to use.  Brad Smith is a good friend and Beersmith is a great piece of software, but you can do a lot without it.

This. Remember that strike water is -> water to grist ratio (qts/lb)*grain weight


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Offline bigv2004

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 15
    • View Profile
Re: Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2015, 07:57:13 PM »
You're making this way too hard.  Start by mashing at a ratio of 1.65 qt./lb.  Round up to the mearest qt.  After you run off your mash, measure how much wort you have in the kettle.  Subtract that from the amount you want to boil.  The answer you get is how much sparge water to use.  Brad Smith is a good friend and Beersmith is a great piece of software, but you can do a lot without it.
Nice one. Thanks Denny
That is a tip i'll use until I get to grips with some more complex recipes.
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 08:43:49 AM by bigv2004 »

Offline bigv2004

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 15
    • View Profile
Re: Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2015, 08:01:26 PM »
BTW: Thanks for your help and quick responses.
Very helpful.
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 08:44:12 AM by bigv2004 »