I'm going to brew a cream stout this weekend, and want to make it a little different by adding some vanilla bean and sweet orange peal to the recipe. I've never worked with either ingredient, so I don't have any idea what constitutes a reasonable amount for a 5 gallon batch. Does anyone with experience using either of these additions have any recommendations?

Tags: orange, stout, vanilla

Views: 68

Replies to This Discussion

I have used lemon zest before and would consider using orange zest for sure. I would definitely try fresh orange zest if you have a "zester". Probably 3-4 oranges would give you enough zest 1-2 oz. that may be enough to overcome the strong malt flavors without being overbearing. I also just used a package of orange bitters from my LHBS in a Belgian wit that ended up with a decent orange flavor. You can add zest at the end of the boil to reduce boil off of the flavorful essential oils and if it's not strong enough you can add more in secondary. I have never used vanilla bean before but you could find some answers on homebrewtalk.com. I probably wouldn't use vanilla beans until secondary and let the stout condition on it. Hope this helps! Happy brewing!



I've added Orange to a wheat beer in the past to add a bit of extra flavour.  Really nice in the summer on the deck.  What I used was one large orange per gallon.  I put in whole orange slices with peel, but know that generally they recommend zest and maybe the juice depending on the recipe.


Latest Activity

Elliot James added a discussion to the group Writers

Poem I wrote the night before I overdosed in 2010. No title, just talks about heartbreak, suicide, and sadness.

Oh fair maidenDo you sing to the sea like I cry to the moonWith a heart of sorrow and tales of blueTears streaming like banners beneath a midnight skyAching pains which never die?Do you stare with eyes red like your flushed cheeksDo you whisper her name like I choke on yours for weeksDo you taste the thousand regrets and lies on your tongueLike whiskey burning with the fury of the sun? Does time fly past you like little birdsDoes nothing ever sparkle, even the prettiest of wordsDo you scratch…See More
1 hour ago
Rick Hipkins joined James Machamer's group


A place where many good and worthy fellows can discuss all things Masonic.
3 hours ago
Ryan Tucker joined N. Vest's group

Old School Iron

For fans of the Mace, Club and KettleSee More
5 hours ago
David R. replied to certified male's discussion Walking around the house naked
"My general rule is this: If the other person(s) I share the house with (spouse, children, roommate, housemate, etc.) feel(s) uncomfortable with my being naked, then I don't do it unless I am all alone."
6 hours ago
Jay replied to Jay's discussion Is it possible to accurately predict someone else's past or present emotions?
"The emotions felt during past or present experiences. Future ones could be predicted but can't be confirmed by the individual as they haven't been experienced yet.The emotions you experienced are: 'Compassion tinged with a feeling of…"
6 hours ago
Sir replied to Jay's discussion Is it possible to accurately predict someone else's past or present emotions?
"I'm unclear on what it means to predict past or present, rather than future, events. OK, so my mood is calm (or is it anxious?), perception is -1, and reaction is -3.  What can you get from this?"
7 hours ago
Jay posted discussions
7 hours ago
Ischuros joined Slacker's group


A place for writers to discuss and critique projects.
7 hours ago

© 2015   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service