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Old 09-30-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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I am looking to add one vanilla bean to a 5 gal seconday with 10% ABV beer.

On one occation I touched this bean with my hands. Does that mean that the bean is no longer sterile and will infect my beer if i put it in? Or will the 10% ABV keep the infection in check?

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Old 09-30-2009, 10:10 PM   #2
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Why would you assume it was sterile before you touched it?

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Old 09-30-2009, 10:15 PM   #3
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Many things in my country are sterile when we buy them, but far from all. This particular Vanilla Bean came in a sealed test-tube from the pharmacy and i suppose that tricked me into believing that it was, but I cannot know for sure.

What would you do with it if you were in my shoes?

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I would slice the bean in half, cut it into strips, and soak it in just enough rum, vodka, or whiskey to cover the strips for a week, then dump the entire contents into the secondary.

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Old 09-30-2009, 10:23 PM   #5
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Ok, thanks! Marius

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