So right now I have a 5 gallon batch of sweet stout sitting in my primary, and am planning on adding both cacao nibs and vanilla beans to the secondary. I have zero brewing experience with either of these items, so I don't quite know the quantity to use. My hope is to create a sweet stout with hints of both chocolate and vanilla. The overall purpose is almost as a dessert beer (if any such thing does exist), as opposed to something I would sit back and pound a dozen out in an evening. I have had Leinenkuegels (sp?) vanilla porter and loved it.
Just wanted to get some opinions on how many beans / amount of nibs to use.