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beersdeep 09-16-2012 04:30 PM

Vanilla bean question
 
I'm trying a mocha porter recipe today. It calls for two vanilla beans in the primary. Is there something I need to do or do I just throw a bean in there? Seems unsanitary to just toss it in, so should I be slicing and gutting it instead?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Golddiggie 09-16-2012 04:35 PM

Split and scape the bean insides and toss it all into the brew. Some will tell you to soak in vodka, or other alcohol, but it's not critical to do that.

By-Tor 09-16-2012 04:39 PM

If you are putting it in the primary, you should wait until the gravity is at it's target FG. Soaking it in burbonfor a week helps to bring out it"s flavor.

By-Tor 09-16-2012 04:45 PM

the burbon will also kill any bacteria that may be on the beans

passedpawn 09-16-2012 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by By-Tor (Post 4417275)
If you are putting it in the primary, you should wait until the gravity is at it's target FG. Soaking it in burbonfor a week helps to bring out it"s flavor.

Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) is used to extract the vanilla bean oils. That's the main component of the vanilla extract in your kitchen cupboard. Your beer also contains ethanol, so I'd say there's no need to extract it before you add the bean.

However, if you add anything that has not been sanitized to your beer, you are rolling the dice. Go ahead and roll, it's your beer. But I would sanitize the outside of the bean, then splay it, then add it to the beer. The inside of the bean, assuming the case was intact, is probably sterile.

To sanitize, you could use star san or high-ABV ethyl alcohol. Vodka is common, and bourbon would work too. So, I guess I agree with By-Tor. :)

By-Tor 09-16-2012 05:00 PM

I try to dryhop everything after the vigorous fermentation, so I don't blow out any flavor, or gum up the works.

Denny 09-16-2012 06:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by golddiggie (Post 4417265)
split and scape the bean insides and toss it all into the brew. Some will tell you to soak in vodka, or other alcohol, but it's not critical to do that.

this^^^^!

beersdeep 09-16-2012 07:12 PM

Thanks.

passedpawn 09-16-2012 09:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Denny (Post 4417528)
this^^^^!

Would you put a uncleaned stick in your beer Denny? How is a vanilla bean different? You are solid wrong here.

I don't understand the lack of care when it comes to these things. I'm not over-zealous, it's just common sense here.

SpeedYellow 09-17-2012 03:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by passedpawn
...But I would sanitize the outside of the bean, then splay it, then add it to the beer.

this advice seems unsound for a couple reasons. First, there's no reason to add the hulls since the flavor is inside, so you're just increasing your risk of infection. Second, by not scraping out the guts, you'll be getting poor utilization, which will require more beans and hence greater risk of infection.

Scraping out and adding just those scrapings, whether "sanitized" or not, seems wiser.


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