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Old 09-21-2011, 01:07 AM   #1
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Need some input on how much and how long to use...I brewed up a pumpkin ale and wanted to use some vanilla during the secondary......

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Old 09-21-2011, 01:26 AM   #2
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I brewed a vanilla porter and used 1 whole bean. I chopped it up, seeds and all, and put about an ounce of vodka over it. I let it soak for a week like this, then added the tincture to the primary after fermentation was winding down. I left it for 7 days in the primary. I got a lot of vanilla flavor. I think the vodka extracts every last drop of flavor from the bean and serves to sanitize it as well.

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Old 09-21-2011, 04:13 PM   #3
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How big was the batch that were adding to?

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We brew a vanilla amber ale where we drop 1 sliced open vanilla bean into secondary for about a week. It gives the beer a lot of vanilla flavor which is what we were looking for with this beer. We are also going to add 1/3 of a bean to our Coffee Porter to round out the tannins a little bit. I love using vanilla beans but just be careful they can impart a lot of flavor in a short amount of time.

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How big was the batch that were adding to?
5 gallons.
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