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Old 03-10-2010, 06:01 PM   #21
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I have to ask...where are you all sourcing your beans?

My LHBS doesn't have them...and neither does my regular online shop.
http://morebeer.com/view_product/609...anilla_Beans_3

a lot cheaper than 14 bucks for 2
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:31 PM   #22
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My LHBS sells eight beans in a package for $7.50. Also, I was interested in this same question, thanks for asking it.

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Old 03-10-2010, 06:59 PM   #23
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If you have herb stores in your town they carry them as well. I buy my beans at a store called "Herbs etc." They carry stuff like tea, dropper bottles, herbs and other hippy stuff like that. Think I pay about $6 for 3 beans. I also agree with splitting them lengthwise and chopping them up a bit, then adding them to about a cup of vodka during the primary. Then adding it all to secondary for about 2 weeks.

I've read on these forums actually that adding the beans to the boil kills the flavor and aroma of the vanilla. I won't be trying that method.

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Old 03-24-2010, 05:15 PM   #24
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I made a Vanilla Porter about a year ago. Porter was dark but pretty basic to focus on the vanilla. I split the beans and soaked in just enough Vodka to cover the beans... Basically by doing so you are making a vanilla extract. The beans soaked for about a week (during primary ferm) and then the "extract" was added to the secondary ferm. It had a huge vanilla aroma but the vanilla flavor was subtle. As it aged, the aroma got weaker so the "vanillaness" was a bit lost with age.

Trying a new one now... This time I'm doing a brown porter, split two beans and put them in the mash. Then added two teaspoons of the "extract" near for the last 10 mins of an hour boil (5 gallon batch). I plan on tasting it after the primary and seeing if any vanilla flavor made it through.

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Old 03-28-2010, 01:17 AM   #25
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Rasberry vanilla melomel!

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Sounds like I'm pretty lucky! My LHBS The Flying Barrel sells vanilla beans in a pack of 8 for like $6. I haven't tested the quality yet since my current brew is in primary at the moment... but we'll see. Can't beat that price.

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Old 07-01-2010, 07:38 PM   #27
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penzey's spices has some of the best vanilla beans out there.

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Old 07-01-2010, 11:40 PM   #28
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penzey's spices has some of the best vanilla beans out there.
Penzey's is awesome. I haven't purchased any of their vanilla beans yet (because I don't know what I would do with them; I don't make many desserts), but that's where I buy most of my spices.
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I have to ask...where are you all sourcing your beans?

My LHBS doesn't have them...and neither does my regular online shop.
Amazon has them 15 bucks for 16 beans
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I split my beans and dump the seeds into a bottle with some neutral grain alcohol, then chop the bean itself to bits and add it as well. The beans sanitize in the alcohol and the alcohol extracts more flavor the longer you leave it in. Every day or so I give it a shake and let it sit for a month or two in a closed cabinet. Make sure you use a bottle with a wide enough hole to fit in a spoon so you can get out all of the stuff stuck on the bottom. When your beer has finished in the primary, dump the vanilla mixture into the carboy and rack on top of it. For darker beers or beers with a lot of roasted grains, you really need a lot of vanilla flavor to poke through the bitterness. I made the AHS double chocolate stout and used 5 or 6 beans with very little vanilla flavor. I get mine cheaper than what you guys have listed though.

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