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Old 12-26-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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I've done a little research by reading some old threads, but I was looking for some specifics. I have an imperial porter in my primary right now. I want to add something extra to my secondary. I thought of vanilla beans, cacao nibs, or coffee. I think I'm going to go for the vanilla beans. I've read you should sterilize them in some alcohol, ie vodka. I need to know how long. Does the vodka leech out any of the flavor? Should I just pour the vodka and beans into the secondary? Looking for any input from those who have tried. I'd also like to try some bourbon soaked cacao nibs for an upcoming brew.

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:09 PM   #2
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I just cut mine down the middle to open it up and spray it with a sanitizing spray gun.

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Really!? I have a 30 second no rinse sanitizer. That would do the trick then?

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That is what I did to the beer I'm drinking right now, I put mine in after the beer hit FG and the alcohol does a pretty good job of keeping infection out.

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Really, a chemical sani? LOL use liquor to prevent infections and kill bacteria!

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:18 PM   #6
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If I use a sanitizer I know it's a 30 second deal. If I use the vodka would it be roughly the same amount of soak time?

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Give it enough time to saturate middle of bean. A day or two usually works. Just use enough vodka to cover bean. Add vodka solution and bean to brew. I'd avoid using sanitizers as a means of sanitizing something that is not already clean. A sanitizer does not clean anything and you cannot sanitize a surface that has not been cleaned. This is a great misconception that needs to be squashed before more beers get infected!

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Thanks for the info!

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Small amount of sanitizer, but you gotta wonder about flavors imparted from it too. Soaking/sanitizing in booze works great and you can add it to the fermentor to avoid losing any flavor imparted to the sanitizing solution that way. Bourbon with vanilla works great in an imperial porter- search: Denny Conn's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter.

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The advantage of using alcohol to sanitize is that it will aid in the extraction of the flavors. Toss the vodka and bean/nibs right into the fermentor all together!

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