Originally Posted by pilafdm
I'm planning to add vanilla beans and a little rosewater to my winter warmer during secondary. I just realized I forgot to add my cocoa nibs, which I had planned to add during boil. Anything wrong with just making the a sludge out of rosewater, vodka, vanilla beans and the cocoa nibs?
Nope...in fact, I would say adding the nibs in secondary is the way to go. I would have advised against throwing them into the boil.
I recently used 6oz in a 10% dark wheat wine. I sanitized them in vodka for a few days and then tossed the whole thing into secondary. This was for a 3.5 gallon batch. I meant to leave the beer in secondary for only a month, but it ended up being several instead. At bottling the beer had a definite, rich chocolate aroma and flavor. Perhaps less subtle than I intended, but I think it is going to be an outstanding beer.