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Old 08-30-2009, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default How do you use a vanilla bean in the secondary

I am going to be brewing a porter that calls for a single vanilla bean in the secondary. Should I split the bean and use the inside or just throw the whole bean into the secondary? Should I be concerned of sanitizing the bean before putting into the secondary? If so what is the best method to sanitize the vanilla bean?

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Old 08-30-2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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What works best for me is to split the bean and scrape out the inside (where the flavor is). Soak the inside of the bean in vodka for a day, then put the vodka with the vanilla into secondary.

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Some people split them and scrape the insides a little bit and throw them in, some split/scrape/soak in vodka for a day and dump that all in.

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Ever consider extract additions. This place has some nice variety in fruit and vanilla: Orange Extract - Cook's Pure Orange Flavor Extract.

Check them out, you might decide this might be an option.

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Thanks for the posts. Does the oil in the vanilla bean affect head retention?

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Some people split them and scrape the insides a little bit and throw them in, some split/scrape/soak in vodka for a day and dump that all in.
I've made a vanilla milk stout a couple times. What I did was split the beans lengthwise, dump it into a small glass jar and cover 'em with the cheapest bourbon I could buy. Left it in the fridge for about a week. Then I dumped everything into the secondary for a couple weeks, kegged and it was great. Only wish the vanilla hadn't faded with age.
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Check out my "vanilla bean experiment" thread for Suggestions I made & was given...

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Thanks for the posts. Does the oil in the vanilla bean affect head retention?
It hasn't in the vanilla porter I put them in. It always pours rich and creamy and sticks around for usually the entire glass.
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I usually stick with the split and soak method (bourbon). I'm going to try the JD Honey Bourbon the next time I do it and dump it all in the bucket. Anyone else thirsty now?

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