Originally Posted by JSomps6
I just put this in the secondary on Sunday... FYI I did not notice very much activity in the airlock after 2 weeks... I did not put the vanilla bean... mostly because I forgot... I'm going to bottle this weekend... Few more weeks and we'll see how it tastes cold and carbed.
Yeah, most of the fermentation is done after a week or so, but the extra time gives the cocoa powder and other crap in suspension extra time to settle out and gives the yeast a chance to clean up byproducts that could throw the flavor off.
It might be a little harsher bitterness without the vanilla bean. But then it might not. I haven't tried it without, so you might end up liking it better without. Let me know how it is next month!