I'm going to make this as one of my Christmas beers and am super excited about it. I've read the whole thread and there seem to be a variety of ways people have added the mint to the beer: leaves only in secondary, leaves soaked in vodka in secondary, vodka without leaves in bottling bucket, extract in bottling bucket, leaves soaked in peppermint schnapps in bottling bucket or secondary, and even some adding to boil.
I definitely want to have a pronounced (noticeable) minty flavor, although not necessarily over the top. I would be disappointed if the mint dissipated prior to the holidays. Is there any kind of consensus on which way is best/most effective to add the mint? Does one way ensure the mint sticks around longer? I could just make it barely before Christmas, which isn't that far off anyway at this point, but I will be bottle conditioning so I need to allow ample time for carbing.
Additionally, I have a bunch of other beers going on and that I'm planning to brew, so available buckets is becoming an issue. Avoiding the need for a secondary would be wonderful/preferable if it won't be detrimental to the beer.