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Old 05-30-2009, 05:33 PM   #11
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Best place I know for vanilla beans is:
The Organic Vanilla Bean Company LLC Home Page


lb Gr A Certified Organic Bourbon Vanilla Beans 7" to 8" long

PRICE: $22.00

lb Gr A Certified Organic Tahitian Vanilla Beans 6" - 7" long
PRICE: $18.00

lb Gr A Certified Organic Bourbon Vanilla Beans 7" to 8" long
Grade A Gourmet Planifolia Beans - Metric: 113gm / 17,5 - 20 cm long
Price
$12.50

lb Gr A Certified Organic Tahitian Vanilla Beans 6" to 7" long
Grade A Gourmet Beans - Metric: 227gm / 15 - 17,5 cm long
Price
$10.00

Very reasonable prices. out of 3/4 a pound I got nearly 100 beans for under $30.00 including shipping. They are very fast on the shipping too.

 
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:17 AM   #12
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humm I have some whole vanilla beans here too... Are you crushing them or just seeping them whole in the fermentor?
split them long ways. add to secondary.

 
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:18 AM   #13
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Does anyone know of a good place to buy beans? Local store just started carrying them and they are around 8 bucks each. Was wondering if there was an online options to save some money.

Side note anyone grow their own? Talk about making a killing, I was reading about it and you need a warm, indirect light, humid area. However they grow 25 feet in length and need to be hand pollinated.... lol
the organic vanilla bean company is the only place i will buy the. DO NOT BUY THE ONES AT THE GROCERY STORE!!! they will rape you.

 
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:19 AM   #14
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Two vanilla beans should be plenty at that length. I am assuming that they are dry because it is exceedingly difficult to find fresh, non-dry vanilla beans in the states.
My parents picked up a bunch from a vanilla plantation in Tahiti. Those beans did not even begin to compare to the dry ones bought here. The flavour was so powerful and delicious. It was amazing.
These are fresh beans, i get mine from the organic vanilla bean company and they come direct, in vacuum sealed containers and they are still moist.

 
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:52 PM   #15
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My buddy is a chef and he hooks me up with beans from Pendery's...
Home waay cheaper than those other sites..

 
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:15 AM   #16
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You guys have inspired me..I had 5 vanilla beans laying around so I picked up some cherries at the store and made this ...

I did changed the recipe alittle bit...

One gallon
2 and 1/2 pounds honey
2 cups med homemade maple syrup
2 vanilla beans
1 lb cherries added during second racking..

I had to add the syrup bacause the OG was alittle low, hoping it works out fine

 
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