Okay so my first mistake was making my pumpkin ale too late into the season, so I am just now starting to drink it a week before Thanksgiving. Second mistake, I wanted to add a hint of vanilla flavor to the beer during secondary so I added a vanilla bean. I sliced the bean down the length of it and left it in for one week.
Holy crap! This bean really gave off a lot of flavor. The beer still smells like a pumpkin and a bit of the spices I used, but that vanilla aftertaste comes in like a freight train.
How many/much vanilla bean(s) do you guys use for say.....a vanilla beer, or how about a beer with just a hint of vanilla, or how much is just under the noticeable bar?
I understand a lot of people on here use extract. Same questions apply, how much make a vanilla beer, how much for a hint, and how much is undetectable? Thanks.