2 beans split and scraped into a liter of decent quality vodka. Keep in the dark, shake well everyday, and after about a month you have a great homemade pure vanilla extract. Keep a small amount in the cabinet for cooking (I use a airline size liqour bottle) and put the rest of the vanilla away in the dark. Shake it every week or two and as the amount decreases, you can add more vodka and wait for the vanilla to build up its flavor again.
Secondary: Newcastle Clone
Bottled: Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Porter, Vanilla Cream Ale, American Wheat
Party pigs: Hex Nut Brown Ale