Originally Posted by michaelpeach76
Also, I'm more concerned about a vanilla aroma rather than flavor. Could I just drop the vanilla bean into my secondary and get aroma without it flavoring it?
Not really- the aroma and the flavor are coming from the same compound in the bean (vanillin). It's the sparkly crystals you see on the outside of the bean. Using a bean will give you better aroma than extract though, so I'd still do the vodka soak and toss everything in together. You want to soak the bean to sanitize the outside.
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