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Old 09-27-2007, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default Whole vanilla beans

How should i use them? More importantly, do they need to be sanitized in some way?

I plan on using them tonight, anythoughts? I suppose if i need to i can add them later in the week but i want them in the primary during active fermentation.


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Old 09-27-2007, 12:32 AM   #2
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Split them and scrape the seeds from the insides. Then throw the whole thing, seeds, bean, and all into the fermenter.

I guess you could steam them before splitting them in order to sanitize. I like to add vanilla beans at flameout to avoid that quandry.


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Old 09-27-2007, 12:34 AM   #3
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I think some people sanitize in a small amount of vodka. I didn't when I've used them in the past. I did exactly what Yuri said.
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If you add them at flame out are you going to get as much vanilla out of them as possible?

I am going to try the steamN'sanitize method.

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If you add them at flame out are you going to get as much vanilla out of them as possible?
Nope, but it makes me feel better.
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I split them, scrape them, chop 'em up and toss into booze while the beer is in primary. Then toss all of it into secondary. Same goes with wood chips, except the "split them, scrape them, chop 'em up' part.

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