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Old 03-19-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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I want to put vanilla bean in my secondary, how do I do it safely without infecting my brew

 
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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Soak it in vodka or other flavorless alcohol. You can even soak it for a week or two and then strain out the liquid and add only that.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:59 PM   #3
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Soak it in vodka or other flavorless alcohol. You can even soak it for a week or two and then strain out the liquid and add only that.
I don't have vodka, how about some Remy martin

 
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:01 PM   #4
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That's a tough one. I have no idea. You can always boil them in a small amount of water and add that concoction.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:03 PM   #5
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That's a tough one. I have no idea. You can always boil them in a small amount of water and add that concoction.
Should I do the same with my frozen oranges?

 
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:05 PM   #6
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I don't bother trying to sanitize vanilla beans going into secondary. The alcohol content and low pH of the beer take care of things.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:06 PM   #7
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Yup. If you want a bunch of bitter orange flavor then boil them with the rind. Otherwise just use the meat.
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Should I do the same with my frozen oranges?
And should I boil than split the bean open or boil them already cut open

 
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:06 PM   #9
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Cut open definitely.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:09 PM   #10
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If your putting it in secondary the low ph and alcohol in your beer should make infection very unlikely. I was listening to a podcast with Denny Conn this weekend where he said he doesnt worry about it. A little vodka would make me feel better.
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