any suggestions for flavoring a stout beer in secondary?

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Hello everyone!

I have a batch of stout that has been in primary for about a month or so and I felt like trying to do something extra with it when I put it to secondary.

Does anyone have suggestions on what I could use to add some extra flavor for when I transfer to secondary? Any input would be greatly appreciated! THanks :mug:
 

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vanilla beans and/or oak cubes?

I have a porter I'm racking to secondary this weekend and I'll be added a couple vanilla beans to it.
 
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anything special you have to do to prepare these additions? Are there specific types of vanilla beans or anything?
 

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anything special you have to do to prepare these additions? Are there specific types of vanilla beans or anything?
Many LHBS carry cans of Oregon brand fruit purees for brewing - just put it in a carboy and rack your beer on top of it. It will start up a secondary fermentation as the yeast eats the fruit sugars, so make sure you use an airlock or blow off tube. Leave it until the fermentation is done and and then a little longer. I left a cherry stout in secondary for two weeks.
 

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Soak an oak spiral in whiskey for a few days then add it, Coca nibs are nice too
 
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thanks everyone, I think I am going to go with a couple split vanilla beans...that sounds most tasty to me right now!!
 
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