Vanilla bean in secondary

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  1. legropes

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    G'day guys,

    I'm thinking about brewing a vanilla stout with some coconut in it. I think it would work. Has any of you experimented with vanilla beans in the secondary? How many pods should I use in a 5 gallon batch and for how long? I'm after a hint of vanilla but not too full on. Cheers
     
  2. Trialben

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    Vanilla cream ale 4 vanilla pods I used in this soaked in a little vodka for 5 days ish and threw this into brew after primary fermentation. Vanilla came out beautiful.
     
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    4 whole pods seems like a lot. I like vanilla but a bit sensitive to it so always worried about overdoing it. Admittedly, I've never put it in beer but am considering a winter brew using some. With 4 pods was it overly vanilla"y" like would dominate all other flavors?
     
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    I used this in cream ale in a porter I'd think it'd just peek its vanillary head out amongst all that malt flavour
     
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    I'm gunna go a good quality bottle of store bought extract straight to secondary when doing this next time I added extract to last few minutes of boil but I think it was hardly noticeable in the boil? Just my 2c
     
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    What's the purpose of the vodka?
     
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    Extracting flavour
     
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    its also for sterilizing
     
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    So obviously you kept it in your primary fermenter. Did you split the vanilla bean open to extract the flavour inside or you just kept it as it?
     
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    Absolutely. you split it lengthwise and then scrap it a little bit with your knife. dump the whole mess, pod and all, into the vodka
     
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    Yea as jmcnamara said yet I think I'll pay more attention to splitting them next time as I think from memory I just cut em up :rolleyes: will probably get more vanilla that way. I've still got about 50 ml sitting in a cup on shelf with glad wrap over it. It smells Devine in my opinion you can get enough vanilla.

    I've never brewed a porter so can't comment with this style but I'm sure anything chocolate or vanillary would put a smile on ya dile :D.
     
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    There's never a good reason to boil a vanilla extract or tincture, all you're doing is driving off flavor by doing so. Add it to taste at bottling/kegging.
     
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    Too true you live and learn Nosey :)
     

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