The recipe for your Bourbon Vanilla Porter calls for the vanilla beans to be scraped. Why and what do you do with the "scrapings"?
I put the scrapings and the hulls into the beer. It's a month old and starting to taste pretty good....
You did the right thing! I guess I just assumed people are familiar with how to use vanilla beans in cooking, but I've found that that's not always true. Most of the flavor in vanilla beans comes from the "gunk" inside them. By splitting them lengthwise and scraping that out, you get the greatest effect from them. But, as you point out, the pod itself has flavor and should be used, also. Those suckers are expensive and you don't want to waste anything!