« on: November 11, 2010, 01:31:43 PM »
I've got a batch of Denny's BVIP going, and it's just about ready for the next step: Adding vanilla beans. Normally, and in accordance with the recipe, I'd toss them into a secondary carboy, ack the beer on top, and let it sit for a week.
I'm wondering, though, whether I really need to bother with this racking step? It seems that if I just toss the beans into the primary, I'd save some work and more importantly decrease the oxidation.
Then again, perhaps that primary full of goop is going to somehow interfere with the extraction of the vanilla flavors?
It seems that recent consensus on secondaries is that they are an unnecessary step, at least when it comes to clearing/finishing a 'normal' ale? But is using a secondary still the best practice when adding additional flavors, or dry hopping?