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neilrobinson:
      I was thinking of brewing a beer that at has a touch of vanilla to it. I was thinking I would add it during the second fermentation. However, I am not sure about how much I should add or the best route besides just dropping them in. If anyone has any suggestion on the use of vanilla in a beer, it would be greatly appreciated.

hokerer:
Prolly the most famous vannila-bean-using example around these parts is Denny's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter...

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BourbonVanillaImperialPorter

...and from his instructions on using the beans...

"When primary fermentation is complete, split 2 nice fresh vanilla beans lengthwise.  Scrape out and reserve all the seeds and "gunk" in them.  Cut the pods into roughly 2-3" pieces and add the pods, seeds and "gunk" to a secondary fermenter.  Leave them there until you get the amount of vanilla flavor you like.  I usually start tasting at about a week and a half, and may leave them in until 2 weeks.  You may want to let them go a bit more than you think is necessary since the vanilla flavor fades with time."

bluesman:

--- Quote from: hokerer on February 28, 2010, 08:23:39 AM ---Prolly the most famous vannila-bean-using example around these parts is Denny's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter...

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BourbonVanillaImperialPorter

...and from his instructions on using the beans...

"When primary fermentation is complete, split 2 nice fresh vanilla beans lengthwise.  Scrape out and reserve all the seeds and "gunk" in them.  Cut the pods into roughly 2-3" pieces and add the pods, seeds and "gunk" to a secondary fermenter.  Leave them there until you get the amount of vanilla flavor you like.  I usually start tasting at about a week and a half, and may leave them in until 2 weeks.  You may want to let them go a bit more than you think is necessary since the vanilla flavor fades with time."

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+1

put it in the secondary or in primary (when complete) as described. Works great. Penzey's has great vanilla beans.

dbeechum:
Also on the topic of finding great beans, I've used these guys in the past and been very happy

http://www.organic-vanilla.com/

bcnihart:
I made a five gallon batch of Vanilla Cream Stout that was very popular.  Split and scraped 2 beans into about 1/4 shot of vodka.  Let that sit overnight and dumped the whole thing into a 5 gallon batch in the secondary.  Aged the normal time and bottled.

Think I will go grab one right now.  MMMmmm...

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