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stagheadstout:
How much should I use in a stout with a 1.046 OG? I know, it's tough to answer because you don't know how much I want. I don't want it as powerful as Creme Brulee, but just enough to recognize. I want the stout to shine but the vanilla to compliment. If someone has to be told to look for it, it ain't enough.

Midwest Supplies sells it in three whole bean packages. Do these get boiled or thrown into secondary? How to sanitize? Do they go in whole?

Thanks all.

SHS

hokerer:
Tough call...  one would probably be enough for a 1.046 brew but the fact that it's a stout (with the resulting strong roast flavors) might push it to two beans.

In any case, it seems standard procedure is to split the beans, cut them up, add a little vodka to sanitize, and then dump the whole mess in the secondary.  You can start taste testing after a week or so and bottle/keg once you get the flavor you're looking for.  Also be aware that the vanilla will fade over time so you might want to start out a little strong.

denny:
The amount of vanilla has more to do with subjective tastes than the OG of the beer.  What I do is split the bean lengthwise and scrape out all the "gunk" in the middle.  Chop the pod into 2-3 in. long pieces and put the pod and "gunk" into secondary and rack the beer on top.  I've tried soaking in vodka and didn't care for the taste, nor did I find it necessary in terms of sanitation.

bluesman:
I bought my vanilla beans from Penzey's, three per tube for about $7-8. I follow Denny's regimen and it works well for me.

tom:

--- Quote from: denny on December 09, 2009, 02:11:09 PM ---The amount of vanilla has more to do with subjective tastes than the OG of the beer.  What I do is split the bean lengthwise and scrape out all the "gunk" in the middle.  Chop the pod into 2-3 in. long pieces and put the pod and "gunk" into secondary and rack the beer on top.  I've tried soaking in vodka and didn't care for the taste, nor did I find it necessary in terms of sanitation.

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Denny, why do you scrape it out?

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