Certified Organic. These are what makers of vanilla extract use to produce vanilla extract. A lower moisture content in these beans facilitates a higher extraction in alcohol, which means more vanillin and more vanilla flavor per oz. We sell these beans by the oz., minimum order is 1 oz. Expect 8 to 12 beans per oz.
Organic vanilla beans are one of the best way to bring truly authentic vanilla flavor to your brews. The rich, smooth, and uplifting flavor of vanilla may be just what your next special recipe needs. Best used in the secondary fermentor, 2 to 6 beans for 5 gallons to taste will add a wonderful vanilla flavor to your brew.
Vanilla has been known through the ages as an aphrodisiac, but also has the health benefits of being a soothing and relaxing antidepressant. Tests have shown it to have antioxidant and anti carcinogenic properties. To avoid possible contamination, boil the vanilla beans for 15 minutes in a small amount of water, or soak in vodka or bourbon for a few days before adding to the fermentor.
For a great Bourbon Vanilla Porter, soak 2- 4 beans in bourbon for 1 week then add to the secondary fermentor. You can soak 2 to 8 oz. of oak chips in the same bourbon with the vanilla for a bourbon barrel effect. Vanilla beans make a wonderful vanilla vodka for flavored drinks, or use to make your own homemade vanilla extract. For vanilla flavored coffee, cut a bean into 1 inch pieces, and mix in with freshly roasted coffee for a few days. Remove the pieces of vanilla just before grinding and brewing the coffee, or leave them in and grind with the beans (if your grinder can handle the vanilla) for a much stronger vanilla flavor.