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Offline jerseyboy

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Re: Make Your Own Vanilla
« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2017, 12:56:24 PM »
I may have had my ratios off in last post, 1/4 pound may be closer to  1/2 gallon, or 2 handles of vodka. I had trouble figuring out what size I usualy buy as the price has gone up enormously -- here is the original instructions I made vanilla extract with, I have also used other instructions for later batches, but cant remember where right now -- found it, a summary printed out when I taught our meetup group to make it -- we used 3 beans per cup. What I used to do is buy a full pound and spit it with other people. The vanilla seller says 1ounce per cup, so 1/4 pound is 4 ounces which for their ratio would only be a quart, but I have never used that much per amount of alcohol, for me it wold likely be twice as much alcohol, and I leave it extracting for quite a while

https://www.thesimpledollar.com/homemade-gift-series-1-vanilla-extract/

That seems to be the reccomended ratio. 1 bean to 2 oz of vodka.  With a gallon being 128 ounces, that would be 64 beans. A 1/4 pound of beans is just over 32 beans so 1/4 pound is about 1/2 gallon of vodka.  So to make a gallon would be 180usd in beans and 60usd in vodka which is 24usd per 12 oz bottle. This is 2usd per oz. I am in the store now and 1oz is 3usd, 2oz is 5.79usd, generic. McCormick is 9.29usd for 2oz, 15.99usd for 4oz.

Has anyone made it any weaker or less of a ratio or is this it?

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Re: Make Your Own Vanilla
« Reply #31 on: December 31, 2017, 12:59:27 PM »
https://youtu.be/0NrKqOmlA64

CBS report in Feb 2017 about vanilla shortage.

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Re: Make Your Own Vanilla
« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2017, 01:40:23 PM »
https://youtu.be/0NrKqOmlA64

CBS report in Feb 2017 about vanilla shortage.

Jerseyboy


Interesting, I guess I should put my half pound in the safe ;)

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Re: Make Your Own Vanilla
« Reply #33 on: December 31, 2017, 02:58:28 PM »
This thread has me very tempted to create my own vanilla extract using beans and Myers rum. The vanilla and blackstrap flavors are very interesting. And I like the idea of combining vanilla with the "vanilla" of oak age. You could have a very complex extract that would turn heads in a cookie.

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Re: Make Your Own Vanilla
« Reply #34 on: December 31, 2017, 03:05:04 PM »
This thread has me very tempted to create my own vanilla extract using beans and Myers rum. The vanilla and blackstrap flavors are very interesting. And I like the idea of combining vanilla with the "vanilla" of oak age. You could have a very complex extract that would turn heads in a cookie.

Good idea David

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Re: Make Your Own Vanilla
« Reply #35 on: January 01, 2018, 09:09:47 AM »
Thanks for the link, MM. I may have to look for a smaller quantity for now, but I'll search Vanilla Products USA and see what they have. Just having the name of the beans helps!

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Re: Make Your Own Vanilla
« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2018, 12:03:04 AM »
This brand and type, 1/4 pound makes about a gallon  http://www.vanillaproductsusa.com/1-4-pound-madagascar-bourbon-extract-grade-b-vanilla-beans-mixed-length-whole-and-splits/

Too funny. I just went to purchase these and they were sold out. I ended up getting some on eBay. Price seemed good but buying # beans vs buying weight is tricky. Only seven packs of fifty left.

https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/162611693812

Reviews seem good.

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Re: Make Your Own Vanilla
« Reply #37 on: January 02, 2018, 04:32:38 PM »
Anyway you could link the beans you are buying on Amazon, LvsChant? I just looked and am confused. Madagascar? Bourbon? Good deal, bad deal.

At link would help a lot, Thanks!

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I've bought vanilla beans from various sources over the years -- since I'm making extract, I don't buy the grade a. Here is a link:
https://smile.amazon.com/Tahitian-Extract-Grade-Vanilla-Beans/dp/B011LVL95G/ref=sr_1_7_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1514935816&sr=8-7&keywords=vanilla+beans+grade+b

I have heard that others often use rum instead of vodka and also have good results.

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Re: Make Your Own Vanilla
« Reply #38 on: January 02, 2018, 05:32:50 PM »
Thanks, LvsChant!!