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I am a big fan of Dogfish Head's use of natural sugars in fermentation. I recall an apricot IPA that really blew my mind. The fruit came through in a unique way that wasn't too sweet.

I was considering what else could be used like this.

Do real vanilla beans contain any fermentable sugars?

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Usually only 2-3 vanilla beans are scraped and added to secondary for a really good amount of flavor In a 5 gallon batch.

No, in those amounts there is very little fermentables in the vanilla beans.

  • What do you think about soaking them in vodka first? Is that a must to mitigate any risk of contamination? – rbreier Sep 20 '16 at 17:30
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    @rbreier yep a tincture is common if concerned. Use as little vodka as possible and make sure the beans are cut and scraped going into the tincture. – Evil Zymurgist Sep 20 '16 at 18:51

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