To make the vanilla, I poured off about 1/4 cup of the alcohol and added 12 beans that I had cut with scissors into 1-2 inch pieces. Everyday I give the bottle a couple of shakes and that's all there is to it! I did make a big bottle this time, it's 750 ML.
Here are the beans I ordered. I bought a pound of vanilla beans from Vanilla Products USA on Ebay. They cost me $24.95. There are 140-160 beans per pound of the Madagascar Bourbon extract beans. That is one heck of a lot of beans when you really get to looking at them!
As an added bonus, Vanilla Products USA has super cheap shipping AND you get free beans with your order. I got 1/4 LB of Grade A Gourmet Tahitian Vanilla beans as my free with purchase. I'm saving these little beauties for something extra special :)
Just a fun look at all the little vanilla beans that rub off on your fingers when you handle the beans. You will smell great all day after you touch them!