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      A DIY Experiment Between Vanilla Extract Folds

      1 2 and 3 Fold Extract Experiment

       

      In February of 2022, we met (through our Facebook group) one of the most talented, curious, kind, energetic and helpful DIY extract makers in the world. Laura is from Great Britain and she has brought an incredible amount of energy and insight into our group of 80,000+ extract makers. 

      In April of 2022, Laura decided to begin an experiment at home between vanilla extract folds. She created a single fold, double fold, triple fold and double fold with sugar. She made them all at the same time, using the same bottles, the same spirits and the same vanilla beans and she stored them all in the same place. 

      Her findings are a great demonstration of how long it takes for the extracts to turn dark, how long it really takes for the sweetness of the extract to come through, the difference between folds, and so much more. 

      She was posting so much content in our Facebook group, we felt it would be easier to access all of her findings and information on a single website page dedicated to her efforts. 

      We are so excited to present Laura's findings to you chronologically below in her words and with her pictures, shared with her permission.

      Thank you Laura for sharing so many of your talents and valuable insights with us! 

      4-29-2022

      All the experiments I saw made me want to do my own. I had 4oz of Tahiti grade B beans left, and couldn't figure out what to do with them. So I thought to experiment a bit. Long post but wanted to be detailed

      Made a single, double & triple fold. And a double fold with 5gram of sugar added. Saw someone tried it so thought why not. All bottles contain 2.7oz of Vodka, except the triple fold which has only 2.54oz. Needed some more space for this one. Single has 0.3oz of beans, doubles 0m6 and triple 0.9 All beans are split and cut to pieces.

      The leftover beans are in another experiment with my leftover booze. 1.5oz each of Buffalo trace, Captain Morgan White, Captain Morgan Spiced and vodka. I know Tahiti beans might be to light for the stronger spirits, but if it fails it will be the beginning of my Mother jar

      Below is a picture of the beans weighed out in front of the bottles. The collage is

      1. When added beans but didn't shake it.
      2. After shaking it, still day 0
      3. After 24 hours

      After shaking you can see the caviar floating about, was trying to shake them and take a quick picture as it looked so nice. The double and triple already seem to start coloring.

      At 24 hours the single and double folds look similar. The double with sugar seems to be a bit lighter. And the triple is the darkest

      Really looking forward to see them evolving. I am gonna try to take a picture every week, if i don't forget. But at least every month. To document the change in them. I kinda feel like a mad scientist, but know you all will understand me

       Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment

      5-19-22

      Experiment update

      It's been 3 weeks now since I started this experiment. As you can see the color has changed quite a bit over these weeks. I also did a smell test.

      Quick recap, link to start of it is at the bottom. I made a single, double, triple fold and double fold with 5gram sugar added. I used Tahiti grade B beans and vodka. Bottled them up and shake every other day. And try to remember to take a picture every week.

      Single fold is a lot lighter in color and still smells a lot like alcohol, not much vanilla smell yet.

      Double fold is darker and starts to smell like vanilla, but still some alcohol smell.

      Triple fold is the darkest and smells like vanilla with a little hint of alcohol.

      Double fold with sugar is a little bit darker than the normal double fold. But smells the same as the double fold.

      It's nice to see how they are getting along. And how they smell different. Can't wait to see them develop more over the next months. I will try to take my weekly pictures of it. So you all can follow how it changes over time.

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment

      6-9-22

      6 weeks into my experiment, only 46 more weeks to go

      The extracts are changing color nicely. I know on week 5 the triple looks darker than on week 6. But that has to do with light took weeks 6 picture in the morning. Normally I take them in the afternoon.

      As to how they smell here are my findings.

      Single, still strong smell of booze, but you can get a little bit of vanilla.

      Double a stronger vanilla smell than the single, but still quite a boozy smell.

      Triple a very faint booze smell. Mostly vanilla smell.

      Double with sugar same as the double, but smells a bit sweeter

      Love how they are coming along, and that I haven't forgotten a weekly picture yet so can't go on holiday for a year or I will miss a picture

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment

      6-30-22

      Experiment update.

      Quick recap. I made a single, double, tripe fold extract and one double fold with a bit of sugar.

      They all have the same bean and booze in them. I have been taking weekly pictures to see them progress and am sharing updates every 3 weeks. Since I can put 3 pictures on top of each other.

      Short update this time.

      So 9 weeks in now and the color is getting darker. Only smelled the triple fold one and oh my it smells amazing. Can't wait for them to be ready.

      I really love these bottles, I got them for gifting. But use them for experimenting till I am ready to gift some vanilla extract.

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment 

      7-28-22

      Forgot to do an update on my experiments. They will be 13 weeks today.

      So made different folds with the same bean, Tahiti grade B, and same alcohol, Five Vodka, which is a locally made one. And one I use for all my first extracts.

      So last week I took another picture, still not missed one will have to take them with me if I go on holiday

      The single seems to be catching up in smell, but still strong alcohol smell. And lighter color

      The double is becoming more vanilla smell and nice rounded color.

      The triple is smelling really strong of vanilla and is really dark.

      The double with sugar smells a bit better than the regular double, but color wise is about the same.

      It is sometimes hard to judge the color on a picture as it all depends on the background lighting. Can't wait till they are ready. Maybe at the next update I will do a little taste test to see how they are getting along.

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment 

      8-20-22

      Forgot to post an update last week about my experiment. So a short update this time. It's currently at 16 weeks.

      The color is getting darker still. And really love how it's progressing so far.

      The single fold is starting to smell more like vanilla now.

      The double fold already smelled like vanilla but is getting stronger each week

      The triple fold smells like vanilla with a hint if alcohol and is the darkest color. It looks to be almost ready

      The double fold with sugar smells sweeter than the normal double fold.

      I will be doing a taste test at the 6month mark to see how they are coming along

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment 

      9-2-22

      Another 3 weeks have passed in my experiment so thought to share the pictures again. I changed the layout so the oldest week sots at the top. Makes it easier to scroll through them and see the progress.

      Didn't smell them this time as I am busy prepping my berries to make more jelly.

      So only the pictures this time to see the progress. 

      Happy Friday everyone!

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment

      9-23-22

      Alright another 3 weeks has flown by so time for another update on my experiment.

      As you can see the color is developing nicely and the smell is getting better too

      Single fold still mostly booze smell and lighter than the rest

      Double fold is a split between booze and vanilla, they are battling it out

      Triple fold slight booze but vanilla at the front

      Double with sugar is same smell as the normal double.

      For the newbies you don't add sugar to your extract, this is just an experiment since I read someone doing this and wanted to see how it turns out.

      Happy extracting everyone and a have a lovely weekend!

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment 

      10-17-22

      Another 3 weeks have gone, how time flies.

      So again a little update on my experiments

      Next time I will be doing a taste test too, since we are at the halfway mark for them. Very curious about testing them to see how they get along.

      The color keeps getting richer, and so does the smell. Didn't open them all to smell, only the double and triple fold. And they smell amazing.

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment 

      11-6-22

      We are halfway through the experiment so time for a little taste test. I put 5drops of each in a little bit of milk with a pinch of sugar. Let it rest for a bit before tasting.

      Taste Test Image

      Here are my findings:

      Single folds still smells a lot like alcohol. Taste milk with a tiny hint of vanilla in the background.

      Double fold stronger vanilla smell. But still some alcohol too. Taste a bit stronger vanilla flavor, but still not really strong.

      Triple amazing vanilla smell already. Taste vanilla milk, yum can't wait to see how this one will improve.

      Double fold with sugar. Smell similar to the double fold. Taste very sweet with a hint of vanilla.

      Added 5 more drops to the lefrover milk to see if this will give me better flavor.

      Single fold still very light hint of Vanilla

      Double fold better than 5 drops so more vanilla flavor

      Tripe fold very yum and strong vanilla flavor

      Double sugar very sweet taste with light vanilla flavor

      So know I have something to compare it to once they are fully ready in 6 months.

       

      Single Fold Double Fold Triple Fold Vanilla Extract Experiment

       

      11-27-22

      Because of Thanksgiving I thought best postpone my experiment update, so everyone has time to spend with family and loved ones.
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      As you can see the color just keeps getting better. Although with it being so dark early, it could just be the lighting 😉😅
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      It's a lot of pictures piling up 😅 but love seeing them change when scrolling through them 😊
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      I only smelled the triple fold this time, as I am having a bit of a cold. So with the triple I at least smell vanilla. Can't wait for this one to be ready, it's gonna be so rich 🤩
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      Normally I post the link to the start of my update. But VanillaPura has been so kind to get all my updates in a page on their website. So of course I'll share that link from now on 😉💜

      Extract after 30 weeks

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      12-18-22

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      Bit of a delay in posting the update, sorry for this. It's been a really busy week 😅
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      So on to the update. I had another sniff of all of them, here are my findings.
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      Single fold, starting to catch up with the rest in terms of vanilla smell.
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      Double fold smells great, still a hint of alcohol.
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      Triple fold smells amazing, the vanilla is at the front and the smell seems to get deeper every week.
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      Double fold sugar. Here I added 5g sugar to a double fold. Smells sweet but still like vanilla.
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      So there you go another update for my lovely folds experiment.
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      Wishing you all a happy holiday season 💜💜
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      12-18 Update
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      1-9-23
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      Another 3 weeks have passed, oh how time flies when you are having fun. Only 16weeks left to go to get the final results.
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      Quick recap, I used Tahitian grade B beans for a single, double and triple fold, I still had some beans leftover so I did a double fold to which I added 5g of sugar. I have been taking weekly pictures to document the changes.
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      The smell is getting better each week now and love to smell and compare them. They wjll always have a bit of an alcohol smell. But i am focusing on how well the vanilla smell is starting to shine through.
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      Single fold is finally catching up and smells more of vanilla now, still a hint of alcohol though.
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      Double fold smells like store bought vanilla
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      Triple fold smells so rich already, if it weren't for this experiment I would have used this already 😅
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      Double with sugar smells like the normal double just sweeter.
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      The color is getting darker too you can see the difference between a single and double fold, hard to see on pictures sometimes 😉
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      That's it for this update, will keep you updated in another 3 weeks. 💜

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      1-9-23

      2-18-23

      Time for an update on my experiment.
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      It's going into the last stretch now, only 10more weeks to go. How the year flew by 😅 3 more posts like these and they are done 🤩
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      So a quick recap, I made a single, double, and triple fold, and one double with 5g of sugar. I used grade B Tahitian beans. So have been taking a weekly picture to see the progress and to be able to see them get darker over time.
      It's been a lot of work, but a lot of fun, being able to share this with the group.
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      So for this update here are my findings.
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      Single fold single fold has a nice vanilla smell, color is nice
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      Double fold smells like a very rich vanilla and love the darker color.
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      Triple fold, wish I could use it already 😅, smells amazing, rich vanilla. Color is the darkest and amazing.
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      Double with sugar smells like the normal double, just a hint of something I cannot place.
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      My husbands sense of smell is way better than mine 😅 so I will try to have him help me judge the final results ☺️💜
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      As usual all the pictures plus the link to the whole experiment are below. ☺️💜💜

      Check back again soon as more posts are made!

      The final taste test will happen in April or May, 2023!

      42 week review

       3-15-23

      Only 7 more weeks to go before I can do the final taste test, how exiting. The time really did fly by.
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      Now everyone's sense of smell is different. My husbands is much better than mine 😒🤣 so I will ask him to assist me at the testing 😉
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      I used Tahitian grade B beans and vodka.
      Here are my findings
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      Single fold smells like vanilla, not much alcohol smell left.
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      Double fold strong rich vanilla smell with hints of Caramel
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      Triple fold really creamy Caramel vanilla smell
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      Double fold with sugar added smells like vanilla and something I can't place. I can best describe it as smelling like vanilla that's bit off. 🤷‍♀️ hard to explain 😅
      So as you can see the colors are very nice. They look lighter cause of more sunlight in the kitchen 😉 Looking forward to the end results 😊💜
      45 Weeks
      4-7-23
      Experiment update.
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      4 more weeks to go till I finish the experiment, it's been so much fun and hard work to take pictures every week. So happy I managed to not miss a single one 🤩🥳
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      This will be a short update, as we will get the end results soon.
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      Quick recap to the beginning. When I started this I just wanted to find out which fold I prefered, since I made most of my extracts as a 1.5 or double fold. I wanted to have lots of flavour in less liquid.
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      I used grade B Tahitian beans and the same alcohol and bottles. I made 4 different bottles, single fold 1oz beans/8oz booze, double fold 2oz beans/8oz booze, triple fold 3oz beans/8oz booze and a double fold to which I added some sugar.
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      Now adding sugar is not advised, as this can do funny things to the alcohol and it can start to ferment. But since I am a mad scientist I thought why not try it.
      The one with sugar has a bit of a strange smell. It smells like vanilla, but a bit off. Really wish I could send them all to a lab to see what their findings are. Especially the one with sugar.
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      This week I am gonna let the pictures speak for themselves as I have not smelled them.
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      Here is the link to the whole experiment, for those who want to catch up pr have missed a post 😉💜 happy Easter everyone 💜
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      48 weeks
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      5-3-23 - LAST POST!
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      Final post for my Experiment
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      So here is the last update;
      As most of you will know, last year I started an experiment of different folds of vanilla. I took a weekly picture and shared the results with the group. It was a lot of work to remember to take those pictures and do updates every 3 weeks. I am feeling bittersweet about it being finished. But so happy I was able to share this with the group.
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      I used grade B Tahiti beans, Made a single (1oz beans/8oz booze), double (2oz beans/8oz booze), and triple fold (3oz beans/8oz booze), and a double fold with 5g of sugar. Now adding sugar is not recommended, I will explain why below.
      So with my final post comes another fun taste testing and smell test. I do a taste test in some milk with a pinch of sugar. I used 10 drops of each 😉
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      Single fold, Smells like vanilla. Tastes like vanilla
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      Double fold, Strong vanilla smell with hints of Caramel. Strong vanilla taste with a bit of caramel
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      Triple fold, Rich vanilla and Caramel smell. Very rich vanilla taste with hints of Caramel
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      Double fold with sugar, Smells off like old bourbon. Tastes a bit strange, still strong vanilla flavor, but just a bit odd
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      My double fold with added sugar is not a success. At the 6 month taste test I would have thought it was ok to use. But now, another 6months later, It just tastes a bit off. It still has the vanilla flavour, But there is just something in it that tastes off. Not really helpful since I can`t describe what that “off” taste/smell is. I think the alcohol started to ferment a little bit.
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      Single fold is a really great extract. It is better and richer than the store bought ones.
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      Overall, the double fold is the winner for me. It is very rich and dark extract. So happy I made mostly double folds when I started this
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      The triple is also amazing and very syrupy. I will make a few more triple folds in the future. But will use them very sparingly, So yes I will actually measure how much vanilla I am adding instead of free pouring.
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      Anything over a triple fold will be pointless, as the alcohol will be saturated by the vanilla. But if you can, I would advise you to make a triple fold. You would need 1.5 oz of beans to 4oz of alcohol. Best way would be to cut the beans in pieces so they stay submerged. It’s a lot of beans for a small amount of alcohol.
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      I have added a picture of the last taste test and how I stored them with the week 52 picture 😉
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      Thank you all for the encouraging words and appreciation of my posts.
      A big thank you to VanillaPura for adding my experiment to the website.💜💜💜💜
      Weeks 48-51 DIY extract
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      Week 52 finished DIY vanilla extract
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