These elegant 16oz bottles are perfect for large-batch extract making. They are made of glass (best for extract taste and the environment) and they look nice for counter-top storage.
The typical rule of thumb for extract making is 1oz of beans for every 8oz of spirits. So these bottles will require 2oz grade-A or grade-B vanilla beans with whatever spirit you choose. We recommend white rum, vodka or bourbon. We have had customers use unique spirits as well, such as coconut rum or strawberry vodka and the results have been sweet and pleasantly surprising. So be creative and have fun!!
Making vanilla extract is simple: Just add beans, spirits and a lid...then wait for a year. You may need to cut your beans into smaller pieces to fit into your bottle. We also recommend slicing the bean pod down the middle so the seeds inside the bean are fully exposed. (This equates to faster extraction). Once each bottle is filled, store the vanilla extract in a cool place (65 degrees or so) and away from any sunlight. Watch as the extract slowly turns to a dark amber over time.
Remember, pure and real extract is a rich, transparent amber color. It is NOT dark, cloudy or non-transparent. Many extract manufacturers infuse their extracts with corn syrup and other sugars and color additives...because it's cheeper and doesn't require as much time to extract. Real extract isn't rushed.
Have fun and please tell us how it turned out!