Vanilla From Scratch
After doing more research on the matter I located a formula which works.
And it also happens to be the law.
The USDA requires at least 35%% vol. of alcohol and 13.35 ounces of pod per gallon which is roughly 8-11 pods per 250ml.
My bottle of Belvedere is 750 ml so I have used, 16 beans per bottle.
All in all, my BIG bottle of pure vanilla magic cost $80.00
It is worth every penny!
You will need to pour out about a 1/4 cup of the vodka from the bottle to make room for the vanilla beans.
Using a sharp knife, slice the beans from tip to tip and place into the bottle of vodka.
Replace the cap and give the bottle a good shake.
Within the hour the vodka should be a nice amber color.
By hour 3 it will start to take on a nice redish hue.
Now for the hard part.
Go and pop it into a nice dark closet and forget about it.
Everyone once in a while, stop in to give it a sniff, cause you know you want to! And a good shake.
But be forwarned, magic does not happen over night. Infact the longer you can let it sit, the better it will be.
I left mine hidden for 1 year before I pulled it out.
It has a nice rich, warm aroma, with just a little hint of alcohol.
It is the nicest vanilla I have used.