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Is my vanilla vodka ruined?

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I put a few vanilla beans in a 750ml bottle of vodka, capped it tightly, and put it in a cool, dark corner of the garage for three weeks. The tip of one bean has a little chunky red stuff on it, and there are red chunks floating in the liquor.

I'm guessing anything involving "red chunks" is no good, but I don't get how anything could get funky in a bottle of vodka.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

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  1. If I had to guess, I'd say the red chunks are just the insides of the vanilla pod. Did you cut the pod before you put it in the vodka? If not, the pod probably bust open at the ends, thus creating the red chunks. It doesn't sound like your vodka is ruined, although I'd definitely strain it before drinking.

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    1. re: Fozzie_Bear

      No, I left it whole. The vodka is a nice light brown tint, no bean flecks ... just little bright red globs. Brand new bottle of vodka. Beans had been in storage for a few months; the still-unused beans from that same pack look fine.

    2. Drink it. Nothing that can kill you can survive in 80 proof alcohol.