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Help! Homemade Vanilla Extract way too weak!

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Help! Homemade Vanilla Extract way too weak!

currentlycraving | Dec 23, 2010 10:36 PM

hi guys, so back in august I bought a 1/4lb of tahitian vanilla beans and decided to make homemade vanilla extract for myself and to gift for the holidays. I put about 12 split pods into a 26oz (.750L) bottle of absolut vodka (minus a few ounces to fit the beans) and shook once every few days for about 4 months it's definitely not giftable this year because it's way too weak! I've cross referenced several different recipes for homemade vanilla and can't figure out why mine still isn't ready!
Has anyone done this before themselves? What kind of results did you yield?
To be clearer, my extract looks almost the same shade as the middle bottle in this picture.
http://simplyrecipes.com/photos/vanil...

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