The basic recipe is great for a mild vanilla taste. It needs 3 or 4 beans, split and scraped to develop a strong vanilla flavor desired by most bakers. "Topping off" defeats the purpose of steeping for several weeks and dilutes the extract. I suggest starting a second bottle once you begin using the first. Once you've finished the first, the second will be ready for use and you can reuse your vanilla beans in the first bottle. I don't suggest reusing the beans more than once or twice - fresh beans will give you the best flavor.
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The basic recipe is great for a mild vanilla taste. It needs 3 or 4 beans, split and scraped...