Hello kind brewer folk of Beervanaland!
For our winter seasonal I am considering the use of Cocoa beans. With many of the spices that we use, a quick dip in the boil is all that's required for just the amount of flavor and aroma we desire...but that being said, when we've used vanilla beens, a soak in the conditioning beer has always proven best.
Does anyone have any experience with Cocoa beans? Where/when are they added? Soaked? Boiled? And in what amounts, to what effects? Has there been any reduction in head retention, etc?
There is an article on the brew your own web page that you should check out.