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Old 05-20-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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Default Jai Alai Cedar Aged IPA

This is a modifed recipe that I found online for Cigar City's Humidor Series which are several types of beers that are aged on Cedar. The cedar brings out the grapefruit/piney taste of the hops and is very subtle. As per Cigar City the type of cedar used is spanish cedar which is from South America and is part of the mahogony family..not American Cedar. Also, be sure to add untreated cedar. I was going to add it to the secondary and taste it after 2 weeks to see how much came out into the beer.

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Cascade .75 oz 5 Min
Ahtanum .5 oz 5 Min
Amarillo .50 oz 5 Min

Dry Hop Cold: 2 oz Simcoe for 2 weeks.
Add 13 inch piece of spanish cedar

Mash: 154F 60 min

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2 packets of US-05

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Please let us know how this turns out. It's one of my favorites, though I prefer the version without cedar. I've had both at the brewery and it's even better than the ones distributed.

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I was fortunate enough to go to a Cigar City beer event in NY and they had 26 different Cigar City beers on tap! I wish I could have tried them all but I had about 5 of them. I'm starting to see it pop up on tap in places in manhattan here but I would assume it will take a long time for bottles to reach us. I really enjoyed all of the beers and I think they are definitely an up and coming brewery. I'm brewing it tomorrow so first young taste will be in about 6 weeks. I will post the results.

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I had a hard time finding spanish cedar so I wound up ordering it online at amazon. It was about $10 with shipping and came in 3 days so that was good. There are specialty wood stores near me but unfortunately they are mostly for contractors so the wood was in 9 foot by 5 foot sheets and about $50. The dimensions of the wood are 1/4'' x 1-1/2'' x 24''. The recipe calls for 13 inches but the wood was so thin that I cut it in half and put all the wood in. The smell of it wasn’t that powerful. Definitely had a little smokey-ness to it but not as powerful as American cedar. Cigar city dry hops with Simcoe and cold crashes it for 2 weeks. As per the brewer he likes the pickup of flavor on the dry hops when the beer is cold. They lower the temp 10 degrees ever day until is reaches 34 and keep it there for the remainder of the 2 weeks. I am going to leave the wood and dry hops at room temp for 1 week and then crash for 1 week. I don’t have a temp controller so it will be at refrig temp for the week.

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brewing 10 gallons of this up on saturday. Splitting the yeast, using Burton Ale and S-05. I read that they use Thames Valley by Wyeast.

I'll probably omit the cedar. I'll check back with results.

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You're right, Chef. I was actually about to post that Cigar City uses Wyeast Thames Valley in all of their beers. I frequent the brewery and get to brew with them sometimes. Wayne, the head brewer is an amazing guy.

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Sounds like a strange combo with the spanish cedar. I had never heard of this until this thread. Guess it would pair pretty damned well with a cigar!

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They sell some Cigar City in Orlando. You should try and get some! Humidor Jai Alai is the name of the IPA with the spanish cedar.

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Boulevard Brewery makes a Bock aged with cedar and it is wonderful.
One of my favorite beers to pair with a cigar!

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Awesome, I just recently had their cedar IPA and was blown away. I'll def be checking this thread and may make one myself!

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