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Old 11-22-2010, 07:58 PM   #21
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I know right? It would be nice to just be able to buy them. I contacted Cigar City but they weren't willing to divulge any information.

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I contacted The Barrel Mill, alleged supplier to Cigar City. They have commercial size spirals, but these won't fit in a carboy. I'm guessing that if you broke it into pieces you could fit it in a bucket, though.

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Old 11-27-2010, 03:34 PM   #23
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So those of you who have made this, any suggestions for mash temp and other things that aren't in this thread so far? I'm thinking about making this next weekend. Might oak it rather than cedar. I was lucky enough to get to try White Oak Jai Alai while I was in Tampa, and it was amazing.

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Old 11-29-2010, 01:37 PM   #24
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I contacted The Barrel Mill, alleged supplier to Cigar City. They have commercial size spirals, but these won't fit in a carboy. I'm guessing that if you broke it into pieces you could fit it in a bucket, though.
The 48" ones cost a grip though as I recall. BOHICA.
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So those of you who have made this, any suggestions for mash temp and other things that aren't in this thread so far? I'm thinking about making this next weekend. Might oak it rather than cedar. I was lucky enough to get to try White Oak Jai Alai while I was in Tampa, and it was amazing.
My bad. I'll update it with the mash temp. I mashed at 154F for 60 min.
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Old 12-10-2010, 01:18 PM   #26
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Last night, I visited a cigar shop to see if they had any Spanish Cedar or knew of a place to get any. At first they looked at me rather quizzically, but then a light came on with the woman behind the counter. I followed her into the humidor where she proceeded to go around to each cigar box and pull out a cigar-sized piece of Spanish Cedar from about every tenth box. Apparently these cedar cubes are used as spacers when a cigar is missing... She just gave me about 6 of them, which I figured was enough for this beer. I bought a couple of cigars out of gratitude (and because it was a nice night for a stogie).

The guy at the register told me to bring him a couple of bottles when this beer was finished and he would trade me for a cigar or two...sounded like a fair trade.

Just wanted to you guys know in case you're still looking for an easy source for Spanish Cedar. They smell great.

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Thats cool..Actually I tried the same thing..I went into a cigar shop and asked if they had any loose cedar. He said no and once I said it was for brewing he looked at me even funnier. Thats cool though that they hooked you up. Please let me know how it turns out.

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I just had the White Oak Jai Alai I found that the wood took the edge off, almost too restrained. If I brewed this I would bump the hops up slightly, expect it to be very tropical however.

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I just had the White Oak Jai Alai I found that the wood took the edge off, almost too restrained. If I brewed this I would bump the hops up slightly, expect it to be very tropical however.
THANK YOU for saying that! I was at Cigar City's tasting room a couple of weeks ago with about a dozen other people at the bar. I was the ONLY one that said the white oak jai alai was tropical. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy but I continued to say that it smelled and tasted super tropical.
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THANK YOU for saying that! I was at Cigar City's tasting room a couple of weeks ago with about a dozen other people at the bar. I was the ONLY one that said the white oak jai alai was tropical. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy but I continued to say that it smelled and tasted super tropical.
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I just had the White Oak Jai Alai I found that the wood took the edge off, almost too restrained. If I brewed this I would bump the hops up slightly, expect it to be very tropical however.
You guys are both referencing the white oak version. Have you had the spanish cedar (humidor) version? If so, how do you think the difference in wood species affects the final character? Do you think the white oak adds more of a "tropical" finish than the spanish cedar would?
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