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Old 08-26-2013, 12:41 PM   #21
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I use svedka

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Old 08-26-2013, 01:02 PM   #22
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Cheapest vodka on the shelf. Figure it costs about four cents per batch.

I'd gladly down a shot of even cheap vodka. Starsan . . . not so much.

For four cents per batch (that's something like $.001 per beer), why would you take the chance of something ending up in your glass that you wouldn't willingly drink?







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If I need a blow-off, I'll use Starsan because more is required. But between having enough head space and good temperature control it's rare.

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Old 08-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #23
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:30 PM   #24
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Whatever the cheapest one I can find is - one shot for the airlock and one shot for me! No need to worry about particular brand...

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:19 PM   #25
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Whatever vodka friends bring to my house and leave in the freezer. I used absolut kurant on a batch of apfelwein once and it tasted kinda good when it was done. Otherwise I use starsan or tap water or whatever is handy. So long as it will not grow hair on its own it is fine with me.

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:22 PM   #26
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I use star San. On occasion alcool which is 94% alcohol just had it Laying around. When I do edworts apfelwine I use spiced rum or whiskey and almos hope it gets sucked into the mix

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Old 08-26-2013, 07:06 PM   #27
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I've always just used water. I've been brewing for 22 years and it works fine.

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Old 08-26-2013, 09:23 PM   #28
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Whatever vodka friends bring to my house and leave in the freezer. I used absolut kurant on a batch of apfelwein once and it tasted kinda good when it was done. Otherwise I use starsan or tap water or whatever is handy. So long as it will not grow hair on its own it is fine with me.
so the CO2 bubbling through the vodka left traces of flavor from the apfelwein? or the apfelwein picked up kurant flavors? confused...
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:05 AM   #29
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so the CO2 bubbling through the vodka left traces of flavor from the apfelwein? or the apfelwein picked up kurant flavors? confused...
Vodka picked up the cider flavors. It actually was not too bad for stale vodka. Then again. I am not really a vodka fan.
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I'd rather drink a pint of starsan than a pint of cheap vodka any day. The acid content is less than a normal soda pop.

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