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Offline stlaleman

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Re: Unusual Wood Alternatives to Oak
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2011, 05:05:39 AM »
Something to note, Spanish Cedar is not a cedar (like red cedar, white cedar, etc.) While Spanish Cedar might work in a beer, I can't see the cedars of US working. And forget pine, you can "distill" pine lumber and one of the products you get is turpentine.

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Re: Unusual Wood Alternatives to Oak
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2011, 05:53:39 AM »
http://tapirtantrum.com/2009/04/12/testing-exotic-woods-whiskey/

The dude didn't post a follow-up, but the taste test was interesting. I probably would've used a more neutral spirit like vodka.
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Re: Unusual Wood Alternatives to Oak
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2011, 07:33:41 AM »
Something to note, Spanish Cedar is not a cedar (like red cedar, white cedar, etc.) While Spanish Cedar might work in a beer, I can't see the cedars of US working. And forget pine, you can "distill" pine lumber and one of the products you get is turpentine.
Thanks, I knew there was a reason I was not wanting use pine.  I just couldn't remember. Spanish cedar does work in beer, and is not a true cedar tree.  Cigar City has been using untoasted Spanish cedar in their humidor series.  I have an all-Brett beer aging on Spanish cedar as we speak.  Spanish cedar is the wood used in humidors, which is where Cigar City got the idea from.  They said they preferred the toasted over the un-toasted Spanish cedar after using both.  I do not plan on using red cedar or similar.

http://tapirtantrum.com/2009/04/12/testing-exotic-woods-whiskey/
The dude didn't post a follow-up, but the taste test was interesting. I probably would've used a more neutral spirit like vodka.

Interesting read, I will probably just make a tea using RO water.  Testing this many woods may get me drunk which is not the objective...yet ;)

Poplar?

http://beerinbaltimore.com/?p=5445

Another interesting read.  I don't see these beers listed on their website, however?  I wonder if they were not successful?  I will see if I can contatct the brewer to find out any info on "roasting" yellow poplar.

Thanks again guys!