Using a Randall

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by Jason311, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Jason311

    Jason311 Aficionado (105) Virginia Dec 18, 2012

    I have a Randall at my bar that i would love to start using. I would like to know from those that have used one before how much weight in Hops it takes to fill one for use?

    I have also thought of using Whole Vanilla Beans also, any opinions on those also?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. PJHealy

    PJHealy Aficionado (100) Ohio Jun 14, 2012

    I built one from a whole-house water filter for maybe $40-$50, and it works great. Mine holds about 1.25 ounces of whole-leaf hops. Side-by-side taste test confirmed it definitely adds aroma and flavor.

    I worry that you wouldn't get much flavor from whole vanilla beans. Not enough contact time in the Randall. Usually you slit the beans, soak them in liquor (eg vodka) for a day or more, then dump the vanilla-flavored liquor into your batch of beer.

    But, hey, give it a try anyway and let us know if it works!
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