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That doesn't make sense to me, since in a regular cube the cloudy part is on the inside. And in a cooler it's only on the bottom. Refreezing was one of the earliest experiments I did (but I melted the whole thing and refroze it) and it didn't work for me: http://www.alcademics.com/2009/08/does-refreezing-ice-make-it-clearer.html
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As whisky/whiskey grows as a category and a cultural phenomenon, authors have found interesting new angles with which to talk about it. Or at least put it in the titles of their books. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Alcademics.com
That said, perhaps I will tone down the title from "beware" to "avoid." I did it for the purposes of alliteration, not for fear-mongering click bait :)
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Thank you for your comment and I hope this post is clear in its point that using a non-food-grade buckets for batching is a bad idea compared with using food-grade buckets for batching. No matter how minimal the effects are of using non-food-grade plastic for food applications (and I don't think this was over-stated in the post), there is a reason that these are clearly labeled "Buckets are not food grade" in their description on the manufacturer's website. It is because they are not food grade, and thus should not be used for food.
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A note of warning about using non-food-safe plastics to batch cocktails. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Alcademics.com
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Where and why to drink aquafaba cocktails in the San Francisco Bay Area. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Alcademics.com
I believe they did some in a Sierra Nevada seasonal release (the brewery had leftovers) but that the whisky hasn't come out yet unless it's in a blend.
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I guess it depends on how much clear ice you need. This method is probably good for extra-large sized coolers, but if you just want the typical lunch-sized cooler, than the regular directional freezing method would work. http://www.alcademics.com/2009/12/clear-ice-blocks-at-home-in-an-igloo-cooler.html
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I don't know enough about how the actual quinine is extracted to say. Venturing a guess, I'd think since this is a water infusion rather than an alcohol one, you're on the safer side. But that's a guess.
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"Is it hoppy?" -me before ordering any beer these days. No like.
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Hops have long been used as preservatives and flavoring in beer, but recently the bitter, floral vine is making its way into spirits, cider, and even canned wine. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Alcademics.com
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When I'm talking to my bartender friends and mention making cocktails, they all say some version of, "Wait what? You're bartending now?" The answer is "sorta." Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Alcademics.com
Thanks Antonio!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2017 on Oxymel: The Other Vinegar Drink at Alcademics.com
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The animal part is on the bottom of the mold, so you'd need to freeze it upside-down for directional freezing to work. The covers aren't tight at all, so the water dumps out if you do so. My next attempt could be to put the whole thing upside-down in a bucket/cooler of water, but I think then the mold would either sink, or drain slightly into the cooler/bucket. The animal part is maybe a quarter ounce of liquid, so it would be challenging to prevent that tiny amount from draining. Not saying it can't be done, just that I didn't try that hard to accomplish it.
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Trying out new ice molds with animals floating atop drinks like sea ice. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Alcademics.com
Humberto confirmed the proportions. Shrubs and oxymel (and maybe not switchels) refer to both the syrups and the finished drinks with soda water. So this recipe is for a really really rich honey-vinegar syrup.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2017 on Oxymel: The Other Vinegar Drink at Alcademics.com
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As science and cocktails are pretty much my two favorite things (with Baywatch coming in a close third), I wish I could attend all of these! Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Alcademics.com
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I'm coming to Detroit to give two talks! I hope you can join me. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Alcademics.com
Nice find!
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Makes sense- The printer/ink business model can be very profitable.
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Truth!
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These three amazing cocktail menus let you choose drinks by your taste in art, perfume, or childhood memory. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Alcademics.com
Thank you for sharing. The first time I did this it was in an insulated bag, and couldn't get most of the ice out of it as it expanded when it cooled. Luckily the cooler shown is the shape that allows the ice to slide out relatively quickly. Many do not.
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Hmm that's a good point Zeke. I'm trying to make it easier on myself as the monthly round-ups are kind of a pain vs just putting a quick entry when the announcement hits my inbox; and was really thinking of the viewers coming in through Twitter rather than RSS who would see more of them. I don't think that individual New Booze posts are necessarily "worthy" of their own posts, as opposed to round-ups, and don't want to clog the blog with tons of them. And yet as mentioned the monthly posts feel like a lot of work. Perhaps the solution is to keep this one running annual page as planned and tweet to it with each new entry, but then additionally copy-and-paste each month's entries to a monthly blog post so that RSS subscribers will see them monthly. Not sure if Google will punish me for repeat information but maybe that's the way to make everyone happier....
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2017 on New Booze 2017 at Alcademics.com
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A look at the new spirits products hitting the market. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Alcademics.com