This is Camper English's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Camper English's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Camper English
Recent Activity
I only had a quick sip while I was at the distillery (haven't written that up yet) before it was released so I don't have any real tasting notes to give except that it was very rich in flavor. With such a small batch (single-barrel), they mostly leave it to their fans to buy, much like their annual gin release.
1 reply
Image
In pot-still distillation we always talk about the cuts: the heads and tails that are discarded (or recycled), and the hearts cut that become the spirit that ends up in the bottle. But some distillers make a cut between the heart and the tails called the "seconds." Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alcademics.com
Image
Here are some of the new spirits hitting the market over the last couple of months: lots of rye but also gin, tequila, pisco, applejack, and more. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alcademics.com
Image
In my latest post for Departures.com, I wrote up a few places to drink both beer and cocktails in Asheville, NC. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alcademics.com
I used fishing line sideways (across the top where it freezes first) in my cooler to make this: http://alcademics.typepad.com/designimages/banners/icebanner6width1000.jpg
1 reply
Agreed with fang. Easy way for sliding is to put the bottle in only up to the wide part in the water (remember ice will expand so leave another 3/4 inch or so of room); then you don't have to worry about chipping out the neck. It will only work for one bottle style of course. All of fang's other suggestions seem great to me. I wouldn't fuss with foil personally- small cracks can get stuck in the ice and be hard to remove without ripping. I've had that problem when trying to use plastic bags and such.
1 reply
Image
You can make a clear block of ice using an insulated cooler with the Directional Freezing method. You can also use this method to freeze objects inside of ice blocks including freezing a full-sized bottle inside an ice block. If you are able to add an aquarium pump to the mix, you can make clear ice from the bottom up without any cloudy parts at the end; a method that mimics how professional ice block machines work. (All of the many, many ice experiments posts are located here in the Index of Ice Experiments.) Today we'll talk about how to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Alcademics.com
14
I'd recommend trying something like this: http://www.alcademics.com/2010/08/a-homemade-giant-crystal-clear-ice-cube-tray.html or just in the cooler and cutting around the rose. The tricky part will probably be getting the air out. You might also look here: http://www.alcademics.com/2015/09/how-to-freeze-a-bottle-in-a-super-clear-ice-block.html and here http://www.alcademics.com/2010/09/freezing-objects-in-ice.html
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on Making Clear Ice Without a Cooler at Alcademics.com
1 reply
Image
For my latest post on Departures.com, I wrote up some bar visits to Atlanta. Bars included in this story are: Holeman & Finch, Proof and Provision, The Lawrence, Kimball House, and Leon's Full Service. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Alcademics.com
Just going on memory at this point, but I don't recall hearing that version of the history. So I can't deny it but I can't confirm it, sorry.
1 reply
Well it's probably not okay to take beverages not in their original container in the first place. http://www.alcademics.com/2012/03/packing-booze-airline-liquor-regulations.html
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2016 on How to Pack Liquor in your Luggage at Alcademics.com
1 reply
Hi - The only way it will probably work is to put those cartons in an insulated container so that they freeze only from the top-down. That would get it at least mostly clear. Take a look at all the experiments here for why http://www.alcademics.com/index-of-ice-experiments-on-alcademics.html
1 reply
Image
Trick Dog bar in San Francisco launches their new menu - clever as always. Here's a first look. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Alcademics.com
Image
For a recent article on Liquor.com I checked in with some bar managers who manage to balance retail sales with cocktail service to see what they had to say about it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Alcademics.com
Image
That's what I wrote about in a recent story for Liquor.com. I asked several bartenders what they serve instead. Their answers ranged from other cinnamon spirits to homemade versions. One bar owner revealed a clever way he uses it to move through stale inventory. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Alcademics.com
Image
Advanced packing tips for sharp objects and liquids from bartenders who travel a ton. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Alcademics.com
Hi and Thanks - I looked through my notes and didn't write it down, but I seem to recall it was a large beer brewery (of a very popular beer), perhaps a government-owned one.
1 reply
I believe they were just a highball with extra garnish, so rocks.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2015 on Bars in Japan: Whisky Bars at Alcademics.com
1 reply
Thanks for sharing those docs. I don't think these would count as infusions, as that is when a *spirit* is infused with flavoring. In this circumstance, the spirit is the flavoring infusing the syrup.
1 reply
Thanks! Don't know how I missed that one.
1 reply
Hello - I'm not able to measure it, but in the time since this story came out I found a few articles about liquor used in cooking, and they said that there is some alcohol remaining in foods cooked with alcohol. So I'd say there is a chance it's not completely non-alcoholic.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2015 on The Non-Alcoholic Campari & Soda at Alcademics.com
1 reply
Image
Two things I hadn't heard of before: barrel-aging maple syrup, and flavoring maple syrup with liquor. At Chicago's The Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel, they're doing both of those things at the same time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Alcademics.com
Awesome, thanks. Would you mind if I steal an image from your page to include in this post with a link to your site?
1 reply
Image
My annual list of most all of the cocktails and spirits books that have been released. This year we see tons of whiskey books again, and a whole segment of bar-specific cocktail books and a new category of narrative cocktail history. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Alcademics.com