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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Warren » 16 Jul 2017, 11:58

dead_elvis wrote:
15 Jul 2017, 22:39
So I'm in New Hampshire for a few weeks and, as one does when one is in New Hampshire, I have to try everything maple related. Had a can of kanc country maple porter (Woodstock Inn Brewery). I don't taste any maple in the least. Decent porter though.
I brewed a maple oat stout out of maple sap once. Couldn't taste the maple or the oat in the final product. Decent stout though.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by dead_elvis » 16 Jul 2017, 12:50

Warren wrote:
16 Jul 2017, 11:58
dead_elvis wrote:
15 Jul 2017, 22:39
So I'm in New Hampshire for a few weeks and, as one does when one is in New Hampshire, I have to try everything maple related. Had a can of kanc country maple porter (Woodstock Inn Brewery). I don't taste any maple in the least. Decent porter though.
I brewed a maple oat stout out of maple sap once. Couldn't taste the maple or the oat in the final product. Decent stout though.
From what I could tell googling "homebrewing Maple syrup" it is apparently very difficult to get much maple flavor out in the final product, though some people did seem to think one has a better chance with sap than syrup.

ETA: did you add it in the boil or later?
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by lunchstealer » 16 Jul 2017, 14:54

Warren wrote:
16 Jul 2017, 11:58
dead_elvis wrote:
15 Jul 2017, 22:39
So I'm in New Hampshire for a few weeks and, as one does when one is in New Hampshire, I have to try everything maple related. Had a can of kanc country maple porter (Woodstock Inn Brewery). I don't taste any maple in the least. Decent porter though.
I brewed a maple oat stout out of maple sap once. Couldn't taste the maple or the oat in the final product. Decent stout though.
The only adjunct like that that really stayed through the brewing process when I was doing it was molasses, for whatever reason. Not sure we tried maple, though.

ETA - If it's true syrup, it should be sterile enough due to the high sugar content to add at racking, which might hold better.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Jason » 17 Jul 2017, 13:27

dead_elvis wrote:
15 Jul 2017, 22:39
So I'm in New Hampshire for a few weeks and, as one does when one is in New Hampshire, I have to try everything maple related. Had a can of kanc country maple porter (Woodstock Inn Brewery). I don't taste any maple in the least. Decent porter though.
Find any acerglyn yet?
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by dead_elvis » 17 Jul 2017, 13:34

Jason wrote:
17 Jul 2017, 13:27
dead_elvis wrote:
15 Jul 2017, 22:39
So I'm in New Hampshire for a few weeks and, as one does when one is in New Hampshire, I have to try everything maple related. Had a can of kanc country maple porter (Woodstock Inn Brewery). I don't taste any maple in the least. Decent porter though.
Find any acerglyn yet?
(googling furiously)

Nope, haven't seen it. Thanks for the heads up, I'll keep an eye out.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by dead_elvis » 17 Jul 2017, 23:15

If Sam Smith's Taddy Porter isn't the best porter ever made, I'll eat my hat.
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(And then drink the better one)
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Re: What are you drinking?

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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Kwix » 18 Jul 2017, 14:33

If'n you like a smoked porter:
https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/alaskan-smoked-porter/16/

To my knowledge the only beer smoked with alder rather than beech.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Sandy » 18 Jul 2017, 15:25

Kwix wrote:
18 Jul 2017, 14:33
If'n you like a smoked porter:
https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/alaskan-smoked-porter/16/

To my knowledge the only beer smoked with alder rather than beech.
Neat. That goes on my wish list.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by dead_elvis » 18 Jul 2017, 16:43

I'll second the Alaskan, it's been while but I recall it being quite good.

Thanks for the other recommendations, Sandy.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by dbcooper » 18 Jul 2017, 19:42

There's a million good porters from English craft brewers. Not sure how well they travel though. I used to enjoy St Peters on tap.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by dead_elvis » 18 Jul 2017, 22:59

dbcooper wrote:
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I used to enjoy St Peters on tap.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Kolohe » 19 Jul 2017, 16:13

The upside down keg stands get tiring after a while tho.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by JD » 08 Dec 2017, 17:22

The Queen of England is officially classified as a "binge drinker".
"According to Margaret Rhodes, the Queen's cousin, HM's alcohol intake never varies. She takes a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. She will take wine with lunch and a dry Martini and a glass of champagne in the evening."

The piece continued, making the same point made by Unilad and others five years later:

"That comes to 6 units per day, which would make Her Majesty a binge drinker by government standards."
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The government states that men and women should not exceed 14 units per week.

If Rhodes is correct, and this is indeed how much Queen Elizabeth drinks per day, then she is on 40.6 units per week.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by lunchstealer » 08 Dec 2017, 18:15

So... drunk as a lord?
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Warren » 12 Dec 2017, 13:40

Perhaps you'll remember tr0g mentioning Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur. Stevo brought me a bottle of the stuff a while back. I tried a few variations on mixing it with cream soda. Not bad but nothing that I really wanted to try again. A couple weeks ago I was wondering what else I could do with it and I hit upon a cocktail that I've recreated five times now. It's just a twist on something else, but I think it's a winner.

Kentucky Mule Blood
1.5 oz Bourbon
1 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
6 oz ginger beer

I don't have a copper mug, but it would be traditional. You could serve it on rocks, though I think it would suffer from dilution. Ginger beer being carbonated I wouldn't shake it.
If you have a blood orange, you could garnish with that. Else I think the maraschino cherry is the way to go.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by dead_elvis » 12 Dec 2017, 14:58

Anyone ever drink anything like this? Looks disgusting, yet I feel strangely compelled (Dio *is* actually a wizard!) to try it for the novelty. Looks like it's in the same ballpark as mulled wine only it's ale and sherry instead?

I wonder what sort of modern equivalent would come closest to "ale" of the 1850s?
Wassail Bowl ("The Wassail, prepared by Charles Dickens for the entertainment, on Christmas Eve, at the Charity of Richard Watts, Rochester, Kent, England, 1854")

1 quart ale
1/4 ounce ground nutmeg
1/4 ounce grated ginger
1/4 ounce grated cinnamon
1/2 bottle sherry
2 slices toasted bread (1/2 inch thick)
1 lemon, juice & peel
sugar to taste
2 well-baked apples

Put ale in sauce pan and cook gently till it foams, then stir in the spices, add the sherry, lemon peel and juice with sugar. When sugar is dissolved, set pan aside on stove for twenty minutes to infuse. Then warm up, pour into punch bowl, let the toast and apples float in this and serve in cups.

They say it tastes best if you’re in the eye-bleeding phase of yellow fever and your eight-year-old just got laid off at the blacking factory.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by lunchstealer » 12 Dec 2017, 17:07

dead_elvis wrote:
12 Dec 2017, 14:58
Anyone ever drink anything like this? Looks disgusting, yet I feel strangely compelled (Dio *is* actually a wizard!) to try it for the novelty. Looks like it's in the same ballpark as mulled wine only it's ale and sherry instead?

I wonder what sort of modern equivalent would come closest to "ale" of the 1850s?
Wassail Bowl ("The Wassail, prepared by Charles Dickens for the entertainment, on Christmas Eve, at the Charity of Richard Watts, Rochester, Kent, England, 1854")

1 quart ale
1/4 ounce ground nutmeg
1/4 ounce grated ginger
1/4 ounce grated cinnamon
1/2 bottle sherry
2 slices toasted bread (1/2 inch thick)
1 lemon, juice & peel
sugar to taste
2 well-baked apples

Put ale in sauce pan and cook gently till it foams, then stir in the spices, add the sherry, lemon peel and juice with sugar. When sugar is dissolved, set pan aside on stove for twenty minutes to infuse. Then warm up, pour into punch bowl, let the toast and apples float in this and serve in cups.

They say it tastes best if you’re in the eye-bleeding phase of yellow fever and your eight-year-old just got laid off at the blacking factory.
I would guess a middling beer in all respects - amber ale or maybe a brown, but not a porter or a stout, and not a hopped up pale ale. Maybe a Belgianish farmhouse style, but probably not, as by the 1800s English beer would've been brewery-made not home-made.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Warren » 12 Dec 2017, 17:17

The point is that it's a disgusting perversion on both traditional and modern interpretations of wassail.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by tr0g » 31 Dec 2017, 20:54

Warren, as I have copious bourbon and some of the Salerno left, I'll give that a try once I pick up some ginger beer.

Tonight I'm drinking a Smoked Maple Old Fashioned from here. Pretty damn tasty. I used Peychaud's Bitters and 1/8 teaspoon of sugar. I also skipped the garnish since I have none.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by JD » 03 Jan 2018, 12:54

Nothing, actually, as we are embarking upon a "dry January".
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Warren » 03 Jan 2018, 14:12

JD wrote:
03 Jan 2018, 12:54
Nothing, actually, as we are embarking upon a "dry January".
A what now?
tr0g wrote:
31 Dec 2017, 20:54
Warren, as I have copious bourbon and some of the Salerno left, I'll give that a try once I pick up some ginger beer.
Cheers. It's not far off an Old Fashion, ginger bite in place of bitters. Let me know.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by tr0g » 04 Jan 2018, 22:52

2 thumbs up on the Kentucky Bllod Mule, Warren. Works very well.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Warren » 05 Jan 2018, 01:11

tr0g wrote:
04 Jan 2018, 22:52
2 thumbs up on the Kentucky Bllod Mule, Warren. Works very well.
Heh heh A Kentucky what now? You're fingers are slur typing.

Related: I was at the store today and got miffed that they only carried some artisanal ginger beer in 6.8oz bottles.
I'm going to the Walmart tomorrow.
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Re: What are you drinking?

Post by Kwix » 13 Jan 2018, 17:30

Saw the Mrs off to Portland today. Since she's gone for three weeks and I was already in town I stopped by the "fancy" spirits shop.

First off, you must love a place with momokawa daiginjo on tap. A growler of sake makes a party.

I picked up a trio of new to me items. First, Cinzano dry vermouth. Better than Gallo or Martini, a far shot from Noilly Prat.
Second was Luxardo Fernet. Similar to Fernet Branca but no bit mint hit at the end. Maybe a bit woodier and definitely softer on the palette.
Last and best was Antica Vermouth Del Professore. It's very similar to Carpano Antica Formula but slightly sweeter and for my taste better balanced. It screams for a rye Manhattan or Boulvardier. This was a vintage 2015. Apparently they only bottle 10k a year and individually number each. Not any more expensive than Carpano so worth the risk.
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