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Jan
14
comment What is distilled or freeze-concentrated mead called?
I'm not at all sure that freeze-distillation is legal (in the US). The wording of the law is ambiguous, IIRC. Of course, it's even less likely to get you arrested than regular distillation (which is not all that likely either, if you don't sell it and you don't start any fires). Of course, I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice.
Jan
14
comment How long is coffee with creamer added safe in a thermos?
My personal inclination would be that if it's still hot when you get home, and it tastes normal, it's probably reasonably safe. I don't know what the official answer would be, though (and I tend to drink my coffee black).
Jan
10
comment How should I store eggs in the refrigerator?
@Jolenealaska This is known as the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. It's oddly common.
Jan
9
comment Will storing a mix of vermouths alter their taste?
Personally, I like rye rather than bourbon in my Manhattans - bourbon and sweet vermouth makes it a bit too sweet for me, although I've never tried adding dry vermouth. Then again, some people use store-brand "Manhattan Mix" - I imagine even months-old vermouth is better than that.
Jan
9
comment Will storing a mix of vermouths alter their taste?
You could probably pour them together ahead of time - in fact, storing them together in a bottle that was completely filled would probably be better than storing them in two half-empty bottles. It would definitely be a bad idea to mix them at all vigorously, though, since you're trying to exclude as much oxygen as possible.
Jan
9
comment Will storing a mix of vermouths alter their taste?
Mixing it is going to introduce a lot more oxygen. Although storing half-empty bottles exposes them to oxygen as well - I think you'd probably not have any trouble differentiating between a fresh bottle of vermouth and one stored half-empty for a few months.
Jan
8
comment Will storing a mix of vermouths alter their taste?
Even if you keep it in an air-tight container, it'll oxidize. I doubt you could keep it for months without noticing a difference. It's only a quality issue and not a safety one, though.
Dec
12
comment How long can fresh yeast be frozen?
Freezing yeast is certainly viable (brewers do it all the time). You just need to use a 25% glycerin solution to keep the cell walls from being damaged by ice crystals.
Dec
8
comment How to crisp breaded foods the next day (especially panko)
A toaster oven seems to work reasonably well for this.
Nov
29
comment Why do recipes call for the vanilla to be added last?
Because the flavoring compounds are volatile, unlike salt. (Or at least I assume so - I don't have any specific knowledge of vanilla chemistry.)
Nov
28
answered Why do recipes call for the vanilla to be added last?
Nov
22
comment How much dried lemon zest to substitute for “zest of one lemon”?
Zesting is really easy if you have a microplane.
Nov
16
comment Best apples for apple pie
Interesting - having a McIntosh tree means most of my pies use those, and I don't think I've ever tried Golden Delicious (when I have to buy apples, it's usually Braeburns or Jonathans). I think any non-mealy apple would be fine.
Nov
7
answered can I use flavored beer in beer bread?
Sep
6
comment Is cinnamon sweet?
Living in Cincinnati I have consumed a great deal of Cincinnati chili, but I have never encountered any that contained cinchona. Do you know something we don't about the secret recipes, or is that an autocorrect-typo for "cinnamon?" :)
Aug
29
comment How important is fresh ground coffee vs a good coffee grinder?
I'm not an expert, but it probably depends on how you're brewing it.
Aug
26
comment Is it possible to make a beverage that evaporates on contact with the consumer's tongue?
It should be quite possible to survive at in a pure oxygen atmosphere at as low as 0.2atm or so, I think. But wouldn't ethanol vapor in a pure oxygen atmosphere be rather explosive? That might not end well.
Aug
24
answered What's the difference between Santa Cruz Rum and Jamaican Rum?
Jul
31
comment Making soda with yeast
I would be surprised if you could make anything that tastes decent this way, without any flavorings. Also, the absence of nutrients for the yeast might be a problem if you're just using sugar and water.
Jul
31
answered storing liquor in cabin for the winter--quality loss?