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Jul
8
comment Frozen Shrimp Processing
This seems like it would be more on topic on the Islam Stack Exchange site.
Jun
19
comment How much CO2 does it take to carbonate water using a household Soda Siphon?
Yes, this is probably something you should consider. But lots of brewers use CO2 from welding shops without problems.
May
7
comment Why are the storage instructions extremely opposite in cases of tea and coffee?
Freezing a large amount of coffee is not at all recommended, as the introduction of moist air will make the coffee go bad quickly. However, dividing it into small quantities in the freezer in sealed containers, letting them warm up before opening, does not cause any appreciable amount of deterioration in my experience. (This applies to whole beans - I am not sure that freezing would help with ground coffee.) So they're both right - storing coffee in the freezer is usually bad, but it doesn't have to be if you do it correctly.
May
7
comment Why don't I have to season my cast-iron teapot?
I've seen cast iron kettles, but all the iron tea pots I've seen were coated with enamel on the inside. Are you sure it isn't intended just for heating water?
May
4
comment Can I get drunk by evaporating steam of alcohol?
The other thing to mention is that alcohol vapor is very inflammable and potentially explosive, and mixing it with flame is a bad idea, especially if you are intoxicated.
Apr
1
comment How can I maximize the caffeine content of my coffee?
Starting with Robusta would be even better - something like 2.7% caffeine by weight.
Mar
28
comment Substitute for Calvados, reduced cider?
Sounds like I'll have to try it sometime, then. If only it weren't so expensive...
Mar
28
comment Substitute for Calvados, reduced cider?
I don't know that the Calvados would give you any apple flavor that isn't in the cake already. Maybe you could substitute some regular brandy? (I haven't ever tried Calvados, FWIW.)
Mar
23
comment What is the best way to filter the Turkish coffee?
You can use an Aeropress to produce concentrated (and high-quality) coffee without any particles. It's not actually espresso, but it's also much cheaper and easier than using an espresso machine. Or try a Moka pot.
Mar
6
comment Is the SS Stovetop Espresso Maker from CafeCoffeeDay a Moka pot?
Because the "official" definition for espresso states that you need at least 9 bar of pressure, which is higher than the moka pot can produce.
Mar
1
comment Why does my beet kvass taste bad?
This isn't really necessary (and might even be counter-productive - using bleach means you have to rinse everything thoroughly, which means you risk introducing bacteria from your tap water). It would probably be better to use a no-rinse brewing sanitizer like Star San.
Feb
1
comment Fishhouse Punch: Peach Brandy vs Schnapps
@Yamikuronue that might work - I haven't heard of that brand. If it's regular brandy with added peach flavoring, it could certainly be fine.
Feb
1
comment Fishhouse Punch: Peach Brandy vs Schnapps
@rumtscho you are correct about European schnapps, but what are usually sold as "schnapps" here in the US are almost always just alcohol, artificial flavor and sugar. For example, peppermint schnapps, green apple schnapps, cinnamon schnapps, etc.
Jan
14
comment How to make beet kvass in Winter?
This would certainly work, but is overkill. A lot of brewers use aquarium heaters or "brew belts", and if they work for beer, they'll work equally well for kvass.
Jan
14
comment How to make beet kvass in Winter?
This question would probably be a good fit for the Homebrew Stack Exchange site.
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.