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Drinking from a pewter mug?

Modern beer is typically served in glassware, and the reasons for the various styles are addressed in What glasses are meant for which beers and why? I have some alternative vessels at home, ...
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What's the benefit of cap “and” cork?

Some beers, like Lindemann's lambics, come in a bottle that resembles a champaigne bottle (but smaller), with a cork -- and a bottlecap. What does the cap add to this? Why is it there? (By "...
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What is the regulatory process of being able to produce and sell an alcoholic drink in South Africa commercially?

We have started producing small batches of a unique honey mead that is doing well in small to large stall type markets. What are the steps that need to be followed in order to get a license to ...
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How long does Chouchen keep once opened?

I have tried to look this up but have only come up with a few community sites with improper sourcing and varying degrees of answer (from 1 month to many years). Does anyone have first hand knowledge ...
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Why do people bother with the ice when making a martini?

You could just keep your vodka/gin in the freezer, and mix it with vermouth. Why do people bother with the ice when making a martini? Ice just waters it down -- and if you do wish to dilute your drink,...
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What pairs well with green wine?

What pairs well with green wine? Green wine (Vinho Verde) is basically an inexpensive young wine. Vinho Verde (literally 'green wine') refers to Portuguese wine that originated in the historic Minho ...
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Do cognacs "imported from France" have added sugar?

Wikipedia says: Some brandies have caramel colour and sugar added to simulate the appearance of barrel aging. I wonder how one might know which ones do and do not have added sugar? Would buying only ...
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Storing tequila in the freezer?

Tequila happens to be just about the only liquor I enjoy. Recently, I was talking to some guys from Mexico who know their tequila pretty well. One of the older guys was telling me he sometimes enjoys ...
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Will alcohol boost body fat?

I am drinking Rum, Brandy and Whisky regularly. Sometimes beer. In those which boosts body fat? Which is good for obesity prone body?
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Is vodka made for exportation generally less good?

I am quite new to vodka and I wonder if their target market plays a role on any aspect of their craft that can affect their taste. Do you know, based on you experience I guess, if the vodkas made for ...
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Campari or Aperol - the sweeter one?

Campari or Aperol - which is sweeter or maybe less bitter than the other one?
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Does barrel aging add sugar to liquors?

Wikipedia says: Some brandies have caramel colour and sugar added to simulate the appearance of barrel aging. My question is: Does real barrel aging add sugar to liquors, and if so, how much? Is the ...
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What are the exact risks of drinking alcohol in a too high concentration?

It is frequently mentioned that drinks of very high ABV should not be drunk neat because of their harmful effects. Examples of such claims can be found e.g. here: What is the strongest drink in the ...
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Does Caymus use “Mega Purple”?

I can’t find a solid answer on this. I’ve tried both special selection 2014 and the regular cab from 2017. Really enjoyed both bottles but I’ve read some things that suggest that they use Mega Purple ...
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How can I figure out what a beer tastes like based on the name (i.e. before ordering/trying it)?

I am a relative newbie in terms of drinking... I don't know too much about different types of beers (or different types of other alcohols). I only drink occasionally, so when I find something I like, ...
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Did everyone drink beer in the middle ages?

I've heard that in the middle ages the water was so bad that everyone drank beer or wine. Is that true? Did pregnant women and small children also drink beer?
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Cooking with wine

I was always told that if I was going to cook with wine just buy a cheap bottle as it makes no difference once you cook away the alcohol. Is this true or would a more expensive bottle give me more ...
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Propagating a Beer Yeast Culture to other applications

How much of an impact do yeasts strains have on their [beer] products? Is this a significant game changer? I want to craft delicious fermented foods. Beer, bread and pizza are a few of my motives. I ...
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Trying to Find a Good Beer for A Friend

I have a friend who never really got into beer. Something about it just doesn't taste right to her, I guess; regardless, she is still open to trying beer and wants to find some that she actually ...
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What is a good beer for starters, or people who don't typically enjoy the taste of beer?

Asking as a beer lover, my roommate does not enjoy most beers, nor does my fiancé. I have nobody to share my enjoyment and taste testing with. What is a good beer that I can get them started out on to ...
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Are gas injection based wine openers a good idea?

I used to work in fairly fine dining restaurants, so I know some about wine. The problem I'm looking at is my step-father has an impressive cellar, but some of the wines are rather aged. I think last ...
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Cannibis beer vs.. Cannabis-Infused Beer

There seems to be two types of weed beers: Cannabis Beer and Cannabis-Infused Beer on the market. What is the difference between the two and what is the taste difference between the two? Bonus ...
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Recommendation for a Sasquatch Day barbecue?

Group of hunting buddies here in BC, are planning have a Sasquatch Day barbecue on October 20! October 20 is the anniversary of the alleged Patterson–Gimlin film of a real Bigfoot. Hoping to start a ...
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Is it appropriate to request a bottle of wine at the table upon arrival at a dinner reservation?

I'm making reservations at a nice place on the bay where I'm going to go on a date. I'm at the point in the online reservation where I can write requests in a text field. Is it appropriate to request ...
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An alternative to sherry in trifle

I want to make a proper sherry trifle, but do not want to use sherry! Is there an alternative liqueur that won't change the whole ethos of the trifle? Here is a link to how to make a sherry trifle. ...
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Is this 1L bottle of Blue Label a special edition or a regular one?

There's this bottle of Blue Label and I wanted to know if it's a limited edition?
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Which temperature should be recommended in serving wine?

Every wine has its own temperature of serving so how we will predict the best temperature for serving wine or at which best temperature it should be served?
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What ingredients leave beer with sugary taste?

I know that exists those beers that uses fruits and then leaving beer with sugary taste, for example Belgian Hoergaaden with orange zest. But there are those without any fruit part and it's yet sweet. ...
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What is this wine set element?

I have been wondering what is this wine set element - I can't think of a use to it and Google search showed other wine sets which didn't contain it (sometimes there was bottle opener holder in its ...
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Why does/should my bartender let the ice cube sit before pouring?

Among the greater joys in my life is the recent opening of a whiskey bar within walking distance of my house, and I'm now a regular at said bar, tasting and experimenting different ways of enjoying ...
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What is the name of the Scottish Brewery that makes Nanny State beer?

I have a friend who is a fellow beer aficionado who told me about a brewery in Scotland that produced a beer that had such as high ABV that the government said it couldn't be produced because that ...
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What are good alcohol-free staples to include in a home bar?

I love entertaining and try to keep our home bar stocked with liquors needed for the most commonly requested cocktails. I also try to keep beer, wine, soda, and seltzers on hand when I know people ...
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How can I prevent beer cans from exploding?

My partner and I heard a loud pop one evening that we assumed was a car backfiring in front of our home. It turns out that noise was a can of beer in a case I had ordered for a virtual tasting event ...
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Is it appropriate to substitute Kahlua in lieu of Patron XO Cafe?

I have a cocktail recipe that calls for Patron XO Cafe. I try to avoid buying bottles of super speciality liquors if I don't anticipate I'll use them frequently. I do have Kahlua on hand which I know ...
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Brewing mead with fruits

This is my first time homebrewing. I'm making mead with apples but noticed that some of the sliced apples lies above the liquid level. Do I need to push them down? Will the apple rot and spoil the ...
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Beer expired last year and this year

We have lots of Blonde beer which expired last year and some expired May this year. Is it still safe to drink?
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Ways to avoid Skunked beer?

Before the craft beer craze, most consumption was mass produced bottles and cans that seemed to last forever. New England or "Hazy" IPAs tend to have a short shelf life of less than 2 months....
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Name of a cocktail with orange peel+coconut+lime

Last night, I asked bartender for a cocktail based on orange peel. Then he made a cup of cocktail with orange peel & coconut & lime. It was off sweet taste. He told me the name of cocktail ...
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Pairing sweet wine with dessert

A rule of thumb I've heard concerning pairing (sweet) wine with (sweet) desserts is that the wine should be sweeter than the dessert. For some references, see e.g., here or here. So suppose I'm ...
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Is distilled water automatically deionised water?

In the process of distilling water. Does the said water become de-ionised? I don't know how many ways I've tried to put this but it keeps coming back as not up to your standards. Oh that did it it ...
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Health Effects of Drinking Slowly

I really like the flavor of dark beer, but I hate getting buzzed. Thus, I have developed the habit of drinking a single beer over the course of 1-3 days, because then I can keep my BAC low (ie. sub 0....
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Does calorie count on a can of beer account for calories in the alcohol?

I was having a discussion with a friend about the amount of calories in various kinds of beer, light beers and seltzers and he said that the calorie information in the nutrition section of the can ...
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What pairs well with cannabis wine?

What pairs well with cannabis wine? Cannabis Wine: Herbs have been infused into wine since the time of ancient Greece. These aromatized wines are now even being infused with cannabis. One such ...
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Different physiological effect of beer and wine?

I wonder if it's possible for beer to cause you to be sleepier than wine with the same amount of alcohol in it? And if so, what would be the cause?
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Is there a recipe for a Kosher for Passover beer or ale?

I'm looking to do a home brew of a Kosher for Passover beer. Is there a recipe I can follow?
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Are there collectors of old champagne bottles not opened? I’ve got 1996 bottle with Atlanta Olympic Rings on it

I have a 1996 Atlanta Olympic bottle of Korbel champagne. Are there collectors?
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When some one uses "sweet" to describe Blanc de Noir Brut Champagne, what does it really mean?

A friend of mine really enjoyed a glass of Champagne at a restaurant back two years ago, and described it as "sweet" and "smells good". Based on other clues and after many ...
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Why would wine sellers need to broach the cask?

I don't know if wine merchants still broach the cask in 2021, but why would they? Aren't casks manufactured with a spigot that a seller can just turn on, as shown below? I embolded the phrase below. ...
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Differences in beers from Asia in comparision to beers from Europe

Is there anything unique about beer in Asian countries compared with European beer? or is it mainly just a brand difference? Some of them are for example, Tsingtao beer of China, Saigon beer of ...
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What is the largest winery that supplies sacramental wine to the Catholic Church?

As the question states, I would like to know what is the largest winery that supplies sacramental wine for the Catholic Church? By largest supplier to the Catholic Church of sacramental wine, I mean ...

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