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I buy a bottle of wine from a supermaket - can you tell where it's come from?

Many wines are often sold under different brand names, or sold with a very generic label (Merlot - France). Of course these wines will all have come from a chateau/co-operative/blender somewhere, I ...
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How much pressure can a flip top take?

I'm making mead, 3 lbs honey topped up to 1 gallon with champagne yeast. My final gravity is ~1.044. Still lots of sugar in there, but fermentation had all but stopped. I put it all into 1 Liter flip ...
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Any recommendations on plum-based spirits?

Would anyone have recommendations on plum-based spirits? I've had the seasonal R. Jelinek Slivovitz Plum Brandy but that stuff is unpleasant and potent in large amounts, and I rarely see any kind of ...
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Is it possible to have a non-alcoholic Gin?

Is it possible to have a non-alcoholic gin? Tastes like gin but without the alcohol. Tonic on its own just isn't the same, but as the years go by I feel the need to minimise the 'volume' in my glass....
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What German beers are similar to Belgian abbey beers?

I visit Germany a lot (Augsburg, Bavaria) and I can't seem to find a beer that would be similar to Belgian beers, for example to Grimbergen blonde. So far the closest I've come is kellerbier but ...
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Can wine be made from raisins?

What wine is made from raisins not grapes? What would be different in nutrients in wine made raisins vs grapes? How would the process differ?
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Are there any maple syrup based spirits or other alcholic products?

I've done a cursory search for maple syrup based spirits and have not found any. It appears there are liqueurs with a whiskey base and maple syrup in them but maple syrup is not the base. I'm ...
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Liquor before beer never fear

The common saying "beer before liquor never sicker and liquor before beer have no fear" always made me wander why is that? What is the science behind it?
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Dark winter days equal dark winter drinks!

Winter is just around the corner, thus what should I be drinking? My normal summer tipple of Gin and Tonic, or should I move over to darker more homely drinks, like perhaps rum and coke? Is there a ...
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Is mulled wine just for Christmas?

With the weather deteriorating and temperatures dropping my thoughts drifted to mulled wine. Traditionally a Christmas treat, but is it 'fashionable or OK' to drink it even in the summer, or will my ...
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How is expired beer typically disposed of by large retailers?

Where does expired beer typically go when sellers rotate their stock?
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What is the difference between Cognac, Brandy, Bourbon, Scotch and Whiskey?

All these taste and look pretty similar. What is the difference between them?
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How do I make red wine vinegar from red wine (or clear vinegar from white wine)?

I have a bottle that has been standing opened in room temperature for a while, and has become a bit sour. How do I make it into vinegar? How long time does it take? Any precautions/...
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Bottle conditioning: What good things can aging to do a wine?

Which good things happen to a wine if you age it? Are there any wines you should age, and some you shouldn't age?
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Paw Paw 'Brandy' with slight blue cast

I'm working on recipe development for a Paw Paw 'brandy' and have had a slight blue cast to the product. Can anyone weigh in on the outcome? Thank you
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Cheapest Gin in the UK?

Just visiting the good old UK, and discover that gin is so expensive - what and where can I buy a cheap gin in the UK, are there any online stores? Yes I have looked but to no avail. Thanks guys.....
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What ingredient may I be allergic to in certain beers?

Mandatory disclaimer: I'm not asking for health related advices, this question is just out of pure curiosity. I drink the occasional beer, wine, or whatever other alcoholic drinks: no issues with ...
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How long does an open bottle of Sake last?

I received a very large bottle of Sake, but have not opened it because I am sure I can't drink it all quickly. Once I open it how long can I expect it to last, and what's the best way to keep it good ...
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What are the differences between Pale Ale (PA), India Pale Ale (IPA) and American Pale Ale (APA)?

I am wondering because I want to brew these styles of beer myself.
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Brewing: Which temperature should I ferment ale beer at?

I want to brew beer and I wonder which temperature I should ferment it at? I want to brew ales like IPA and Pale Ale. What difference does different fermentation temperatures have on the beer? Are ...
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A brand of scotch that routinely prints the release year on the bottle?

I enjoy drinking scotch, and I am about to have my first child. I would like to buy a bottle of scotch that has the year my child is born printed on it, and then give them the scotch as a gift when ...
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Elder flower champagne best to use natural yeast or add a wine yeast?

I have had much success making Elder Flower champagne in the past by adding the flower heads to large container of water, add sugar and little lemon for taste and leave for 2-4 weeks to ferment before ...
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What does Single Turn, Double Turn and Triple Turn mean in brewing?

I was going through a brochure in brewing and it mentioned Single Turn, Double Turn and Triple turn brewing. However, it did not mention what those mean. I would really appreciate if anyone with ...
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Can old flat champagne be used for vinegar?

I was given a few bottles of 14 year old champagne. The first bottle was flat but doesn't smell off. Can I use it to make vinegar?
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Rakija – a moonshine from the Balkan

I heard something about the moonshine called “rakija“, which is strongly represented in the Balkans. So my questions are: What kinds of rakija do exist? How are the made? How strong is rakija (how ...
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What is the difference between inverted simple syrup and simple syrup (if any)

I have heard the term inverse or inverted simple syrup used in cocktail recipes, but I haven't been able to figure out how this is different from "regular" simple syrup. For example, the wikipedia ...
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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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What is Tequila when its not from Mexico?

I heard of a case of the Mexican government protecting the Tequila name. From that It made me wonder what exactly is tequila. Just like Champagne is sparkling white wine when not from a specific ...
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Why is there a Double Gold medal?

I was looking up a wine and found out that one of my favorites received a Gold medal. I felt validated because that meant I wasn't crazy (all of my friends disliked it while I fell in love), so I ...
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Are there any historical cases where actual POWs made some form of alcohol while being held in a POW camp?

Are there any historical cases where actual POWs made some form of alcohol while being held prisoner by belligerent forces in a POW camp? While watching the classic movie The Great Escape (1963), I ...
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How to make alchohol in jail?

I have heard about being able to make alcohol in jail. How would that be done? I imagine the the ingredient list would be limited like thing that would only be found in a cell. Anybody have first hand ...
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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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Californian red semi-sweet wine similar to Kindzmarauli?

I'm in search of wine which will taste similar to Georgian red semi-sweet Kindzmarauli Can you give some advice for California citizen?
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Is there a modern wine that is designed to resemble Noah's wine?

After seeing this question once again on this site (Is there a modern wine that is designed to resemble ancient Roman winemaking?) sometime back and I became interested in knowing if there is a modern ...
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How long in advance do you need to order Westvleteren?

I'm thinking of going to Belgium for a week's holiday in the autumn and this time take the car from the UK. This would be perfect for stopping by the monks at Westvleteren and buying a case of beer. ...
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Do you need to actually be flying somewhere in order to buy booze duty free at the airport?

I live in Sydney. I was wondering if it would be possible to take a trip to the airport and buy a whole bunch of Johnnie walker duty free? Do you actually have to be boarding a flight, or can you just ...
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What online Italian wine stores ship to USA (South-West)?

What online Italian wine stores ship internationally? I know Vino75 does not.
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What wines pair well with vegetarian dishes?

What wines pair well with vegetarian or vegan dishes? White wines?
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Can wine be made from all edible fruits?

I am an amateur in the topic, so I was wondering, can all edible fruits be turned into a fruit wine? Why have grapes historically become the main fruit for wine making over other fruits?
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Why do some wines taste salty?

I recently moved to a new city in Austria and have noticed that many (but not all, so it’s definitely not a problem with my taste perception) of the local red wines taste salty. I’ve tried red wines ...
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How to correctly do a “Hitch Mix” - Johnnie walker and perrier water

I'm curious to experience Christopher Hitchens reported favourite drink. He described it as Johnnie Walker black, cut with perrier water, and no ice. I've had a go and it's interesting, but I'm ...
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Can you make “herbal tea” out of beer brewing ingredients?

I like teas and I like how some people describe the different beer flavors, and I think it's very interesting, but unfortunately I'm not into alcohol or the beer brewing so far. I've heard the ...
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Refrigerate Non-Alcoholic beer?

Should non-alcoholic beer be refrigerated to preserve it? How long does non-alcoholic beer last when not refrigerated?
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Does “ice-cold filtering” have additional value for a beer?

Some German pilsner beers have and "ice-cold filtered" ("eiskalt gefiltert") line on their bottle labels. Is there any difference (regarding the taste first of all) between "normal" filtering and the ...
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Craft beers and Microbreweries in Melbourne?

There are several lists online for craft brews in Melbourne, Australia: https://foursquare.com/top-places/melbourne/best-places-craft-beer https://www.theurbanlist.com/melbourne/a-list/melbournes-...
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Effects of temperature and time handling on beer 's taste?

We have 12 can of beer, we boiled 3 of them in some ranges of temperature such as: 122F, 131F, 140F, 149F in some duration (30min, 40min, 50min, and 60min). Then we drank them, but we feel their ...
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Kinds of wine, how to identify same grape differences

A brief explanation with beers: I love IPAs, but some of them are a disgrace to the kind, when I'll buy some, I look for the alcohol and IBU level, so I know I'll like the beer before I even buy it. ...
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Winterhighlight “Feuerzangenbowle” without headache?

I would like to take this answer to an other question as an opportunity to ask about an other speciality we Germans like to take in winter. It is about burning sugar with high-proof spirits. The ...
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Is there a drink in Italy similar to kvass?

Kvass is a low alcoholic drink made of (usually rye) bread. Is there something similar in Italy (like malt beer in Germany)? Or maybe is it possible to buy kvass in big supermarkets?
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Fosters Gold - Alternative

In the UK, I have always enjoyed Fosters lager and as a drink at home. I have always chosen Fosters Gold (Bottled) as my choice of drink at home, however I have just received this email reply saying ...

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