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How to increase pH in a cocktail? [closed]

I've recently become fascinated by the use of butterfly pea blossoms to add colour to alcoholic drinks. (Yes, I've been watching How To Drink on YouTube). It acts as a natural pH indicator--add lemon ...
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Prophecies involving alcohol?

When we read the Life of Nostradamus, we come across a rather strange little prophecy. Put in a short manner, it states that whoever drank from the skull of Nostradamus would inherit his incredible ...
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What does the absinthe ritual do?

I'm not an absinthe expert, and also, I'm not really unto rituals of any kind, so I'm curious. Can anybody tell me what the absinthe ritual does? You know, this. Pour the absinthe into a glass. ...
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How can I layer liquors on top of each other?

I was at a bar some time ago and I ordered a random shot. A B52 I believe. And it looked perfectly layered, no gradients between any of the three liquors. So how do the bartenders do it?
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Is peaty whiskey made in other parts of the world besides Islay?

I recently came back from a visit to Islay in Scotland, where I learned that the distilleries use peat in the process of drying barley to give the local Scotch its distinctive peaty flavor. I'm ...
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What is the max ABV that can be attained with instant yeast?

Wine yeast is not sold in Indian markets, and online it's very costly; around 12 times what it would cost in the US. I like wine above 15% ABV. Will that be possible with instant yeast? If so, then ...
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Sangria left out overnight

I made some sangria for a party - Spanish red, brandy, triple sec, peach schnapps, orange slices, lemon slices, strawberries, pineapple, generic tropical juice - and have accidentally left it out on ...
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What is a good collection of alcohol to keep around for someone who doesn't drink? [closed]

I don't drink alcohol at all, but I'd like to keep some kind of selection around to offer to guests who do. I'm not looking to fully stock a bar, but at least a few different options that can ...
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What is the best way to cool your beer on a festival without electricity?

I am going to some festivals this year but I still struggle to find the most convenient method to cool my beer there. I already tried bringing a cool box but it was warm after a few hours the first ...
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Can I use bentonite for clarifying beer? [closed]

So, I have a 5 liter dark style beer batch which completed the fermentation. It's a bit cloudy at this moment even after racking. I have some pure bentonite clay lying around and I want to use it to ...
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WSET Level 2 Exam

I'm studying for the WSET Level 2 and I will be taking it in a couple of weeks. Any advice on what I should study? I've already made tons of flash cards and I'm going through them regularly.
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Is there any professional cooler that can carbonate beer? [duplicate]

Or does all beer have to be carbonated in kegs (or before)? My beer is not carbonating properly and I would like to find a way to do it on the spot whatever the cost.
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What are the disadvantages of storing and transporting wine in steel barrels?

What are the disadvantages of storing and transporting wine in steel barrels? I am an MBA student from Christ University, lavasa, india and this is a question regarding my internship project. Please ...
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Beer is banned in my state. How can I make beer at my home?

I am living in Germany, I am addicted to beer, but if I go back to my country, I couldn't find the beer or any alcohol products at my state, because beer and alcohol are banned. Is there any way, I ...
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Using barrels for aging Whisk(e)y - preparing the barrel?

I've been in homebrewing and homedistilling for some time and read a bunch of useful information about all types of whisk(e)y's and how are all of them named and such. I can't get the right ...
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Why is alcohol so expensive in Australia?

How is it that alcohol is so expensive in Australia? Is it just because of taxation?
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What is a dry porter?

A local brewpub describes one of its current beers as a "dry porter". I got something else instead, so I didn't taste it. I'm familiar with both porters and stouts (and the controversies over what ...
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Unique and valuable gift for drinker? [closed]

I want to give a close friend a unique and memorable liquor-related (his stipulation) gift. He's particularly fond of whiskey and beer but drinks most anything. What are some ideas, not necessarily ...
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Is there any good local gin or whiskey produced in South Korea?

When travelling I try to bring back home spirits from places I visit, mostly gin and whiskey. I will be soon travelling to South Korea (Seoul and Busan), and I am trying to find out about the local ...
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Will Adding Wood Chips meant for smoking to whiskey add bad flavor

Take a Kirkland Blended Whisky or something similar. Is it reasonable to put that in a container with smoking wood chips and let sit for a long while with good results? Are there any gotchas that ...
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Is the country of origin for a beer always the same as the brewers country of origin?

I am creating a craft beer application which will contains a lot of information about beers. Now when modeling the data I am contemplating whether a beer itself should have a country, city and other ...
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Is there a real life equivalent to Bean's Alcoholic Cider in Fantastic Mr. Fox?

Mr. Fox says the cider "burns in your throat, boils in your stomach, and tastes almost exactly like pure melted gold." To me, that sounds like an ABV of at least 25-30%, but I've never seen an ...
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What is “Five Fruits” in this 1920s cocktail recipe?

From Shake 'Em Up! A Handbook of Polite Drinking (1930), page 46: GIN PUNCH NUMBER ONE 2 quarts of grapefruit juice 2 quarts of gin and one quarter cup of Five Fruits or Grenadine Keep the punch in ...
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Can a kiwano melon become alcohol?

Could someone make wine (or any other alcoholic beverage) from kiwano melons aka horned melons? Like, if you needed to make alcohol and the only prominent fruit is kiwano, could you make it work? In ...
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What's the difference between Amaretto and Crème de Noyaux?

Both Amaretto and Crème de Noyaux are sweet almond-flavored liqueurs. My understanding is that Crème de Noyaux is typically red, whereas Amaretto is usually brown. Other than the obvious difference ...
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Bad spirits experience - cannot drink that specific type anymore

One time, I had a bad experience with vodka; I drank a very excessive amount in one night. As a result, I can no longer drink vodka or even smell it with out getting queasy / sick. This was several ...
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Is there an online and/or English-language version of the “Jiǔmíngjì” 酒名記?

I was reading Peter Kupfer's scholarly piece Amber Shine and Black Dragon Pearls: The History of Chinese Wine Culture (June 2018). During the Song Dynasty (960–1279), it says, large amounts of ...
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Origin of the “lick, sip, suck” tequila shot technique

I was browsing through Here's How (1928), a Prohibition-era collection of cocktail recipes, and found something surprisingly familiar on page 48. The Swiss Itch Invented by one James Norton of ...
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Can drinking 45ml of spirit (40%) per day affect your health?

Based on this question How much actual alcohol is safe to drink per day? we can see The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism suggests no more than 4 drinks per day, and no more than 7 ...
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Why is this wine so expensive?

Online, this wine is $400. At Cibo in Coral Gables, it's $2100. Yep, $2100, sir. Don't forget the tip, ma'am. Does this wine taste like white truffle? what's up? https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/...
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Maturation process in casks

I’m curious about the cleaning process of casks before a distillery transfers its whisky to mature/age. To use one of the popular names, just as an example, before Macallan transfers its whisky into a ...
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How do I remove the smell of sulphur from my elderflower wine?

My wine is fully brewed. My hydrometer states that definitely. The issue is that it smells of eggs or similar. I do not want to put it in an aging barrel. So, how do I remove the smell of sulfur from ...
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Sealed beer can doesn't feel full

I have a can of local craft brew from a smallish brewery that has some "give" when I squeeze it. According to the can it was canned about 1 month ago. Other cans in the six pack feel normal and ...
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Why are wine bottle volumes in centiliters not in liters or milliliters?

Almost every beverage bottle I have come across has it's contents' volume specified in either liters or milliliters. That is except for wine bottles which are more often than not designated in ...
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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 do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?

I often make wine from kits. I'm a bit bored with the flavour and would love it to taste smoky and oaky. How do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?
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Discount Scotches in North America

Recently, I became aware that Scotch distilleries sometimes put out discount product at stores like Lidl and Aldi without an age statement, so they can turn product faster at a cheaper price. And in ...
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Who started pruning grape vines?

Does anyone know when pruning the leaves from vine first started or who by? I know it wasn't practiced until recent (last 500 years or so) but haven't been able to pinpoint who and when?
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Contradicting sayings about the order of drinking alcoholic beverages

Growing up in Europe we had a saying that said: "Bier auf Wein, das laß sein - Wein auf Bier, das rat' ich dir" Translation: Beer after wine, leave it be - wine after beer, that I recommend....
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Why are so many real ales so sweet

When I go to a pub now the choice of real ales seems to be between "bitters" that are in fact very sweet (e.g. London Pride, TT Landlord etc), or very hoppy beers. When I was a lad you could get ...
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What cocktails are named, created or in some other sense may be used by Catholics to celebrate their liturgical year?

What cocktails are named, created or in some other sense may be used by Catholics to celebrate their liturgical year? I am looking for cocktails named after saints or liturgical feasts or important ...
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Is it safe to store an open beer in a sealable cup in the refrigerator?

I was given a large can of beer. I couldn't finish it so I poured it into a sealable coffee cup and put it in the refrigerator. Is it safe to drink?
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What does it mean if a wine is an “ex-domaine?”

I believe this is a fairly simple question so I'm writing a lot here so the quality filter will allow me to post. I'm not sure what else to say besides the wine is listed as a variety (i.e. ...
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Why is the Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA so expensive?

I enjoy a good Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA, it is the only beer I can casually drink at home and it actually gives me a buzz, but I am curious as to why does it have such a high price point?
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Are syringes food grade?

I’ve been tired of storing opened bottle wines and having to have the same one the next day plus the day after that (and find out it’s sour). So I’m thinking about syringes as they easily suck the ...
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Can modern distilling techniques produce quality Scotch in significantly less time?

My brother-in-law is opening a distillery in Canada, which has got us discussing whisky on the regular. And by the sounds of it it looks like there are certain techniques that can be used these days ...
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Is it weird that I like my red wines slightly chilled? [duplicate]

Is it weird that I like my red wines Slightly chilled? Or is this normal? I constantly hear that we should be drinking reds at “room temperature."
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Why Fox Grape wines (like Izabella/Isabella) are forbidden on EU market?

Why Fox Grape wines (like Izabella) are forbidden on EU market? Or it seems like they are forbidden. Isabella and its blends mostly gone in those two decades in Balcans after they have joined EU. ...
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Why New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and French one are so different?

Why New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and French one are so different? Like they would be two different grapes.. And this difference is stable. Or may be this is false and there are French Sauvignon Blanc ...
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Acidity regulation of home made wine, berry wine or cider?

What are methods to regulate acidity of home made wine after it is become "a little bit too acid"? Somehow remove acid (especially acetic acid) or transform one acid to another (weaker, softer) ...

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