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What factors cause distinctions between Canadian and American craft beer?

I've lived on the Canadian border, right next to the U.S. for most of my life. In the past 5 or so years I've noticed that many American craft breweries seem to produce higher quality craft beer than ...
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How do people preserve wines, champagne?

How do people preserve wines and champagnes for decades? Is there a special method or is it like keep in wine storage or cupboard and forget for some decades to be better in taste?
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How do I get beer to chill to the maximum possible?

I like cold beer. Given the answers in Do beer bottles explode in freezer? -beer bottles may break in a freezer. How can I get my beer to chill as much as possible. Get it so cold that it's only ...
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Do beer bottles explode in freezer?

I have had cola cans explode in my freezer. But I cannot afford to test this on my long neck beer bottles. Do beer bottles (or cans) explode in a freezer (of a typical fridge in a household) ?
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Can I pour cans into a keg?

Can I pour cans of Carling in to a keg to use with a beer tap? It's a 9 liter keg, and all the beer will be drunk that day/night What gas pressure would I need? (If it's possible.) Can the same ...
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Extracting oils and flavours before fermentation

Distillation of ethereal oils is made with different pressures and temperatures than distillation of alcohol. So when distilling spirits out of mash directly most of the tastes get lost. I wonder if ...
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If buying a distillery, what would you focus on?

As I receive many offers of Latin American spirits and do not have any experience in marketing those (high quality) products I think to buy into an existing distillery with skilled personnel, to use ...
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Germany loves to drink Glühwein (warm wine) in Winter, where else in the world do they practice that?

In Germany it is a tradition to drink warm wine in Winter called Glühwein, especially during the weeks before Christmas. Additional ingredients are (among others) cinnamon, clove, star anise and ...
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How much Old Monk is famous in other countries?

I believe that this Rum from India is not limited to India but also having fans from around the world. Is this available in other countries? If it is, what is usage rate?
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Are there any spirits that never should be combined in a cocktail or drink?

Many drinks and cocktails are a mixture of different spirits with or without additional tastes introduced by juices, concentrates and/or other ingredients that create their special taste. My ...
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Are there other spirits and/or wines in the world that use the Sherry production method?

The method to produce Sherry and the respective Brandies, called Solera, uses several layers of barrels (frequently four layers). From the lowest layer they take the annual amount they want to sell ...
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Best way to consume Mezcal?

About Mezcal I know that Mezcal is a drink made from 100% agave and so a more pure drink than Tequila. Rather bad Mezcal will include a "worm" which is a larva of two different kind of insects, as I ...
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Is a bottle of Sake that was open for roughly two years safe to drink?

I have an already opened bottle of sake in my possession that I'd like to drink. I opened it roughly two years ago, it was sealed with a simple screw-cap and stored at room temperature. Due to its ...
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What’s the drinking game with thumb on the bar?

I'm aware of a drinking game involving thumbs on the bar, but unsure of it's name or details and how to 'play' it - does anyone know such a game ?
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Why do they use different recipe for making a Caipirinha in Brazil and in Germany / Europe?

Recipe in Brazil: Ice-Cubes, white fine sugar, Cachaça, squeezed lemon Recipe in Germany / Europe: Crashed ice, coarse brown sugar, Cachaça, squeezed lemon. The difference is enormous. Made in the ...
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Does adding honey to bottled wine increase the alcohol content?

I purchased a Montepulciano, added 80 grams of honey and some pepper, and then put it in the fridge. A glass of it after 24 hours seemed to me more alcoholic than what it was originally. Is it ...
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How should I drink limoncello?

I was given some decent Limoncello from Italy as a gift, 30% proof, brand name 'Villa Massa' from Sorrento. I had a tiny sip of it and it is quite smooth, not too sharp and rather nice. However I'm ...
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Why changes taste of beer when transported by plane?

I observed the following. When I was in Brazil I drank some craft beer, which I liked. I bought some bottles and took them with me to Europe. When I opened the bottles here the taste was terrible. ...
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Where can I find a type of beer that comes in flat top beer cans?

I am looking for a beer that is sold in flat top cans or at least cans that require a tool to open it. A friend and I were discussing it and I thought that it would make an excellent present. I am ...
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Non-alcoholic substitutes for wine

I like the taste of wine and the sensation the alcohol creates in the mouth, but I have no interest in the mental effects or the cancer risk. (I've never drunk enough at one time to become even so ...
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What are some of the iconic champagnes for each decade of the last 100 years?

Which champagne / house is most commonly associated with each decade since the 1920s? For example, a few initial thoughts might be: 1950s - Pol Roger (a Churchill influence?) 1960s - Bollinger (all ...
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Brewing in a rented space/place.

Can you brew beer in an apt? I could let it age in my closet, or the balcony storage shed.
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What wine did people drink during the Roman empire?

What was the wine like that people drank during the times of the Roman empire? How alcoholic was it? I heard they diluted their wine with water, but why would they do that?
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How to obtain Amanita Muscaria in California for brewing

I just read an article about brewing with Amanita Muscaria. Does anyone know the best way to get the mushroom in California?
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What is this sediment from my wine?

I saw this in my carafe after it had been emptied. I am assuming it came from the wine. It almost looks like a vine to me. Can anyone help me identify this?
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Where I can check the age of this blended scotch whisky?

How to check how old this scotch whisky is?
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How hard is it to get rare 18 year old Scotches directly in Scotland?

For the purpose of definition we'll call 'rare 18 year old Scotch' bottles that aren't really common in foreign markets like Canada. What I wonder is, if we're talking about that type of high-grade ...
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Restart fermentation stuck at 1.026SG?

I have a berry wine, stuck at 1.026SG and with a high malic acid (quite sour). Should I try to restart the fermentation by adding fresh yeast? What about yeast from another vat? Is there enough ...
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Vinometer reads 16% while SG says that can't be possible

My initial SG was 1.090 and now reads 1.026, this should give me an ABV between 8.4% and 9% but the vinometer is reading 16%, and I have a stuck fermentation with Montrechat (Premier Rouge) yeast (max ...
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What is this Cooper and Thief red wine bottle?

I've got this Cooper and Thief bottle. From the label, it is a blend of red wines aged in Bourbon barrils. However, unlike red wine, it is 17% alcohol. I don't really know what to expect. Should I ...
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Alcohol and cannabis [closed]

Constellation Brands (STZ) has agreed to pay $190 million for a 10% stake in Canopy Growth Corporation, which sells medical marijuana in Canada and plans to sell recreational pot there when it becomes ...
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The quality of beer from one gallon brewing equipment versus more robust equipment

I'm becoming more interested in brewing my own beer and due to space considerations am thinking a 1-gallon size may be my ideal choice of setup. The question is: In what ways does brewing with 1 ...
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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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What's a good (neutral) sample beer to spike with a sensory training kit?

I recently ordered a sensory training kit from Siebel Institute. In short, glass vials of liquid isolating flavors (including off-flavors and contamination) commonly found in beer. The instructions ...
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Trying to find a resealable bottle cap

A long long time ago (.. I can still remember ♫) there were these old bottle caps. My parents still have 2 or 3 at home from soviet times. They look kinda like this: What are those called? Ar there ...
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Angove's 1995 “Port”: Drinkable or Not?

I came into possession of a bottle of fortified wine - it says on the label "Premium Vintage Angove's 1995 Port". I happened to be at Angove's cellar door doing a tasting and I mentioned to them that ...
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Are there any Whisky better for cocktails?

I would like to know what Whisky is better with cocktails. I've bough the Jack Daniels Whisky, but I feel that the taste of the cocktail is off since the flavors of the Jack Daniels is stronger than ...
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Are there any sure fire hangover cures? [duplicate]

The internet is full of hangover cures - (I need a drink just reading them all!) Just how many can claim to be backed by science? Obvious strategies include staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep,...
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Drinking vodka through a straw - stronger or not?

Question: If I drink my vodka through a straw will it have a stronger effect. There is a question here that sort of addresses my query, but does it apply to spirits as well?
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When and why did wineries start diluting wine?

Commercial wineries sometimes (often?) dilute the grape juice with water before fermentation. This is done (according to that page) because the grapes have too much sugar and can kill off the yeast ...
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What to do with 50 (?) years old sake?

I found a bottle of sake in my grandfathers basement. As there are no Latin characters indicating the age of the bottle (and I don't speak Japanese), I used google Translator and found the following ...
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Nowadays do wine makers use squeeze-by-feet method for grape juice extraction to make wine?

Nowadays do grapes squeezed/stomped for juice extraction like Adriano Celentano did it in the "The Taming of the Scoundrel" movie? Do some wine-makers still use such method of juice extraction for ...
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Is it safe to drink a four decades old champagne?

A friend of my family gave us an unopened bottle of Bollinger champagne from 1979. It is a vintage champagne. Is it safe to drink? As far as I understand, the worst that could happen to alcohol is ...
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Why have distinct styles of Scotch clustered in different regions of Scotland?

I've noticed the tendency for different regions of Scotland to produce malt whiskies that tend to be similar in character, and I wonder how this came to be. That the distilling methods from each ...
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How to recover a carboy of cider?

I'm one of those people who puts nearly all my energy into things other than brewing. And yet I still do it a little. That's why I have a carboy of cider that is 18 months old in my basement. I don'...
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Why is there no mention on labels especially IPAS of alcohol content? [duplicate]

I don't understand how beer can be sold in a supermarket, yet not be required to have the alcohol content listed on the bottle. This can lead to serious consequences, if the person drinking does not ...
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When, where and why did the tradition of clinking glasses and saying “cheers” or “to your health” first start?

Is it possible to know where, when and how the custom of clinking glasses (usually filled with beer or wine) originated, while saying "cheers" or "to your health"? Do any historical documents support ...
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Where to find the Leffe Brune (and other Belgian beers) in South London

As per title... I don't know where to find the Leffe Brune (my favourite) in London at "normal" price. I live near Elephant & Castle... south London. By normal price I mean like 2 or 2.5£ (better ...
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Is sake a wine, beer or spirit drink?

Sake is commonly known as "wine rice". But the process of obtaining sake is more similar to the beer one, according to Wikipedia. And its alcohol content is closer to a spirit drink. Why is called ...
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How much alcohol is in rum extract?

I generally use rum extract to make a "non-alcoholic" version of my eggnog recipe (which calls for rum and bourbon). However, the rum extract in my cupboard still technically has some alcohol in it, ...

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