farmersteve
  • Member for 5 years
  • Last seen more than 1 year ago
  • Seattle Metropolitan Area, WA, United States
2 answers
3 votes
268 views
Shrove Tuesday - what alcohol can I serve with my pancakes?
3 votes

If you wanted to stick with the Lenten theme and wanted to stay traditional and you lived in Munich Germany and you were a monk working at a monastery, you would be drinking Doppelbock beer. I'm not a ...

View answer
2 answers
4 votes
209 views
Spittoons - in a friendly wine tasting
3 votes

It's fairly common in the wine trade to spit wine when evaluating wine as a buyer, winemaker, sommelier because you will get trashed if you drank everything. So there are two ways to spit. There is ...

View answer
1 answers
5 votes
311 views
Availability of Victoria Bitter
3 votes

I did a quick search and it seems that the brewery's distribution channel to North America dried up years ago. So, no you can't get it from here. But from what I am reading on Beer Advocate, you ...

View answer
4 answers
10 votes
4k views
Alcohol producing Catholic monasteries?
3 votes

Monastic alcohol production goes back a long ways. Probably as old as the Catholic church. In fact, I think that at one time in Europe you had to be part of the church just to produce alcohol. This ...

View answer
4 answers
7 votes
2k views
What fruit spirit is in St. Germain?
3 votes

I think you are misunderstanding what "fruit spirits" are. It is essentially ethanol. Spirits (or ethanol) are derived from something fermenting. This can be sugar, fruit or grain based. Fruit based ...

View answer
1 answers
5 votes
208 views
How to brew beer at home from 0% beer, yeast and sugar?
Accepted answer
3 votes

All Ethanol is "natural" in the sense that it comes from fermentation. Neutral spirits are created through distillation to concentrate the alcohol. In theory you can combine sugar, water, yeast to ...

View answer
2 answers
3 votes
130 views
What is the technical term for the "vinegar/easter egg dye" smell in some wines?
2 votes

Probably what you are smelling is a combination of oxidized wine, ethyl acetate and acetic acid. Oxidized wine smells like sherry and the volatile acidity smells exactly like you described it. Vinegar....

View answer
3 answers
1 votes
100 views
Good beverage suggestions to get drunk but not too drunk?
2 votes

I'll give you my advice after 30+ years of being an adult and working in the alcohol industry for many years. Here it is: Drink the drink that has the least amount of alcohol you can stand. For me ...

View answer
2 answers
3 votes
984 views
When was non alcoholic wine first invented?
2 votes

I'm sure the "Ancients" drank grape juice. It was probably a delicious treat when it was in season when the grapes were ripe in the Fall. I love drinking the juice from my wine grapes, it's very good! ...

View answer
1 answers
3 votes
986 views
Will Adding Wood Chips meant for smoking to whiskey add bad flavor
2 votes

Yes, it will taste like wood and not the smoked flavor you are seeking. First they should be oak chips. Then they should be charred. You should probably visit the Distiller's Forum and this topic ...

View answer
3 answers
6 votes
666 views
Can drinking 45ml of spirit (40%) per day affect your health?
2 votes

To answer your last question first, drinking 1 drink a day will not make you dependent. Drinking 3 or 4 times that amount probably won't make you dependent physically. Physiologically, you might ...

View answer
2 answers
0 votes
129 views
Why New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and French one are so different?
Accepted answer
2 votes

It's a climate/weather thing. New Zealand Sauv. Blanc is grown in much cooler climate than in Bordeaux giving you a much crisper, tart style of wine.

View answer
1 answers
3 votes
90 views
How do you know if wine has gone bad?
2 votes

Here is a list from the Wine Faults Wikipedia page. These faults, for the most part, will not do any harm when they are in wine (they aren't strong enough) They just taste bad. Acetaldehyde Smell ...

View answer
1 answers
4 votes
75 views
Can old flat champagne be used for vinegar?
2 votes

Yes, pretty much any old wine, if it hasn't already turned into vinegar, can be made into vinegar. The best is to start with clean wine, but if it already tastes kind of funky just push it towards the ...

View answer
1 answers
2 votes
93 views
Why is there a Double Gold medal?
Accepted answer
2 votes

It's simply grade inflation. I have won a few Double Golds at the Seattle Wine Awards. Contests were giving out too many Golds and they came up with Double Golds. Here is how it normally works. Judges ...

View answer
2 answers
2 votes
69 views
Winterhighlight "Feuerzangenbowle" without headache?
2 votes

What is happening is that you are burning off most of the alcohol before you consume it. I can't tell you the exact amount, but it's significant. I would say that it's probably less than 10% alcohol ...

View answer
2 answers
2 votes
59 views
The quality of beer from one gallon brewing equipment versus more robust equipment
2 votes

I think it depends on a lot of factors, but you should be able to make high quality beer. You just have to pay a lot of attention to detail. Measuring ingredients becomes super important. A little ...

View answer
1 answers
2 votes
114 views
Do lights and music enhance a cocktail?
Accepted answer
2 votes

Yes, it's been proven scientifically! Here is an article that breaks it down On the other hand, some research suggests that, under the right conditions, loud noise might actually enhance certain ...

View answer
1 answers
4 votes
113 views
Vintage port stored on the side
2 votes

It is generally preferred to store wine on it's side, but I think the climate the wine is stored is even more important. Generally, a wine like a vintage port, will spend only a short part of it's ...

View answer
1 answers
3 votes
724 views
Pump filtration of fruit liqueurs to get rid of cloudy sediment?
2 votes

There are several types of filtering systems out there. I suggest a hobby level plate and frame filter. You can filter at 5 microns or less, but 5 is probably good enough to remove the sediment. There ...

View answer
1 answers
1 votes
439 views
Brewing mead with fruits
Accepted answer
2 votes

Let me see if I can answer your questions. I have years of experience with making beer, wine and mead... No, leave the apples alone until fermentation is done. No, the alcohol will stop any rotting. ...

View answer
3 answers
6 votes
9k views
What beers or other drinks did Native Indians brew in the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans in 1492?
2 votes

If you include Central and South America, there is a beverage that is still made today called Chicha In South and Central America, chicha is a fermented or non-fermented beverage usually derived ...

View answer
5 answers
3 votes
2k views
Adding flavor to vodka
Accepted answer
2 votes

They make the exact product you are looking for. Home Distillers can add flavorings to their neutral spirits with these products. Still Spirits I would look around the website as there are many ...

View answer
2 answers
4 votes
328 views
Carbonation in pressure barrel
2 votes

I decided to dig into this because I have been home brewing off and on for 20 years and never really used a pressure barrel. Pressure Barrels seem to be more widely used in the UK and Australian ...

View answer
4 answers
6 votes
1k views
What alcohol to pair with roast goose?
2 votes

I think you need something that is kind of big, but has the acid to cut through the goose fat and clear you palate when you take a sip. To that end I would suggest a Riesling, but not some whimpy ...

View answer
4 answers
14 votes
23k views
Can beer be recarbonated?
2 votes

Yes and No. Yes you can re-carbonate beer either by injecting CO2 into it either with a Sodastream (are those things still around) or natural conditioning as mentioned in another answer. No, you ...

View answer
1 answers
4 votes
613 views
Roman recipe for mead
Accepted answer
2 votes

If you want to make a small amount of mead, you can follow those directions, but you will need modern equipment. A carboy and an airlock is basically all you need. Actually, you will probably need two....

View answer
1 answers
2 votes
101 views
Marketing wine - does the label matter
Accepted answer
2 votes

I know wineries that spent huge amounts on a label design and others that keep it super simple with just text and no graphics. The sky is the limit on designing a label. I had to spend about $1000 USD ...

View answer
1 answers
4 votes
76 views
Recommendations for learning how to brew beer in London?
2 votes

I'll take a stab at this... I would start with a good homebrewing book and walk through the process. The Complete Joy of Homebrewing is where I started 20 years ago and it's still a great place to ...

View answer
1 answers
3 votes
115 views
Cling labels for beer bottles
2 votes

I think they would not make a good candidate for beer or wine bottles if you want to subject them to moisture or cold Static Cling Labels Static Clings are usually made of a flexible vinyl or ...

View answer