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All Things Food / Re: Silicone Baking Mat
« on: December 20, 2015, 08:45:00 AM »
The easy way to do something with Parmesan is to put it in a pan and then drop over something to shape. For a taco shell I would probably use a taco shell covered in parchment to get the shape. I've done that to create a bowl in which to serve spaghetti.

All Things Food / Re: Silicone Baking Mat
« on: December 19, 2015, 01:46:38 PM »
I have found brand new silicone items give off something which sets off my fire alarm near the kitchen the first few times you use them. This has not yet happened to the Amazon mats, but I expect it every time.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: First Duvel
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:32:26 AM »
I remember my first time having a Duvel was in a hotel using a paper cup. I called it headache in a glass because after I drank them I woke the next day a bit dehydrated, the alcohol is a bit deceptive.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yeungling IPL
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:31:22 AM »
Too much sulfur for my tastes. Nicely bittered, but not one I enjoyed enough to purchase again. YMMV

All Things Food / Silicone Baking Mat
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:29:12 AM »
A very long time ago I purchased two Silpats and we used them to death. They had soaked up enough grease due to cooking various things I finally could not get them to a point they did not feel greasy. I probably spent $20-25 each for them.

I purchased a two pack of Amazon Baking Mats recently for less than $12 total (I have Amazon Prime) and have used them a few times since they arrived and I trashed the Silpats. They are as good as Silpat if not better. Highly recommended.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 18, 2015, 07:53:06 PM »
Town Branch is solid Bourbon. The bottle weighs a metric crapload. Took me awhile to pick up a bottle and get to it in the queue, but it is pretty tasty. I think it was about $35 and change.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 17, 2015, 04:56:07 PM »

That ginger concoction from Powell and Mahoney looks good. Have you tried any of their other products?

Their Bloody Mary sucks...I mean really, really, really sucks. I paid for the bottle and shipping so I will jazz it up and use it up, but if I had paid $5 or less I would pour it out. I also purchased their Margarita, but haven't used any of it yet. It better be good!

It only takes a splash of the ginger in a drink. It is spicy and nice.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:48:39 AM »
I tried searching and didn't come up that I had posted about Old Grandad 114. I think I paid $20 for the fifth and it is almost gone, might finish up tonight. Most of the time I find anything over 90 proof to be a little hot and need a cube. Old Grandad 114 was in that category and just not mindblowing enough to drink by itself so I made it a mixer and it is fantastic with ginger. I quit using ginger ale and use Old Balycaster Ginger from Powell & Mahoney instead.

I mentioned Old Ezra 101 back in July and it is the same story except more boring in the glass by itself than Old Grandad 114. In any mixed Bourbon drink it is devine. I think I shelled out 20 beans for Old Ezra and after I drained that bottle I immediately grabbed another to put in the queue.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 16, 2015, 05:50:50 AM »
I got a bottle of 12 year DoubleWood as a gift for a friend, but our NC prices are kinda steep. I'll drift across the line into SC and see if I can get it for $10-20 less. Out the door in NC was 70 beans.

The Pub / Shipping Unshippables
« on: December 12, 2015, 01:22:01 PM »
Which is better currently for shipping things which might not exactly meet policy, FedEx or UPS? Things like yeast samples which may have been legally distilled?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pre-boil volume
« on: December 11, 2015, 11:41:05 AM »
Too many variables to be able to offer a precise answer. I'd suggest you take your pot and put in 1.5 gallons or water and see where the volume is 60 and 90 minutes later and then adjust your total volume to end up where you want it. That will also give you your boiloff rate for your setup.

Sugars are always conserved meaning whatever sugars end up in the kettle after mash will be there after the boil. You can always add water back to achieve a particular gravity if the post boil gravity is higher than expected.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:17:06 PM »
Picked up a couple of new bottles this week, they will go into the queue.

The first was a Bourbon, Medley's Private Stock 10 Year. Thus far I have really enjoyed the Medley Bros, Old Medley 12 year, and Wathens Bourbon so I am looking forward to this one when it comes around.

Also picked up Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey from Japan. I tried it at a bar recently and it was nicely fruity. Coffey is the type of still, not coffee which is a mistake even the liquor store was making with the description.

Heard an ABC store had Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch which is only about $40, and they brought me a bottle from the back. Was at another in SC and asking about various things and they also had one under the counter so I snagged it as well. Nothing like having three bottles of your favorite!

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 09, 2015, 07:56:11 PM »
I typically find most Single Batch Bourbons are great neat, but I also try them with a cube to see what I prefer. Often when the proof goes 100 or higher they need a chill pill. Some exceptions are George T Stagg and Stagg Jr. Despite high alcohol levels they drink mighty fine neat. Occasionally I find one I don't like neat and which does not seem to improve with the cube. The Old Forester 1897 is 100 proof and I don't particularly like it neat, nor with a cube. Still seems hot even with the ice melt. I'll give it a few more tries, but it may become a Bourbon I use for mixed drinks.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 09, 2015, 02:37:33 PM »
I go 3/4 of the way up the cube and it lasts for two pours. Anything higher and I seem to go to sleep earlier than planned. ;)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 09, 2015, 01:54:06 PM »
Since it was brought up I use primarily is a 13 ounce glass I got as a set from Target:

I make 6 cubes at a time in these:

This is how it typically looks in my glass:

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