The BBC should be able to pull it off. They manage to have shows about lambing and a competition program about gardening.
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Just get the freshest and best coffee beans on the planet, and a very good grinder. Then you can make fabulous coffee with your grandmother's stockings.
I agree the coffee makes all the difference. However the preparation is also important. I like espresso but it hasn't replaced my simple single cup hand pour. That makes the best coffee for my tastes. I like the Aeropress but think the hand pour is still better. I'm not a big fan of the flavor of press pot coffee but will drink it that way from to time (used to be my go to preference.)
Anything is better than preground nasty hotel coffee.
The fact that it's a hobby helps to offset the costs of equipment while the reward of the hobby is high quality beer for less.
I would "proof" it by hydrating and seeing if it foams. If so, fire away.
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If you want to experience astringency go to your local well stocked bar and ask for a taste of Campari. Now here's where it get's tricky. Ignore the smell, appearance, and taste and just think about the sensations as you drink it and afterwards on your palate. It will not take much unless you are Italian in which case you probably had it on your pacifier as a child.
bad sanitation at bottling.
Interesting. How do you know that's one of the problems?
I don't know why but very often when I drink relatively low quality homebrews, I taste astringency and some phenolic off-flavors that I can't describe very accurately.