homemade whisk(e)y

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 © Bell’s Whisky

[UPDATE] According to a new law as of 1/1/18, it’s not legal in Germany :(

A friend planted the idea in my head (right before we watched Inception together, coincidentally) that the ingredients for whisky are similar to beer – same minus hops. An evening of googling later and I’m convinced I can manage to make homemade whisky. I found out that it is…

  • Legal: It’s legal in Germany up to 500 mL
  • Safe: Home distilled liquor (commonly known as moonshine) is correctly infamous for making you go blind. This is due to methanol, which is poisonous. Methanol is produced from yeast fermentation of pectin, which is found in fruits. However, whisky is made from grains and, like beer, produces little to no methanol.
  • Easy: Freeze distillation is the same process used to make Eisbock, where the temperature of the wash (the whisky word for wort) is lowered until the water turns into a solid and can be scooped out. No need to mess around with vapours.
  • Cheap: No need to buy a still (the pipe thing you’d need to channel alcohol vapours up and get them to condense) because of freeze distillation. No need to buy an oak cask (pointless anyway at this tiny volume); can replicate effect with oak chips.

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checkpoint lütten klein, for persons (not) of a certain colour

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Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) and Maude Dowley/Lewis (Sally Hawkins) in Maudie

Men are in need of improvement. This opinion is surely shared by all women. How many times have I heard female friends speak – only half in jest – of their boyfriends, partners and husbands as if they were pets to be trained, or as another ‘child’ in the house, or as projects? Inherent in this approach is the idea that the man is currently not meeting (her) expectations. And how many times have I heard that the girlfriend/partner/wife is the best thing that’s happened to him, that she straightened him out, that she tamed and domesticated him? And how many times more have I myself wished for certain underdeveloped, socially inept men to find a partner who would teach him and improve him so that I no longer had to interact with a Neanderthal?Read More »

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beer oscars 2017

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Best overall: Potsdamer Stange
Like a creamy breakfast cereal smoothie, this part-wheat organic Zwickel/Kellerbier was unlike any beer I’d hadRead More »