naturalisation? nein danke

Happy eight year anniversary, Germany. We could officially get hitched, y’know. One of your conditions would be that I dump Canada and Hong Kong, which I’d never do. I used to think this was a bit of a pity; every time I stood in line at immigration at a European airport I salivated at the thought of a red passport.Read More »

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i failed my road test (praktische prüfung)

I had an acutely crappy day today. Acutely crappy days are pretty rare for me; more often I feel a vague sense of anxiety, restlessness, dissatisfaction, unfulfilment, or even ennui, but only once in a while does something specific happen that adds a focused type of anger, disappointment, frustration, confusion or helplessness to the general unhappiness. Today was one of those days: today I failed my road test.Read More »

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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