ITT: Barware, Cocktail Accessories, Bitters, etc.

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Piobaire, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Can't remember what I did not like about the Campari but just remember really, really not liking it. I still have a bottle...maybe I will take a taste later today and remember why I disliked it.
     


  2. CBrown85

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    It's heavy on the chinotto. Acquired taste.
     


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    Re: the ice discussion..
    So, my newest batch. I boiled it twice (;)). However, it also has like no minerals at all. So I'm not sure what caused the clarity. Anyway. 2/3-3/4 of the cube are clear. Then there's one heavy milky part and some veins. Looks quite fun actually. But has anyone an idea what could cause this? I'm not sure, but I guess it's the part that was close to the other "cube molds" in the tray so that part cooled slower.. or maybe the opposite, i.e. the edge part that frosted more quickly (would make more sense actually).

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  4. Dean Keaton

    Dean Keaton Well-Known Member

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    Concerning this:

    Actually, what makes the ice white isn't the minerals but the oxygen. Even if you boil the water 5 times it still doesn't matter, because oxygen desolves in H20 at room temperature too.

    I have done extensive research on the internet, and I have obtained the best results with "directional freezing". Ice freezes from the outside to the inside - that's why most of the ice cubes are cloudy in the middle. The oxygen is trapped inside the ice cube.

    You can avoid it though by using "directional freezing" I mentioned. What you do is insulating the container on all the sides except the top. This way the ice freezes gradually from top to bottom and it is really clear, somehow all the oxygen gets pushed down. You have a perfectly clear ice block

    This video illustrates one of the ways you could do it. You don't have to use the foam, but an igloo cooler or anything else that has the insulating capabilities. For me it proved to be the definitve method, and it is relatively simple. This guy says not to freeze all of it, but stop the process 3/4 through to prevent the water from expanding. I don't know what happens if you freeze all of it? Maybe you just cut off the cloudy bottom, I have to check this.

    The only hassle is with cutting the ice block in the smaller cubes, but at least this way you obtain bigger ones which is beneficial for your cocktails. And forget the boiling or filtering, I do it with tap water and it works every time.

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  5. b1os

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    Is that guy seriously rubbing the ice all over the place in his sink? :uhoh:

    I think we came to the conclusion that it's the trapped O. So no boiling, alright. Will see what I can manage to do regarding isolation..
     
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    I tried it and the cubes came out exactly like b10s'. Looks like we've even got the same cube tray.
     


  7. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    My (in eleven days) wife gift registered us, G-d knows why, for six $60.00 old fashioned glasses. WTF. An even bigger WTF is that someone actually bought them for us. So now I have to report to the State that I received a gift of six $60.00 old fashioned glasses and that will be public record. I hope that doesn't come back to bite me someday. Also got four Waterford tumblers, some Tiffany champagne flutes, and some Tom Collins' glasses. I don't know where the hell I'm going to display all this shit.
     
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  8. b1os

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    I'm sorry man. Definitely better ways to spend money on than 60$ glasses (for the beginning at least). You'll have to pay for it all, right?
     
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  9. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Send it to me.
     


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    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    I only have to pay for it if it comes from a lobbyist, which these thankfully didn't. There are a few other gifts that did come from lobbyists that I have to pay for. Which is tedious. I have to find out if it was on sale, if it was, I have to pay full price. I managed to return two of them, but sent out checks for the other two.

    The rules are ridiculous, but given that I'm responsible for enforcing the rules at my Agency, I have to follow the law to the letter. I also have to report any gift from a non-relative (at the time the gift was given) that is valued at over $100. A pain in the ass, but it does help reduce blatant corruption among public officials.
     
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    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    Can we work out a trade? Perhaps four quarterly installments of meat valued at $99.00?
     


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    Give me your address--I've got a $150 power-dildo to give you.
     


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    Oh, ok. Well, then enjoy the glasses. And don't you dare dropping them! ;)

    Well, can't you just say those six glasses were six gifts à 60$ and therefore not to be reported? Or are there specific rules, like all gifts from the same person in between 24 hours accumulate to one gift? :laugh:
     
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    Where in heaven's name are you registered?
     


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    Target and a "high-end" department store. Gets me angry just discussing. So much wasted money. If it were up to me, we'd drink everything out of plastic Tampa Bay Devil Rays cups and use the money to pay back Sallie Mae.
     


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