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The Degradation of Chow / Buzzfeed Ripoff

Harsh? Maybe. It's how I feel.

And I'm not posting anonymously. The contact info in my public profile can easily be mapped to my full real name.

about 14 hours ago
davis_sq_pro in Site Talk

The Degradation of Chow / Buzzfeed Ripoff

These pieces are idiotic and the "hipper than thou" tone is insulting and off-putting.

Chow, please dismiss Susannah Chen, go find a real writer, and bring back some actual content*. This garbage has got to be taken out.

* John Birdsall's occasional pieces are totally acceptable. Everyone else currently writing "articles" for this site is a hack at best.

about 15 hours ago
davis_sq_pro in Site Talk

12 Alt-Milks for Today's Alt-Bros

I hate these fucking listicles. Are you capable of writing content with any level of depth?

about 15 hours ago
davis_sq_pro in Features

ISO Lemon Hart 151 rum

Kappy's on Route 1 has it -- or at least had it a couple of weeks ago when I last visited. Might want to call and confirm that it's in stock. If not they can order it for you. In my experience they've been very responsive about that kind of thing.

General Tso's Chicken??

Wouldn't that be General Tzu's Chicken?

General Tso's Chicken??

I always loved the General Tsingtao Chicken. Maybe it's the beer talking.

Liquid Cocaine

Kewl!

Oct 12, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Recipes

Hard Cider - Made at home

Yeah, I used to drink it early too, when I first started. But after I ramped up from one 5gal batch to two and then three, I wasn't able to drink them as quickly, and noticed just how much better it gets if you let it age. So now I wait -- which is no big deal, once you get two years into the pattern. First one is tough, though!

Oct 09, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Hard Cider - Made at home

"Anyone make their own?"

Yes--I've made two or three 5-gallon batches almost every year for the past 20 or so. Happy to share tips, but my process isn't very complicated. To the contrary, I've tried all sorts of things but the best ciders I've made have been the simplest.

5.5 gallons of high quality raw or pasteurized cider (watch out for sulfites! They will kill your yeast), preferably made with a large percentage of tart apples, 4 lbs of raw sugar (demarara, turbinado, or whatever).

I've tried a number of different types of yeast: wine, champagne, and even some that claimed to be specifically for cider, but my best results have always come from ale yeasts. Safale S04 or Safbrew T58 are my favorites right now. I also have had good luck with Red Star "Premier Cuvee" wine yeast, which ferments dry but not bone dry like a champagne yeast would.

Process: Combine cider and sugar in a 6.5-gallon carboy. Mix well. Pitch your yeast, apply an airlock, put it in a cool place, and let it sit for six or seven months. Then rack it off the lees into a 5-gallon carboy, and let it sit for at least another year. Then, ideally, keg it, force carbonate, and enjoy. Otherwise, add a bit more sugar and bottle it. (Look online for the amount. You want only a bit so the resultant cider has light carbonation.)

I've never used a barrel and would be wary of an old one. You don't know what kind of bacterium are lurking in the cracks and seams.

Oh and this is probably the wrong forum here on Chow for this discussion but I don't care...

Oct 09, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Whiskies for Fall

I saw it online, priced 3x higher than the Green Spot. So I know it can be procured, but I'm not sure I want it that badly!

Oct 09, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

The craft cocktail craze has jumped the shark

I don't understand what you made, given that list of ingredients. Can you share what you put together? (And explain how those subs work? Where does Campari fit here? I assume Becherovka for the genepy?)

Oct 09, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

The latest snake oil for "aging" whiskey?

Right, that's why mini-barrel aging works so well. Oh wait, it doesn't work at all.

You win, it's snake oil.

Oct 09, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Best New Mixologists

There is such a thing as a prominent criminal defense lawyer?!? What is this world coming to?

Oct 09, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Whiskies for Fall

Thirded!

Try the Yellow Spot yet? I've been considering it but it's a bit pricey.

Oct 09, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

The latest snake oil for "aging" whiskey?

Read carefully:

"Just pick out the element you wish your favorite whiskey had – whether that be oaky, vanilla, maple, smokey, peaty, or whatever we come up with next – add that element to your whiskey, and enjoy your completely unique barrel-aged taste tomorrow."

This product *ADDS* flavor. It does not claim to change or subtract anything (i.e. fusel oils, acids, esters, phenols, tannins, and other stuff that breaks down and/or changes during aging.)

So it's not snake oil, I guess. Although the unstated implication seems to be that you'll get an aging effect. I hope not too many people buy into this. Do you really want a whiskey with way too much vanilla or cinnamon? Go buy a bottle of vanilla extract, a bottle of Fireball, some Jack Daniels, and do your own blend...

Oct 09, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

The craft cocktail craze has jumped the shark

Thanks, Yarm! I must have mixed up the glass with something else I had that night. But I do recall really, really enjoying the drink. Looking forward to playing with it at home.

@EvergreenDan I don't think one cm in a dropper is that much. 5-6 drops, max? Against some very strong flavors and aromas, plus the salt...

Oct 09, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

The craft cocktail craze has jumped the shark

I think there's some guy called Yarm who works in a pretty solid bar in a restaurant :-)

Speaking of which, I had a great drink there recently, which I believe was called "A Boy and His Dog" or something along those lines. Batavia Arrack, grapefruit, and I can't quite recall what else, served over a large ice cube. Can you share the recipe?

Oct 08, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

The craft cocktail craze has jumped the shark

Didn't you start this same thread five years ago?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594000

Oct 08, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Top 10 travel retail (duty free) spirits brands

So is it actually ever cheaper to buy duty free? Every time I visit one I feel like I can get much better prices at the liquor stores near my house. The only time I'll pick something up is headed out of the US, if I need a last-minute gift for someone wherever I'm headed ...

Oct 07, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

The Myth of the Secret Recipe

@happybaker

It's the magic of hard work ... and quite possibly the 10,000 hour rule :-)

Oct 05, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features
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8 Fall Beers to Curl Up With

Because they hate you.

Oct 04, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

$7 a glass is perfectly acceptable; maybe even on the cheap side for nice glassware. $60/glass, not so much :-)

Although it does exist! Riedel has, for example, its hand blown line. I think I'd be afraid to even touch the glasses, let alone clean them.

Oct 01, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

~$60 ... It's a set of 6. :-)

Sep 30, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

We're living in post-Supersize America :-)

Sep 29, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits
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A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

You've omitted the 30-40% dilution ratio that's expected for a properly mixed drink, which would put it up to, let's say, ~4oz. It's likely that these places don't properly dilute, so the 7.5oz martini is really just a double... As for the regular-sized one? Hopefully they have some rooms to let!

Sep 29, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Liquid Cocaine

Did you actually try it? Do you even have all of the ingredients?

Sep 28, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Recipes

Chow stoops ever lower for clicks

That was always the title of the actual article:

http://www.chow.com/food-news/154148/...

... that's why I thought it odd that they'd put a caption about gay marriage on the image. It's just moronic clickbait.

Real Recipes from Roald Dahl’s Beloved Children’s Books

I just looked at the TOC and I am EXTREMELY disappointed that they forgot to include the recipe for the medicine to make grandma grow 20 feet tall. *sigh*

7 Times Olive Garden's Breadsticks Won

This is the worst drivel ever posted on this site. And I do mean ever.

Sep 23, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

Donuts!

Congdon's! The apple fritter there is basically the best thing ever.