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al-Qa'bong
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posted 29 March 2004 11:59 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In that order?

Home made or boughten?

Any home distillers out there?

How about ganja growers or acid labs? (well, ok, the Federales will be all over you if'n you talk about the latter)


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patrokles
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posted 30 March 2004 01:54 AM      Profile for patrokles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
no home brewing here, but my roommate and i decided to budget what we used to spend eating out and drinking at bars on eating at home and stocking a cabinet and a rack... and after a year of this we have a pretty good thing going on.

and though it depends on the situation, my order of preference is generally wine then beer then spirits.

[conspiratorial whisper]
i WISH i had an acid lab!

i swear, i haven't even heard of good acid for 5 years -- but then again, with acid being the only illicit i'd even bother doing again i don't tend to hang out with the folks in the know about such things.
[/conspiratorial whisper]


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'topherscompy
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posted 30 March 2004 03:22 AM      Profile for 'topherscompy        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
beer, spirits, wine.

homebrew is great when made by someone who knows what they're doing, and shite otherwise. i've had experience with both. (i must admit that my only attempt at diy was about as tasty as a dirty balloon knot)

one friend of mine makes a pretty good pineapple wine, but she won't leak the recipe.

as far as the more illicit of your queries, i did get busted by moms for a grow-op back in the day. neither of my thumbs are any shade of green these days though.

but i think the sid lab at 123 fake st. is still up and running. never by there much, so i'm not too sure. never used that stuff anyway.


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Tommy Shanks
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posted 30 March 2004 02:14 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Beer, wine, then spirits.

My dad has made beer before. It has ranged from sorta appley-ok to down-right horrid (this weird hybrid of under-carbonated mexican-style and dark beer. And I don't mean like Negro Mondalo but more akin to a warm Corona with a handful of mud stirred in).

Both him and my FIL make some excellent wine, with my FIL tending toward more berry wines and exotic mixes. We just had a fantastic bottle of 6-year-old blueberry wine he made with berries he picked near Holyrood outside St.John's.


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Michelle
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posted 30 March 2004 02:22 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Spirits, then wine. No beer. I really hate the taste of it.
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Bacchus
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posted 30 March 2004 03:03 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Spirits!

I make really good liquers (and even vanilla extract)

I make a spectaculr cinnamon liquer, ginger liquer and cinnamon/ginger liquer. I even make a herbal viagra liquer which im told was very good (couldnt stand the taste myself)

[ 30 March 2004: Message edited by: Bacchus ]


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Briguy
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posted 30 March 2004 03:14 PM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Depends on the situation:

Dinner at home with roomie?
Wine, maybe beer.

At a pub after work on Friday?
Beer. Kilkenny, Garrison Red or Brown, Propellor Bitter, or a taste-testing excursion.

Having a par-T with friends and friends of friends?
Spirits. Tequila margharitas (thus the blender in my kitchen) or dark and stormies. Dark and choppies if no ginger beer is available.


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lagatta
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posted 30 March 2004 03:31 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm very fond of wine - wish I had the wherewithal to explore the world of wine more (I don't just mean buying the stuff, but travelling to where it is made) A friend and I used to make our wine, but both of us moved to smaller flats so it was really too much of a mess and the touries took up too much space (I don't mean we were producing a lot, just that our flats are small and full of books, etc.)

I do like the taste of some beers but don't like the feeling a beer, even one, gives me, I feel full and bloated. Even on real beer that does conform to the purity laws. I'm not especially fond of strong spirits, and don't react well to them, even in moderation, but I guess like anything it is a question of habit. I have tasted some excellent brandies and single-malt scotches, but once again that is very, very pricey stuff.

The love of wine derives from a love of cooking, and of travel.

I'm also fond of good cider. Some fine ciders are made in Québec now, harking back to the Normand and Breton origins of much of our population. But I do remember some most dubious ciders that were sold at dépanneurs in the 1970s, that had most deleterious effects...

Michelle, a beer-hating German? Sounds like one of those "self-haters" to me! To the couch with Sigmund, sehr schnell!

Hmm, but then Viennese bring COFFEE to mind ...


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Michelle
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posted 30 March 2004 03:59 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by lagatta:
Michelle, a beer-hating German? Sounds like one of those "self-haters" to me! To the couch with Sigmund, sehr schnell!

I know, I was just thinking to myself that I don't make a very good hoser OR kraut.


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Gentlebreeze
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posted 30 March 2004 05:07 PM      Profile for Gentlebreeze     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wine, beer, spirits.

I've made red wine once (not bad, but not great either), and I'v been making mead for 4 years now. So far it has gone really well, having made a good batch of sack mead and an excellent light/sparkling mead. I do love honey...

As for the more illicit stuff, I've tried growing pot once, and grew a few pounds worth of fantastic mushrooms a couple of years ago. I would most likely not do either again, but they were a good deal of fun at the time.

I've always had a passion for having a personal connection with my food/drink/ and other entertainment. I'm sure its in my mind, but it just tastes better. Plus you have the added bonus of knowing what you are putting in your mouth.

[ 30 March 2004: Message edited by: Gentlebreeze ]


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