Food hacking links

One day, I'll find a drink interesting enough to get me to buy a bottle of Cynar:

Salt and cocktails:

Smoke and cocktails:

Useful ratios for cooking:

Graham crackers, disguised as homemade cinnamon toast crunch:

Foodie dice:

Food (and drink) link roundup. Mostly Drink.

Epic molecular mixology:

Hot-and-cold Gin Fizz from El Bulli:

GoodBooze comes out with an entire section on gin:


The make-your-own list:

Make your own bitters from this recipe database:

Tasty Ideas: Blog link roundup

Social kitchen brings us an intriguing tea biscuit tweak:

GoodBooze brings some spring cocktail ideas - this one, with strawberries and fizzy wine: and this one, with beer syrup (!)

Thirty Second Infusions

Dave Arnold just leveled me up with his article, Infusion Profusion: Game-Changing Fast ‘N Cheap Technique, which uses a iSi N2O powered cream whipper to infuse anything into anything in ~1 minute. I will have to try this...

A History or Capitol Hill Brewing

The Hill is Home unearths drawings and adverts from the "Washington Brewery Company", which pairs well with WeLoveDC's coverage of a new local brewery.

On the original Washington Brewery Company:

Brewing: Lemon Spice Beer

Bottled today in preparation for the worst that the DC summer can throw at us - a wheat beer with tons of lemon and spice (cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of ginger).

The Sping Bock turned out OK - nothing mindbending, but a good solid beer.

On Tap: SpringBock

My late spring brew for the 2010 was a simple bock ("Spring Bock") It ended up pretty strong, so I also nicknamed it Jumpgoat. It's a pun. Look a the label. It is decent, and tastes like a good, cask-conditioned bock. Which is good, but nothing terribly exciting.

Next up: a spiced lemon wheat beer for mid/late summer.

Sping Bock

Tapped: Equinox Red Ale

The first beer of 2010 was an Irish style Red Ale dubbed "Equinox" for its balance. It was strong without being heavy and hoppy without being too bitter. Unfortunately, it's tapped out now.

Beer Label - Equinox

Brewing Schedule

I'm beginning to plan out my beer brewing and bottling schedule for the year. On tap (sorry) for 2010:

Early Spring: Irish Red
Late Spring: SpingBo(c)k
Early Summer: Lemon Spice
Late Summer: West Coast Pale Ale
Early Fall: Pumpkin Lager
Late Fall: Coffee Stout
Early Winter: Cranberry (?)

On Beer

Winter Drink Edition

My fall/winter pumpkin porter turned out well, and at our Xmas Eve party last night we also served Jamaican Sorrel (a hibiscus, ginger, and lemon rum punch), mulled wine, hot cider, and egg nog. The local blogs have been featuring other, more innovative winter/holiday libations available at our local bars:

DC Octoberfest and Beer notes

DC has been abuzz with exciting beer news and upates

DC might be getting a German style beer garden? on H St. :

End of Summer Brew: Boysenberry Wheat Ale

Brewed a wheat ale with boysenberries for my end-of-summer brew. It started out tasting pretty wretched after the first 2 weeks of bottle-aging, but another week in and it's showing some good flavors, and less yeasty. I'm hopeful it will continue to mellow out in the next 2-3 weeks.

Also, I brewed an Octoberfest-style bock with a 1/2 cup of coffee and some brown sugar in the wort -- it'll be at least a month before that concoction is drinkable, but I have high hopes.

Boysenberry Brew Label

August Beer: Czech Pilz

Bottled this weekend was the previously-mentioned Pilz. The West Coast Pale Ale was a resounding success; one of the cleaner, most balanced (sweet, light, hoppy) beers I've made in a while.

To be fair, I try to brew stuff that's not available in stores, like Pumpkin porter (a repeat favorite, coming in late October), and Coffee Bock (a new recipe for my annual Octoberfest bock).

Czech Pilsner

Early Summer Beer

The first day of summer will also be the first day for drinkability of my West Coast style Pale Ale. I'd confused myself as to what I had brewing, so the Pilz has to wait for full-on summertime. I'll get a label done for this soon (ish)

West Coast Pale Ale

July Beer: Czech Pilsner

Ooops I got ahead of myself here, up next is actually a pale ale for early summer; the pilz should show up in July.

The early-summer seasonal beer and follow-on to the Kolsch is a Czech Pilsner.

You beer history lesson is that Pilz is the result of repeated failure with standard ale-style brewing in Pilsen, Bohemia. Fed up with their traditional technique, they (purportedly) smuggled yeast from a Bavarian monastery and hired Josef Groll to bring bottom-fermented beer to Pilsen. Combining that style with locally available Saaz noble hops and you get Pilsner, which was first served on 11 November 1842. In gratitude of Groll's contributions to the beer world he was then fired.

I should be bottling the Pilz as soon as I have enough empties from the Kolsch to fit it.

Czech Pilsner

Beer Brewing: Kolsch

Kolsch The first brew of the season was a leftover from fall, a relatively dark Vienna Lager. I added some extra honey to sweeten it up a bit. It turned out as an excellent beer for a crisp autumn day, but was drinkable in the early spring as well.

Carbonating and conditioning right now is Kolsch, an ale that masquerades as a lager, native to Cologne. It has a mild aroma of dried banana (seriously), and took quite a while to get ready for bottling, so I'm hopeful for a complex taste.

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