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Mead making

I mentioned making mead a bit ago - I put it into the carboy on 01-Feb. It’ll be time to put it in individual bottles in a week or so. Involuntarily tasted a little while starting the siphon – tasted like a very fizzy honey beer. We’ll see where we are in a week.

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Written by Ry Jones

10 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Alcohol

Mead making

I kickstarted the Mead Magic kit for no good reason – I like mead well enough, but I’ve not had much interest in making it. So far I’m a few days into the first stage, and the airlock is bubbling along. Pretty cool.

Written by Ry Jones

5 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Alcohol

Private liquor

Oregon is now arguing about how to sell distilled alcohol. I don’t know if Washington’s push to get the state out of liquor retailing is a success or not – or how you’d even measure that – but at the end of the day, anything that takes power directly out of the hands of the state is something I support.

In other news, untaxed alcohol tests much better than taxed alcohol, so if you are able to get some, I suggest a dram in one hand and a fist, middle finger extended, in the direction of Washington DC for the other.

Written by Ry Jones

10 January 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Alcohol, Politics

1914 PBF revolver

Picked up a strange revolver today – 4.5 shots (?!)

Revolver

They had a 4.5 shot 1911, too, so why not?

1911

Written by Ry Jones

23 March 2013 at 17:39

Posted in Alcohol, Shooting Stuff

My hero

The Punisher hits cars that cut him off.

Written by Ry Jones

27 February 2013 at 10:21

Posted in Alcohol

As rum is something I wish to sell

I’ve been watching rum marketing, which is to say, youtubing rum ads. I still love Bundaberg’s “top shelf thinking” campaign; it’s hard to differentiate your brand, but blowing up animals is one way to do so.

Written by Ry Jones

1 October 2012 at 21:40

Posted in Alcohol

Tour continued

Went to two distilleries today, Woodinville Whiskey Company and Sound Spirits; what a contrast! WWC looks to be the type of outfit I would aspire to own: technical, controlled, everything locked down. It helps that the associate distiller is a High Power competitor (this is what bill boarding for high-end firearms products gets you; I’m sure a Lorcin hat would attract attention, but a LaRue or Gemtech hat attracts better attention), as well as highly knowledgeable about distilling. They’re vertically integrated and produce high-quality spirits.

Sound Spirits is a much lower volume place; they produce gin and aquavit, as well as some liqueurs and vodka. It’s also way more laid-back, and is probably the type of place I’d enjoy working for. It’s nice to have a distillery cat to keep the rodentia down (being near the water does have downsides), but I don’t know if telling people on a tour that’s the cat’s job is wise. That said, it’s also the type of operation I could probably fund. Small, batch process.

I will point out that I picked up a couple bottles from Sound Spirits, and I skipped WWC. None of the spirits from WWC appealed to me, even if the miles of polished copper tubing did.

Written by Ry Jones

29 September 2012 at 19:24

Posted in Alcohol

In a strange coincidence

Barron visited the Dry Fly Distillery in Spokane; last weekend, by chance, I visited Eastside Distilling in Portland. Nial invited us to dinner & drinks with Lenny Gotter (owner, Eastside Distilling) so we got to talk shop for a few hours of Tiki lifestyle (did you know it’s a lifestyle? I didn’t.) Sampling spirit-to-be right from the still (in about 1 milliliter samples), watching the Coffee Rum being made (I picked up two bottles, and it’s quite good), sampling the soon-to-be-released yet-unknown-to-the-world spirits (I promised not to tell, sorry, but it’s quite nice) put some strange ideas in my mind. Fortunately, nobody I know has tried to talk me out of such silliness, so it’s full boil ahead. Full steam ahead. Whatever. Busy planning distillery tours.

Coffee Rum

 

Coffee Rum from Eastside Distilling

Written by Ry Jones

29 September 2012 at 12:41

Posted in Alcohol

Get with the program

Went to a federal government website to apply for a permit. Webpage was totally useless in Chrome and Firefox. Sort-of works in IE9. Loaded a VM and it works fine in IE7. Yarrr

Written by Ry Jones

25 September 2012 at 17:30

Posted in Alcohol

It was hops

Sam Adams had all the hops futures. The did two lotteries in 2008 to help with the failed crop. Dammit.

Written by Ry Jones

3 September 2012 at 12:36

Posted in Alcohol

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