Best dining drinkware according to redditors
We found 9,230 Reddit comments discussing the best dining drinkware. We ranked the 4,895 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.
1. Private Preserve Wine Preservation System | 100% Green Gas Based | Suitable for all Wine, Port, Sake, Cognac, Whiskey, Fine Oil and Vinegar
FRESHNESS PRESERVATION: Removes all of the oxygen from an open bottle, keeping the wine oxidation-free, allowing the wine to maintain its bouquetSAFE AND SIMPLE: System uses 100% inert gas (non-toxic,) a balanced mixture of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and argon to remove all of the oxygen from your ope...
2. Adagio Teas ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispensing Teapot,clear,16 oz
Great for the office or when traveling, this innovative teapot releases infused tea directly into a drinking cupWhen tea is ready, simply place over cup and tea will drain from bottomA mesh filter retains all the leaves with one of the best infusers on the marketDishwasher safe, the teapot is made i...
3. Hario Cha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot, 700ml, glass
Ease of use TeapotLarge tea strainer allows the tea leaves to expand easilyHeatproof glass that has been heat treated to resist shattering700 ml CapacityDishwasher and heat safe
4. Beer & Soda Guzzler Helmet - Drinking Hat By EZ Drinker (Red)
Beer and Soda Drinking HelmetHolds 2 BeveragesOne Size Fits Most IndividualsYellow ColorBy EZ Drinker
5. Norpro Glazed Stoneware Butter Keeper
Measures 3.5" / 9cm in diameter and stands 4" / 10cm tall.A butter lover's dream! Once you start using this Butter Keeper, you won't settle for hard butter again!Holding up to 1 stick of butter, the water in the base seals out air to keep the butter soft, sweet and spreadable for up to 30 days - wit...
6. Forum Novelties 52943 Double Sided Binocular Flask
1 piece per package.
7. BigMouth Inc. The Original Toilet Mug – Hilarious 12 oz Ceramic Coffee Cup in the Shape of a Toilet – Perfect for Home or Office, Makes a Great Gag Gift for All Ages
HILARIOUS COFFEE MUG: Watching someone drink from BigMouth Inc’s The Original Toilet Coffee Mug is guaranteed to crack a smile. This 12 oz coffee mug is a hilarious way to start your day!PERFECT FOR HOME OR OFFICE: This silly toilet-shaped mug will make your co-workers do a double take. It is a pe...
8. Fred DOOMED Crystal Skull Shotglass
Holds 2.5 ouncesHand blown crystal clear borosilicate glassIndividually packaged in a colorful giftbox.Fun and Easy to useFun and easy to use
9. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Disappearing Dino Mug - Heat Sensitive Color Changing Coffee Mug - Add Hot Liquid and Watch Dinosaurs Turn to Fossils
Thanks to this clever Disappearing Dino Mug you can watch eons pass before your eyes over a cup of coffee.When you pour in a hot beverage, the dinosaurs transform into fossils in a museum exhibition.Disappearing mugs are not dishwasher safe but are microwave safe.Large mug, holds 12 oz.
10. Glencairn Whisky Glass Set of 4
Transparent, lustrous crystalWinner of the 2006 Queen’s Award for InnovationShort, elegant base standLead-freeHailed as - The Official Whiskey Glass
11. Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage & Wine Chiller, Silver
Electric machine chills cans in 1 minute and wine bottles in 6 minutesBeverages rotate while being sprayed with ice water; also heats baby bottlesAutomatic touchpad features preset times, extra-chill setting, and add-ice indicator lightRemovable lid for long wine bottles; no-spin option; auto-off wh...
12. Spiegelau 2-Pack Beer Classics IPA Glass, 19-Ounce
Set of 2 glasses designed especially for IPAEach glass has a 19-ounce capacityDishwasher-safeBy Spiegelau- the Class of GlassBeautiful addition to your barware or the perfect gift
13. Igloo 10 Gal Orange Seat Top Cooler w/Cup Dispense
Double loops on lid allow it to be secured to handles on both sides for added water securityLarge-button spigot that will be easier to use for both gloved and smaller handsRecessed and Angled drip-resistant spigot for easy dispensingReinforced comfort-grip handles for improved strength, comfortable ...
14. Plastic Squeeze Condiment Bottles with Red Tip Cap 16-ounce Set of 6 Wide Mouth by Pinnacle Mercantile …
LOOKING FOR A SET OF MULTIPURPOSE PLASTIC SQUEEZE BOTTLES? Our premium condiment squeeze bottles are designed to help you store and squirt all your favorite salsas, dressings or condiments on your dishes with ease! Great for crafting too!FILL THEM UP & WASH THEM EFFORTLESSLY thanks to the larger 1 1...
15. Aladdin Perfect Cup Tea Infuser 12oz, Chai
Brew and enjoy hot beverages on the goWorks with loose tea, tea bags and coarse ground coffeeLeak-resistant flip lidDishwasher & microwave safeCar-cup friendly & BPA-free
16. Freedom Flask
Hidden flask for sporting events and concerts. Take your booze anywhere you chooze.
17. Stolzle Glencairn Whiskey Glass
Whiskey tasting glasses100% lead free crystalTop rack dishwasher safe6.5-ounce capacity
18. GoPong Hidden Sunscreen Alcohol Flask, 2 Secret 8oz Suntan Booze Bottles, Smuggle Liquor for Cruises, Concerts, Dorms and Games
WORKS LIKE A CHARM: Includes 2 convincing sunscreen flasks that hold 8oz each10 SHOTS TOTAL: Perfect for day drinking with your friends at the pool, festivals, sporting events, cruises, golf courses, and more!UNIQUE DESIGNS: SPF 15 and SPF 30 sunscreen designs to easily to fool security so you can t...
19. DCI XL Wine Glass, Holds a Whole Bottle of Wine
Forget the phrase “pour me a glass of wine,” this huge wine glass can hold an entire bottle, up to 750ml—and no, that’s not the wine talking!Made of high quality glass, this hand-crafted wine glass measuring over 9" tall and 3.5" wide is recommended to be hand washedThe extra large wine glas...
20. EMSA 504843 City Cup Insulated Drinking Cup, 0.2 litres, Translucent red
Good to go - stylish practical drinking cup for hot and cold drinks on the movePerfect for use with automatic coffee machinesSoft touch outer, stainless steel inner, seal tight cap with sip spoutRobust, handy, guaranteed for 2 yearsContents: 1 portable drinking cup, 0.2 litres, translucent red
I have the same approach with wine. Which is why I'm buying this
Oh man. Brace yourselves, I am a total Amazon junkie. (Note: These may not all be BIFL, but I'm responding to the OP in specific.)
And, saving the best for last:
EDIT: As requested by /u/Mogrix, I posted List Part II: Electric Boogaloo, with more items from my Amazon history.
Friend, there are better solutions that dont risk your laptop
Oh my god this is gonna be fun.
One. Lose your rope. All the time.
Two. Forget to put on your nomex.
Three. Show up late.
Five. While hungover.
Six. Talk back to the instructor.
Seven. Be afraid of heights.
Eight. Be afraid of water.
Eight A: Be claustrophobic.
Nine. Refer to the instructor by their first name
Ten. Bring beer to class.
Eleven. Bring enough for everyone.
Twelve. Replace your instructors helmet with this. https://www.amazon.com/EZ-DRINKER-Beer-Guzzler-Helmet/dp/B006CUJXMI
Thirteen. Make sure the beer in the helmet is warm.
Fourteen. Now that you have a cool helmet, wear your instructors helmet.
Fifteen. Fuck with peoples gear.
Sixteen. Fuck with peoples rope.
Seventeen. Belt out “I’m all out of love I’m so lost without you” when the instructor asks you if you know your air supply.
(That one cost me 100 push ups. Worth it.)
Eighteen: Give the instructor a nickname.
Eighteen A: Make sure they hear you.
Nineteen: throw out your textbook you won’t need to read then after the first day.
Twenty. Steal a fire truck.
Twenty one. Steal a fire engine.
Twenty two. Steal a quint.
Twenty three. Steal a squirt.
Twenty four. Steal a tender.
Twenty five. Steal a tanker.
Twenty six. Play keep away with the fat kids par tag
Twenty seven. Remove all gaskets from couplings.
Here for the smart shopper
Maybe have them all change to poo emoji when theres hot liquid inside? This bear market calls for it.
Not to mention this device already exists http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Cooler-Beverage-Chiller-Brushed-Silver/dp/B0000U3CIW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1382899339&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=drink+chiller lazy journalism
Various methods. I wear compression underwear (especially in the cold) something like the Nike pro leggings you see NBA players wear that go all the way down to the ankle like these. Now, when you are sneaking something in you want to make sure it is under your balls in the gooch area. That is generally the only area that doesn't get patted down for obvious reasons. Works best with airplane shooters, 1/4 pints, 1/2 pints. Comfort level in line is about a 2/10 and sometimes stuff slides up your ass crack, but nonetheless, it does work.
Another option is to get something that has a pocket for a cup in the front, like baseball sliders. You slip whatever the desired beverage is in the pocket and proceed through unnoticed. Works best with pint-sized bottles. Comfort level is much higher with this method.
If you really want to go overboard with it you can order these and bring your in your alcohol in plain sight.
When it is super cold and you are all layered up in winter clothing you can easily just utilize hidden pockets on jackets. They pat you down but not that heavy and typically won't feel it. I have also literally put a flask/pint-sized bottle into my hat (like a winter hat) with all my other shit on top of it and just went walking on past them.
The glory of it all is, you are sneaking in alcohol, not drugs. If you get caught its just kind of a slap on the wrist and they take your booze, but they have yet to catch me.
Since I've got no hat but two coupons for WD-40, what about wearing this hat:
With a can of WD-40 on each side?
Paired with Uniqlo OCBD, Chinos, and CDB's.
Because I hate messy links:
And here's on shaped like a skull:
Try throwing some in this direction.
It's no glitch, friend.
If you want to:
You use a tea pot or infuser. Pre-bagged tea is, in general, lower quality than loose leaf. If you absolutely must use the disposable tea bags, you can buy empty ones and fill them yourself.
If you put it in a butter keeper, it's good up to a month.
GO WITH GOD, DOTCOMRADE.
The recipe per request,
I'll start with the hardware. I'm by no means an expert cake decorator, and beyond the class I took in HS years ago haven't decorated a cake before. Aside from the standard baking tools I consider the following essential:
As for the software you will need,
Alright, so the entire process took me two days. You could probably do it in a shorter period of time, but I was in no rush and this was my first cake attempt so I took my time. Here are roughly the steps I took,
That's about the long of it, sorry for the stream of consciousness, typing this from memory, but hope this helps. Good luck - now hit the treadmill :)
Should've told him to put it on the table in front of him and drink it from a straw. :)
Or buy a beer hat
Does a beer can hat count?
This is why I use a butter crock.
A Glencairn Glass
Incognito but not like Richie
Call it tacky but it worked.
Here you go
How about [this]
> I'd have to stop to drink.
Hi! If you want to get into tea, I would reccomend starting by watching Alton Brow's episode on tea here. It's a good background on everything involving tea and tea brewing.
If you have a Peet's Coffee near you, you can go and order mugs of tea (brewed with loose leaf). They will give you free hot water refills so you can drink as much as you can handle. You can find a tea you like without having to commit to a huge container.
I prepare my tea in the morning in a tea pot (I have this one, but I don't like it because it's hard to clean) and pour it into a travel mug.
They make travel mugs that are similar to a frech press (here) where you put the leaves and hot water in and just push down a stopper to stop brewing. I'm really picky about the lids on my travel mugs, so I don't own one.
For resusable tea bags, the most popular style is a [tea ball] (http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Stainless-Steel-Mesh-Ball/dp/B00004RIZ7/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407090137&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=tea+ball) (although the one I linked is a little too small to allow the tea to fully unfold). They are cheap and fairly easy to clean, but you have to be careful where you store them so they don't get bent up.
They also make tea bags for loose leaf tea. These would be easy to pop into your travel mug. You can also find bags made of muslin that can be washed out, but I don't know where you would do that.
Found his binoculars.
New to Tea? New to loose leaf? Let me help.
Hello, new friend. So you've stumbled your way into /r/tea, you probably though this was a subreddit for the Mr. T, but no worries you're here and you're in good hands. We're all tea fiends and we're all eager to share our fifteen minutes of meditation, our hobby and our little slice of heaven. So why should you consider switching from Lipton to something crazy like leaves some Chinese person picked off a tea bush?
So, Where To Start??
^^buy ^^theses ^^teas ^^first!!!!!!!!!!!!
Where | Why?
GoodLife Tea's $7 for 7 Sampler | Free Shipping! (for the sampler) Robb has a fantastic variety of tasty high quality tea important for building up your tea pallet.
Verdant's Five Teas for $5 | Free Shipping! (for the sampler) Again, Verdant sells some premium quality tea. Think of their sampler as a crash course into the rich people's side of tea. But the catch with tea is that it's a lot more affordable than wine could ever hope to be. The sampler is great for building up your tea preferences and giving you a kickstart in the right direction.
Upton Tea | My personal favorite store, they send a nice little paperback catalog every quater. They sell a huge variety of teas, from traditional English Breakfast to Tie-Guan-Yin. Not only that but they sell their teas in different grades meaning you can dabble in what is traditionally an expensive tea by trying a lower quality (but still delicious and tasty) grade of tea. You can find the grade and variety of tea that matches your wallet and taste. They also sell cheap samplers, if you wish you can take $20 and order around 15 samples and see where your cuppa takes you.
Adagio | A personal favorite of /r/tea if you can find a store nearby! But don't fret, most of us buy our tea online so no worries if you're in Kodiak, Alaska and can't get down to an Adagio. They sell nice quality tea, their stores people are incredibly informed and helpful (unlike a certain Starbucks owned tea store). They also have Adagio XL which sells tea in bulk.
Harney & Sons | Amazon Prime Shipping. I love my Amazon account, that's usually by go to place online shopping and being able to two-day ship a simple tin of Harney & Sons tea without the shipping cost is fantastic. They sell lots of teas and they're all very good. Maybe not the premium tea you'll see Chinese diplomats drinking but they in my opinion sell tea that all tastes great.
Coffee Bean Direct | Who knew a place called Coffee Bean Direct* sold tea too? Again, with Amazon Prime Shipping this seems to be the place to buy tea in bulk. They're well reviewed and their tea seems to be good. If you're like me and cold brew ice tea frequently then this might be the best place to pick up some bulkier tea to last you the season.
Crimson Lotus | Owned by a frequenter of /r/tea, Puerh_Lover stocks a great store with lots of neat little stuff. Be warned, he caters to pu'er which is a type of fermented tea pressed into bricks or pellets. In other words this is a special variety of tea that needs special equipment and special knowledge to brew. Don't fret if you're not walking out of /r/tea after a day brewing in a gaiwan.
White2Tea | More lovely pu'er.
Yunnan Sourcing | Again, more pu'er, but also lots of green and white teas too. They sell teaware for good prices too so if you're looking to pick up a traditional china teacup or gaiwan this is a good place to get that.
What-Cha | Another beloved store on /r/tea, but they're pretty pricey at times. But you can always expect good quality tea and a looser wallet from here.
Just How Do You Make Tea?
Traditional Western | Gongfu | Cold Brew
The way you're probably familiar with when it comes to brewing tea, all it requires is a teapot like this one (I highly recommend this teapot). Western or Traditional works well with every kind of tea. It's the universal method of making tea and the best place to start. | This kind of brewing is very specific as it only works with Chinese type teas like pu'er. This method of making tea is hands down the best way to make a Chinese styled tea and does wonders to enhance and bring out the best in the leaves. But this method wont work for a cuppa English Breakfast or Japanese Sencha. To brew Gongfu style you use a gaiwan which is fancy talk for a tiny cup with a lid. The idea behind Gongfu is more leaves, less water and time. You use micro-infusions instead of waiting minutes like Western or hours like Cold Brewing. | Cold Brewing is for those of us who just love iced tea. It's simple to cold brew, a vessel like this will brew a mean pitcher of ice tea. All you have to do is leave the leaves in the filter and wait 5-12 hours for the tea to brew, perfect for leaving overnight. Fair Warning: tea can go bad, the kind of stuff you'd buy at the store has a massive amount of preservatives in it. Keep your cold brewing tea out of the sunlight and don't let it sit for more than 48 hours.
So you're going to need a way to keep your water hot. A stovetop kettle is probably the most accessible and the biggest no brainer out of everything here. A microwave heats water inconsistently, can leave an odd taste if your microwave isn't properly clean, and you really don't have a good way of knowing how hot the water is. Temperature is important. Brewing a cuppa green tea in boiling water will result in a pretty shitty cup of tea, and brewing some black tea in the water appropriate for green tea will result in a disappointing cuppa.
You also have electric kettles like the Cuisinart CPK-17 which is going to cost as much as a decent coffee machine but if tea is your caffeine fix then it might be worth it. The Cuisinart is a variable temperature kettle meaning you just have to press a button and it makes the water the appropriate temperature for whatever kind of tea you're drinking.
Tea | Temperature
Black | 212
Green | 175
White | 190
Oolong | 185
Pu'er | 212
Herbal | 212
** Edit: I updated this list to be a bit more organized and informative. I've been meaning to put together a simple list so expect to see this copied and pasted as newbies arrive! :)
For 100 miles you'll want at least two of these: https://www.amazon.com/Igloo-Gallon-Beverage-dispenser-Dispenser/dp/B000F6SHTK/ref=pd_bxgy_468_2?_encoding=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=XVM0Y4YPMGS0W6SG53RN
In seriousness, it depends on the trail. If you have an idea of where the water sources are and what condition they are in, you can plan to carry just as much as you'll need each time you fill up.
This has been my go-to for a few years now. Makes the best cup of tea I've ever had.
If you're really concerned with oxidation, I'd just pick up a bottle of this.
It takes quite a bit of effort to oxidize mead while racking. Just to give you an idea, we "rack" our meads with a large pump at the rate of several tens of gallons per minute (and at this point in time there is also a fair amount of off-gassing of dissolved CO2). I recommend you invest in a sterile siphon starter. You should try and plan on having enough mead going into secondary to fill whatever secondary/tertiary vessel you have well into the shoulder/neck (to minimize oxidation at the mead/air interface). If you don't quite have enough mead, you can add sanitized glass marbles or you can 'jacket' the mead with a layer of CO2 if you have a tank (if you've force carbonated a beer before, or something). Another (cheaper) option is to buy a can of wine preserver, which is a mixture of argon, CO2, nitrogen, etc (non-oxygen gases). The can is very light, and most people think the can is empty when they buy it - it is not. It comes with a WD-40-style straw and instructions for how to use it - but you could use it to jacket a carboy just like a user of a CO2 tank.
Cherries can be really delightful in a mead. I recommend using dark, tart/sour cherries (e.g. Balaton cherries, Montmorency, any nice morello-type cherry you can get your hands on). These can be pitted or unpitted, or you can use pitted cherries with some number of pits added back to the fermentation (use sparingly). Most people will recommend freezing the fruit for a week or so and thawing, although if you can purchase pitted, IQF/frozen fruit that can be nice, also. Ground shipping would be cheaper if the temperature is below freezing where you are this time of year. I recommend using a muslin bag or other fruit-containment device in your primary bucket - this will make racking easier and "cap management" a little nicer, also. If you use a copius amount of cherries in primary, then you can also expect that it will be eminently drinkable in 3-4 months time (with the proper yeast selection, of course, e.g. 71B-1122 or another low-nitrogen requirement yeast) but one which will also age extremely well - the fermentation will be extremely healthy because the yeast will scavenge cell-wall materials from the fruit's own cells, and the fruit also adds nutrients and a buffer against rapid changes in pH. Ferment at the bottom of the temperature range for this yeast.. In terms of honey and amounts, you can learn the various mead calculators on the sidebar, but in the end you will need to suss out how much residual sweetness you need to balance the tartness from the cherries, and also for your personal taste in residual sweetness. This can also change depending on the alcohol balance, determined by the yeast strain you select.
Star san is awesome.
Giving fresh, clean water to your cats is vitally important before you make mead with them. This way they are tender and hydrated, and I find the honey and cat flavors are well integrated and age well. If you are really serious about making a cat mead, see if you can find free-range cats from a local farm. I find the alley cats and other urban felines give the mead too many barnyard-esque, horse-blankety, and even phenolic off-flavors.
Poorly built, but they do exist for beverages
Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage & Wine Chiller, Silver https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0000U3CIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_MuT8BbX5ZY3PS
They have some cheap beverage chillers on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Cooler-Beverage-Chiller-Brushed-Silver/dp/B0000U3CIW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1348510385&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=blast+chiller
Wow there's one on Amazon.ca too! It's only $126! (plus $92.40 shipping)
Oh FFS Canada...
Honestly, alcoholic beverages inside the polo fields are so expensive that we resorted to these clever "flasks" last year and they worked like a charm! We snuck 4 of them in each day and had a good 'ol time taking swigs from the sunscreen bottles. You run the risk of security catching it, but security is generally very relaxed and the worst I've ever witnessed, or heard of, is them just tossing it.
Then he just thinks it's weird you're drinking sunscreen.
Edit; better less special ed options
Does he eat cake or other sweets with whisky? If not, he may just be confused, and buying a bottle of whisky would be a safer route.
If he doesn't have a set of Glencairn Glasses that might be a nice gift as well.
Spiegelau IPA glass.
I usually keep only unsalted in the house for cooking because I don't eat buttered bread/toast/biscuits very often, but one the occasions that I do buy salted butter (holidays, dinner parties, guests in the home) I really enjoy my buttered toast. And baked potatoes--my goodness those are tasty.
BTW, if you're a butter fan, I highly recommend investing in one of these
Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot, 700ml - $15
Teaology Luna Double Wall Borosilicate Tea Cup - $3.95
I'm very much still learning, but I love this cheap little setup and it's been working especially well with my Oolongs and Greens. I picked up a sample of Pu erh Pearls from Adagio (pictured), and it works just fine for that as well if you're okay with western brewing techniques.
Check out /r/Homebrewing and just start saving. Even 2 dollars a day with you and a friend and you could be rolling in a couple months.
edit: also start saving glass bottles that require a bottle opener. Those are reusable.
edit2: Things you'll need. Feel free to find similar products.
cooler with spigot
valve(I'm not sure of the size on that igloo)
bottles(make sure they're brown)
some sort of gas stove. say a propane stove, a turkey fryer, or a kitchen stove.
a large pot
I'm probably forgetting things.
I'm assuming you already have a kettle, burner, brew paddle, and thermometer. Also assuming you have good water. You will have to buy crushed grain until you get your own grain mill. The ball valve can be upgraded with a cam lock quick disconnect and tube. I like to mash on my kitchen counter, so I have to move the kettle outside for the boil and a platform dolly is a big help with that.
I would go to all grain. for 100 you can get a 10 gallon cooler, false bottom, valve and bulkhead. There are tons of youtube videos on how to convert a cooler to a mash tun
Few weeks ago, /u/it-reaches-out made some stickers to recreate our favorite crew's mugs (see here).
She was kind enough to send me a few here in France. I receveid it few days ago and here's the results.
Thanks again /u/it-reaches-out
PS: My girlfriend was really happy with the little extra stickers you joined in the mail :D
Edit: You can find the Mugs on Amazon
White claws and powder pedialtye brother.
We sucked, but pulled it out. I got some girls so suck my whiksey dick (https://smile.amazon.com/Freedom-Flask/dp/B006WV1HV2/).
I am probably getting ripped off from Amazon but I wanted something quick and these have been holding up fine for me.
16oz condiment squeeze bottles. Small bottle of Strawberry Ripe is a 4oz bottle for scale
I've used them at a bunch of different places including the Women's US Open, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Beaver Stadium, Heinz Field, and the Giant Center (Hershey Bears) but the Barnoculars have never let me down. Made from all plastic so metal detectors don't mess with them. Each side is an eight ounce flask with it's own cap and canister which means you can bring in two different boozes of choice if you would prefer to do that. I usually grab a soda from the concession stand and hit the bathroom and dump in one side into a soda for a nice Jack and Coke for the game.
What about this helmet, but with mods not beers (or one of each, I guess)
I agree with you but I think that the sidebar of DIY_eJuice is a little overdone. Sometimes the attitudes over there remind me of a bunch of guys sitting around an IT shop chastising the users for not reading the internal company documentation and then begrudgingly providing support to the retard who can't use a computer. I read the side bar when I started mixing multiple times and did tons of research through other resources and what really would have helped me get to where I am now 9 months later when I started would have been things like this:
I realize that the technology surrounding mixing and vaping in general is changing very quickly. I also think that part of the reason new mixers come to DIY_eJuice and ask stupid questions is that they are overwhelmed with old or outdated info. Anyway, like I said I totally agree with you and maybe this short list will help someone else. I probably threw out 1-2 Liters of mixed juice learning these on my own.
It's not gonna last forever no matter what ya do. But the best way to keep it fresh is to keep it refrigerated and use one of those inert gas "wine savers" or a wine vacuum gadget. Here are some links:
get yourself one of these if you dont have access to cold drinks. (it doesn't just chill wine)
Your last example can actually be even shorter. I usually give links like this to people:
(Also of note: You can change the text before that to anything you want. For example, http://www.amazon.com/Adorable-Fluffy-Kittens/dp/B0007WTBQ0#.)
This is the cooler I use for a mash tun. It works great. It's selling for a record low Amazon price and ships for free. I link to some pictures of it in that post. The seat top makes it easy to run a thermometer under the lid to monitor mash temps. The product link in that post helps support hbf. Thanks in advance if you use it. If you do not want to help support hbf here is a direct link.
What are you looking for and what does he like? You can get a standard infuser like this one that I use.
Or you could get him a "reverse french press". The reverse french press is one of the best and easiest ways to brew. It lets the leaves float in the water, but allows easy extraction of the water into a mug (it is much harder with a regular french press because pressing down the leaves can cause them to expel a lot of bitter flavor into the water).
Generally speaking, avoid anything that will smash the leaves, or will not let them float easily. If he generally uses a big teapot, make sure to get something for that. If he typically uses just a mug, the two things I listed will work great. I even use my regular infuser in my large tea pitcher/pot.
But, if you give me a price range and a general idea of what you would like him to have, what he already has or what kind of things he likes, I can definitely help you out. I love tea myself, and would hope that my wife would ask someone knowledgeable when she goes to buy something for me.
OH! And if you're looking to get the best bang for your buck, avoid teavanna. They're not bad they're just overpriced.
In case anyone is wondering, this is the best way to steep tea. Many good quality oolong, gunpowder and any other large loose leaf teas need room to bloom and tea balls and bags just can't accommodate that. It's also very easy to clean, especially if you have a sink strainer.
Source: voted best way to steep by America's Test Kitchen, also my ex manages a tea store.
What you might be looking for is a gravity tea brewer. They are super convenient and quick as well as being really easy to use.
You boil water or heat it to the temperature for your tea, put the tea leaves in the gravity tea brewer, pour the hot water over the leaves, let it sit for the amount of time for the tea, and then set the gravity tea brewer on top of your mug and the tea comes out. Cleanup is as simple as dumping the leaves in the compost, a flowerbed, or trash, and rinsing out the brewer with water.
I don't know if you use amazon or not, but here are a few options:
Loose leaf tea can be purchased from one of the many sites in the sidebar or at a local store. I find loose tea at my local natural store in bulk so I can measure out my own.
I recommend the Adagio ingenuiTEA, which I've used for years. It's dead simple, and brews a nice big cup. Plastic isn't usually BIFL material, but mine's withstood 5 years of regular use without failing at any point. It's dishwasher safe, so you won't have to hand wash. I wash mine in the dishwasher maybe once a month to give it a good cleaning, and just a dump and rinse in between.
You can also get it on Amazon for a decent discount.
These are the ones used in the show. That looks like the same brand of mug though in OP's photo.
That's why I bought one of these.
Buy a bottle of wine preserver at Total Wine or Amazon, like [this] (http://www.amazon.com/Enthusiast-Private-Preserve-Preservation-Spray/dp/B0000DCS18). I opened a bottle of 'Fiddich 18 about a year ago and after I drank about half of it I used the wine preserver and put it in the back of my cabinet. Had a dram last night and it was fine...which reminds me, I need to go use it again before I put the bottle back in the cabinet.
Are they all unopened? For unopened bottles just keep them upright, in their boxes, and at moderate temperatures (room temp inside is fine).
If any are opened then maybe look into a wine preserver that uses inert gas like this, for the next time they're opened. Don't open for the sake of spraying them, but for any bottles that are less than 3/4 full, next time you open them to have a drink, spray the inert gas preserve in there as directed and that will help prevent them from oxidizing further.
Argon gas preserving is by far the best way... can keep wines fresh for a week or longer...vacuum savers only increase the life of a wine by about a day.
New possible loophole:
I don't see anything in the law saying the store can't provide a chiller for already purchased beer. Just like they provide a microwave to heat up the burrito you just bought to go with your beer...
Grab yoself a butter bell! It keep butter fresh and room temperature!
Why not use markup?
I think you should upgrade from tea infusers to something like the Ingenuita for yourself and a teapot with a large infuser basket for when you're making tea for a group. You get so much more flavor when the tea leaves have lots of room to unfold.
They spend plenty of budget on the hero props and the crazy CGI SFX, so the other practical props need to be, well, pretty mundane. A lot of props around the stations are definitely common items that you can find around any modern space.
Some really quick research has shown that this is the cup:
But no research shows me a brown/copper version. Only red and blue and silver.
There's a potential that they used dye or a color insert behind the clear cup to give it the proper color; that or it's actually red but the show's color grading gave it a darker hue.
I would wager that if it's actually got a squishy outer jacket that it's silicone and probably wouldn't accept whatever decals you put on for very long.
There are wine glasses that can just barely hold an entire bottle that look surprisingly normal. Just a wee bit bigger visually, but they're like a magic bottomless pit when you pour the bottle in. I'm a fan. Drink like you mean it.
Here's a kinda clunky one:
But I've seen them where they're a little taller and narrower (and thus less bowl-y) that don't look at all out of place at a glance.
I have this one
These guys used to work well for me.
I bring a pair to every game.... https://www.amazon.com/Forum-Novelties-Double-Sided-Binocular/dp/B0021X2WQY
4 glasses for $20. That's about $5 per glass.
Can't even buy a bottle of JW Black for that.
And a proper whiskey glass as well. Looks like a Glencairn, if I'm not mistaken.
Here for the UK people;
I don't own one, but I saw one of these at Argo Tea in Chicago and it looked really cool- the picture doesn't show it off, but the small lever on the right side of the lid drops the infuser basket down- so you can flip the lever while you steep, and flip it back when you're done so the tea doesn't get too strong. This would also let you do multiple infusions on the go.
Some way to smuggle booze into the concert so you're not stuck paying for $15 rum and cokes. I recommend a binocular flask which looks like a pair of binoculars but is actually full of sweet sweet booze.
Glencairn. About $8-10 in stores or Amazon. Still glass, though:
Several of the plastic glasses now have fine lips:
Don't forget his signature Reebok helmet
I bought these last year on a whim and they were amazing for festivals. They are sun tan lotion containers that are designed to discretely hold liquor. I did get some funny looks while taking whiskey pulls from a sunscreen bottle though.
Step 1: Find a recipe you love
Step 2: Make 500mL of it in a 16oz squeeze bottle like this
Step 3: Shake it for like 5 minutes
Step 4: Forget about it for at least 2 weeks, ideally a month.
Step 5: Enjoy the fuck out of it.
Step 6: Make another one when it's half empty.
Once you adopt this procedure you'll never go back. Having fully steeped juice ready to go at all times is the best. I just fill up 60mLs to carry around. I usually have 2-5 of my go-to flavors ready at any time. Fresh juice sucks.
This took me 4 seconds to Google: http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Cooler-Beverage-Chiller-Brushed-Silver/dp/B0000U3CIW
I agree. I thought of this version I've seen on amazon as soon as I saw the picture. Apparently real butter will keep fine at room temperature as long as you keep air out of/away from it.
I recommend everyone buy a butter dish, one that uses water to preserve it. You can keep it out instead of the fridge, and your butter is always soft. Then buy some really good butter and some good bread. You won't want anything else for breakfast. Something like this.
What's even better than a butter dish is a butter bell http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0000VLURQ?pc_redir=1408591398&amp;robot_redir=1
Hario makes a couple different 700mL glass teapots that you can get on amazon:
They're very well made and durable, but I find the basket to be a bit small sometimes. I guess it depends on what kinds of tea you plan to use with it.
Another alternative to consider is the Hario Chacha. The basket is much bigger so it is more versatile, and they have a 450ml and 700ml version.
I am an unashamed Sleepytime tea addict...it's a must every night before bed. Yes, it's a mix, but chamomile is the main note. I got one of these and one of these for his recent Happ-Tea Birthday with a bunch of quality loose leaf black teas. He decided he just likes his Red Rose English Breakfast tea bags, so I get to play around with the tea steeper. I quit caffeine, so I haven't tried those, but I've tried Tranquil Dreams so far which I really liked. I think I might get a just straight up chamomile and lavender blend next go around.
Long live tea!! :-D
Amazon reviews are overwhelmingly positive. I don't have one since I'm happy with my current infuser, but if you're interested I would say go ahead.
Id say get a sample of a couple of different teas to try out. There are many websites to buy teas from, brownestrabbit having listed some of them. There is also Teavana and Republic of Tea as well.
For equipment, I would get a simple teamaker such as this one from Adagio. Other places carry this style of teamaker, but I dont know their pricing. It is a simple cup with a filter at the bottom, and acts like a gravity press when you place it on top of any cup or mug. Theres a video review of it in the comments of that page.
After that, id say get a e-kettle. A cheap 20$ one from walmart or target will suffice. Nothing too fancy, just something to boil water very quickly.
Since you are just starting out, dont buy into all the clay/yixing/cast iron/bone china/etc teapots. You can think about those later in life. Your focus should be on the taste of tea, not on what it comes in.
There are a couple of different types of teas, and ill make a quick and dirty list for ya here. And always try and go whole leaf/loose leaf if you have the option.
These contain the actual tea leaves, Camelia Sinesis and Camelia Assamica
A couple of tips:
that it often cannot appreciate something that doesnt come up and punch your tongue in the face. So if you smell a very sweet tea, try to stray away from it.
TL:DR- Get a cheap teamaker, get some loose leaf green tea, no sugar.
PS: I like to call drinking earl grey while in my chair "pulling a Jean Luc", in reference to Capt. Picard from Star Trek.
If you want to know more, feel free to shoot me a message, will be glad to help.
How about something like this? They don't show it here, but you put loose leaf tea and hot water in there together, then when it's done steeping, you just put it on a mug and it drains straight into the cup.
Asking the important questions!
edit: I found this on Amazon.
Bought it from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emsa-504843-insulated-drinking-translucent/dp/B000ICINFO/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=city+cup+red&amp;qid=1556982361&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-3
This looks very similar
Norpro Glazed Stoneware Butter Keeper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000VLURQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TZsJybY4T0PAC
Keep soft butter on the table for a month.
Yes to all of the above. If you nuke it, use DEFROST and check it every 3 seconds. I use something similar to this and just change the water every 2 days. It's what they did back in the Pilgrim days (snort I don't know, but I know they did it in the 30's-50's) Edit: duh! http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-284-Stoneware-Butter-Keeper/dp/B0000VLURQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
I have this in the 700 ml and love it https://www.amazon.com/Hario-Chacha-Kyusu-Maru-700ml/dp/B0007WTBQ0
Damn, that's unfortunate! this teapot seems to be pretty good, I hear good things since the infuser is so big it allows a lot of room for the leaves to expand - also cheaper!
There's several brands that do the same thing. Scroll down to "similar items".
Yess the good stuff!! This is the one in the video, but I'd actually recommend the IngenuiTea or IngenuiTea2 - they're a bit easier to clean IMO! Happy tea-making! 🍵🙏
Steeping tea is enjoyable to me. At minimum, you'll need a device for heating the water (kettle, either electric or stovetop), a container for steeping (teapot), a filter to catch the leaves (can be part of teapot or separate), and a cup for drinking.
I use these:
The process is simple.
You can alternatively place the leaves in the strainer and stick it inside the teapot to steep. That's slightly simpler, but it doesn't allow the leaves to fully expand.
Some teapots are also designed to ease the steeping process further, like Adagio's Ingenuitea, which I own and yet don't use as much. You place the leaves inside, steep, and then the tea flows out from the filtered mesh bottom, directly into a cup.
Once you've developed tea as a hobby and have certain regional or style preferences, such as Japanese sencha (green tea) or Chinese oolongs, you can invest in steeping equipment specific to those, such as kyusu or tetsubin and Zisha teapots or gaiwan. These are by no means required, but they can heighten the experience, especially if you decide to prepare the tea in the culturally traditional manner; see Japanese and Chinese tea ceremonies.
I need one of those!
Then in episode 5 holden drinks from this cup
They are called the Emsa City Cup
That's why they sell these
LINK FOR THE LAZY
Here ya go
they don't make you walk through metal detector but they might wand you. I suggest plastic bag flask or this
My Camelbak comfortably holds 100oz of adult beverages.
Also: Binocular Flask!
How does he drink his scotch?
If with ice, go with a rocks glass and throw in a round ice maker.
If he drinks it neat or with a little water, go with the Glencarin glasses everyone is recommending. They are my go to. Another solid choice in this vein would be a copita nosing glass. They're basically a Glencairn on a stick.
Whatever you choose, Amazon or Waterford, a nice touch would be getting the glassware engraved.
It's expensive and not a single malt (which is okay but not okay at that price).
I'd much rather go with something like Highland Park 12 which is ~$35-$40ish. If I'm going to spend $60+ I'd rather get an Islay personally (have a personal weakness for Ardbeg Uigeadail). But, JW Blue is basically all flash.
Though, I don't drink scotch to get drunk, so I consume not a lot in one sitting (usually use a Glencairn glass +/- drop of water.
There are a lot more knowledgeable folks over at /r/scotch
$7.60 apiece to anyone with Amazon prime...
I keep ordering them for friends, mostly because I want to have one to use when I'm at their houses... but it makes me look nice.
This $5 mini pitcher is also a great addition...
The US Amazon has them for $6.90 and free shipping if you get $25 of stuff:
There are also sets of them on there for a bit cheaper.
You've come to the right place. There are a ton of excellent community members here who are eager to help new-comers like yourself. Stay within the whisky network and you'll be a seasoned malt / mash head in no time!
Cheers sir or madam, and enjoy yourself!
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How about something like this.
Solution is simple: wear one of these during your haircut: https://www.amazon.in/EZ-Drinker-Guzzler-Helmet-Drinking/dp/B006CUJXMI
There is a bit of truth to every myth, I think it was the beer hat of the time.
Worried about not being able to drink with your hands full mixing? I’ve got you bro. This ought to do it
FREEDOM FLASK http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Flask/dp/B006WV1HV2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1452448602&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=freedom+flask
Amazon has it for the same price and with prime shipping.
So, here are some really practical things I like to do as gifts, because they're things people don't really think about, but when you don't have them... so annoying!
Add a bottle of wine, cuz the rest of this shit is boring af.
squeezable condiment bottles, in the fridge
This might work for you: http://www.amazon.com/Aladdin-10-00753-002-Tea-Infuser-Mug/dp/B001Q3L9P0
The mug is microwave safe, so all you need is it, a way to measure the tea, and the tea itself. It's worked very well for me so far.
The link for the mug on Amazon is here for the people who asked. :)
I personally love it, so give it a try.
Binoculars, you say?
im assuming this is what you meant
I have a 40 yr. old version of this
Google them they're just products made for smuggling booze. I've seen a dude at a Cubs game with some of these
Edit: Obviously those aren't the exact model, don't buy those the reviews are pretty bad
I got one.
Better than a tumbler believe me ;)
Glencairn's free from shows and such. Or amazon.
Here's the official Riedel Glass.
Glencarins are also popular.
I hate to be that guy that says "Read the fuckin sticky", but, the bourbon guide is very very good here, and I used it when I ventured here from scotch land. Check it out on the sidebar, or just click here!
I like /u/rebo2's idea of getting smaller bottles to try and do a taste test, but i would definitely suggest going through the guide and start off by getting Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, and Maker's Mark, in that order. Make sure that by the time you buy your third bottle, you still have some left over in each of the other two bottles so you can compare. Setup a night where you can taste all 3 back to back to back. This will give you a chance to really compare the difference between low rye, high rye, and wheated bourbons. There is a reason why these 3 are recommended for beginners, you get a really great base for tasting everything else in Bourbon land.
My personal favorites of commonly purchasable items, Buffalo Trace, Makers, Wild Turkey 101, Jim Beam Black (far superior to the white label), Four Roses small batch, Elijah Craig 12, Eagle Rare, and Old Weller Antique 107.
For the Rye Whiskey, Sazerac Rye, High West Rendezvous Rye, Bulleit Rye, and Rittenhouse. I need to try a few more ryes to be honest, but i love the spicy flavors they have.
Invest in some real glassware, get some old fashioned glasses at least, and when you are ready get some Glencairn glasses. You can find them relatively inexpensive on Amazon, I linked the Glencairn set I purchased.
Read /u/texacer guide on reviewing whiskey. Also, watch this Highland Park video on nosing and tasting. These both helped me tremendously for appreciating and learning how to nose and taste whiskey. There is a ton of great info in both links.
Hope this helps, good luck and ask away any questions on this sub, I have found that this is my favorite sub here on Reddit, everyone is super awesome here. Remember, whiskey is best shared with friends, so bring some friends with you on your journey if you can.
I used armour etch to personalize each Glencairn Whisky Glass. I then found a suitable box, cut out some foam, covered it in fabric, and topped it with a vinyl decal. It went over great at our last meeting.
Filled as shown, add in one ice cube.
I am in the US, I got a little better deal than what you can get them on amazon right now and it was a local place so no shipping. The one issue is they did come in the commercial box and not in the retail box. I would say this is the best deal right now.
I bought this: set of six. I kept four and gave two to a good friend.
Alternatively, if you want just the one, this single is a good price.
Finally, this site sells glencairns with various things on the glass, and they do sell (but are currently out of stock) a glencairn with a reddit alien (snoo) logo on it. It's not to my taste but a lot of people like it. They're a bit more expensive, but they are high quality, not some cheap acid etching. And they have fancy gift box type dealies if you want fancy; a standard box of six just looks like this.
For Reidels, I would ask /u/ipixelpixels for a better opinion than mine!
Do you mean Laphroaig? It's pronounced "lafroyg". You could get him a set of Glencairn whisky snifter glasses, I'll edit back with a link to amazon
Edit: something like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003TMCNI8/ref=pd_aw_sim_79_2?ie=UTF8&amp;dpID=41YZou-ZgnL&amp;dpSrc=sims&amp;preST=_AC_UL100_SR100%2C100_&amp;refRID=1GXGFJTZHT53SPC02BG4
Mission Complete holds aviation beer helmet https://www.amazon.com/EZ-DRINKER-Beer-Guzzler-Helmet/dp/B006CUJXMI
The best solution I think
I don't have a ball cap, would one of these be okay?
Beer helmet! https://www.amazon.com/Beer-Soda-Guzzler-Helmet-Drinking/dp/B006CUJXMI
I got you dog
You've spotted a freedom flask in the wild. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006WV1HV2?pc_redir=1411945668&amp;robot_redir=1
Spiegelau 2-Pack Beer Classics IPA Glass, 19-Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTPUT3S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kJH7yb3BE1FJB
Spiegelau IPA glass
They're glasses specifically designed for IPAs. They were designed by Dogfish Head, and Sierra Nevada and made by Spiegelau. They're real delicate, but I think they work really well.
Here's the Dogfish version
Here's the Sierra Nevada version
Here's a blank version
I know this isn't the style you're looking for but I'll mention them anyway: http://amzn.com/B00BTPUT3S
I've got half of dozen of these and love 'em. Nucleated and logo-free.
I bought some sunscreen flasks this year from Amazon!
I've never had an issue. I've packed my own in cig tubes and put those in an old cig box, I've also just brought a pipe or two and loose. Security never went over every.little.thing. in my bag. I bring in two giant sneak flasks of moonshine every year without issue. I brought in two dozen wownies (salad brownies) my second year. (Plastic baby wipes container, baby wipe on top.)
Be friendly with the security staff and joke with them if you can, make 'em laugh. It distracts them a bit, puts them in a good mood.
A gal in line last year had a water bottle of vodka, not realising it had to be sealed to bring in liquid. I was wearing slip shorts (like bike shorts) under my dress. I just popped her bottle into the leg of my shorts and walked in with it for her.
You'll be fine.
Transfering back and forth is not a great idea, more chances for it to get contaminated. Put your VG and PG into working bottles, if your mixing by weight, condiment bottles work well, something like this. When you run out in your working bottles, wash them out let them dry then refil from your large bottles of VG/PG.
As for Nic, break it down into smaller bottles, 30ml Boston rounds with poly cap work well. Say if you have 120ml of nic, break it down into four bottles, put three in the freezer and use one for your working nic.
I am not a new mixer, but this is something that new mixers might have a question about in the future.
I ordered nicotine from a place I have not ordered from before to see how other nicotine stacks up to my current nicotine (Nude Nicotine Nude Armor v2). I ordered this from Heartland Vapes thinking it was a great deal and Chemnovatic is the same nicotine that other trusted vendors have supplied in the past.
The newbie part of this is that today happens to be one of the hottest days this week where I live (Southern California). It also just so happens that today is the day my nicotine will be delivered so it will be in the hot sun all freaking day until I get home from work at about 6pm. We all know that nicotine has three kryptonites which are heat, light, and oxygen.
Here's what I am going to do in order to try to make sure my nicotine has't gone bad. Immediately when I get home I'm going to open the container of nicotine and give it a smell as well as take a look at it. It should be relatively clear. It should not be any color. When smelling your nicotine don't want to stick your nose all up in the nicotine, but open it enough so that you can get a whiff as safe as possible. When I do that, I do not want to smell anything. If it smells off or fishy or if it smells like anything really, that's a bad sign. Next, I am going to draw up about 5-10mL of the nicotine and place it in an amber bottle to mix with later. Before putting the nicotine away for storage, I am going to decant the 120mL bottle into two amber glass 60mL bottles for storage in my freezer. Before capping and placing in the freezer, I'm going to spray some argon in the two bottles to displace any oxygen. I use this argon spray. I've heard storing nicotine in the freezer is not required, however I do not have AC and I have the ability and space for nicotine to be stored in my freezer.
Next step is to take the 5-10mL we got and use that in a shake and vape recipe that you have used before and enjoy. This is to ensure that the nicotine is good and if all goes well, there should be no taste difference from this recipe you just mixed up compared to when you've made this recipe before with your other nicotine source. When I am vaping that shake and vape recipe with the new nicotine, I'm looking for anything off about it. Look for an off taste, smell, and harshness. If all goes well, I will consider my nicotine fine. If there is something off about it, I will contact the vendor and try to sort it out with them rather than put them on blast in a post.
These are all steps you should take when you get nicotine in the mail even if it hasn't been hot as fuck.
TL;DR When you get nicotine in the mail, make sure it hasn't gone bad by smelling, looking for any off color, and mixing some of it into a shake and vape to ensure that it is ok. If you feel it has gone bad, contact the vendor to see what they can do about it rather than posting in this sub with your complaints. Always do everything you can to store your nicotine properly by avoiding heat, light, and oxygen.
If anyone else has anything to add to this, please feel free to do so.
A little spray of nitrogen would keep the O2 at bay.
This seems like a lot of work, and potentially risk cracking your bottle when you drop them in, or cracking a glass when you pour it out.
If you're concerned with shelf-life, I recommend purchasing an inert gas spray like this. It will dispel oxygen and should increase the life enough to hold you over.
10 bucks for more than you'll use in probably 2 years. Nitrogen is completely inert and a better choice than CO2 in a non-carbonated beverage...this is a mix of Nitrogen, Argon, and CO2 and I think a better "cheap" option thank straight Nitrogen or the marble route.
When the bottle gets about half empty I use a few sprays of inert gas to remove oxygen and add electrical tape to top for air tight seal. They are usually branded as wine preservers and pretty cheap. Re-apply after each dram and it works a treat. I've bottles open for more than 4 years with this method without issue.
Private Preserve Wine Preservation Spray https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000DCS18/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_OILOzbVBWRFVN
You can use something like this:
Everybody's opinion is a lil different but general consensus the last few similar posts seemed to say that most bottles are fine until they are maybe 1/2 to 1/3 full and then you might focus on finishing them off. If a bottle is open but almost full most people seem not to worry but you can use a preserver spray on any open bottle and it will put a layer of inert gas on the whisky keeping oxygen away.
The gas seems to work well imho: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DCS18
OP here are a few
A mug which allegedly freezes even hot drinks in 60 seconds, requires the container to be put in the freezer before hand.
RCS Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage-Chilling Appliance HC01C https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0000U3CIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_nCNNBb5MG25EZ
This Amazon product which for a cool ba-dum-tsss £130 can chill a can, or even upto a bottle in 2 mins
Hope this helps, OP
Not a microwave, but...
You'll want something like this Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage Chiller
Like I said in another comment, I've made butter with a ~cup of buttermilk mixed with a ~quart of cream, left overnight... fantastic results! Here's the original recipe I followed and it uses your same method with the stand mixer. (I've made my mixer earn her keep by kneading pasta and bread doughs from time to time)
An as to what makes it great? not just the cows, but what the cows are fed, grass is an important element for good tasting milk and butter (gives them that yellow hue).
And btw, if you salt at the beginning, you can knead the butter in water to rinse the salt away. Salt will help keep the butter it's freshest. Also, if you want to do like the french, get yourself a butter dish that immerses the butter in water, avoiding contact with air.
I've used this as my only teapot for several years:
It's pretty minimal and maybe not what you're looking for. I've fumbled it several times and never broken it. Works great with every kind of tea.
Really not sure how you've managed to find this teapot for $100, but you can actually get it for $16.76:
You don't need a special kettle either really. I use a cheap glass electric kettle (I would recommend glass personally since plastic kettles can have smell issues and metal ones use crappy stainless steel, so they can have rust problems) and it works just fine. Having a temperature control is neat, but not really necessary, you can easily figure out yourself when to turn the kettle off (after two or three tries) to get the 70-80c temperature for greens.
> The Samplers
The flower teas are mostly for aesthetic purposes, the way I understand it. Wouldn't bother with them, if I were you. I also wouldn't recommend Teavivre all that much, I bought maybe two dozen teas and samples from them, very hit and miss and not good in terms of price/quality, imo. The Joseph Wesley samples seem pretty expensive.
This is a glass pot I've seen recommended in this sub a few times: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007WTBQ0/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_OM8gzb960T8DJ
I own the 450ml version myself and it's great!
I use one that I believe is the same as his. You can purchase it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007WTBQ0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_UixazbXDQPTK9
It's very nice. I've used it for maybe a year and a half and have little issue it.
This teapot is by far my favorite. I feel like Hario needs to hire me as a sales rep, I love these things so much. It is easy to clean, damn near unbreakable, and still looks brand new after years of regular use. I have all three sizes, but the 100ml is the one I reach for most often. I have clay pots, glazed, non glazed, and numerous other styles, but they all sit in a cupboard while the Hario is on the counter. I like to think that I learn a lot about a tea via color and how it changes, so I gravitate towards glass pots.
I've had a few glass pots, and IMO Japanese Hario pots are easily the best. I have two in different sizes.
Its glass but 300 ml pot. Large basket. I have the 700 ml one and love it.
I ordered one of their other products and get it today - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007WTBQ0/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza. They make good products.
I've tried a few different pots and by far, like really really far this is the best one.
I've since bought 3 of them. One for work, one for the kitchen, and one in my office.
$600? Let me see what I can do here.
That's $540 and would be a pretty incredible setup.
Mash tun cooler (this is probably cheaper at your local hardware store or wal mart) Also, this isn't the only cooler that works. Pretty much any plastic cooler works. But you'll need a different false bottom if you use a chest cooler, which may allow you to mash bigger batches.
Weldless Ball Valve Just take the plastic valve off the cooler and screw this one on. Will work on most any cooler you choose.
False bottom Put this at the bottom, connecting the silicon hose to the ball valve and the top of the false bottom.
3/8" barb You'll need to screw this onto the ball valve on the inside of the mash tun to connect the silicon hose to.
Honestly, if you've already got a kettle that can boil 6 gallons, you're good to go there, and just add this to the mix. Otherwise, pick up a Stainless Steel Brew Kettle.
This whole setup comes in just under $200 but you'll need some hoses and some hose clamps as well. But I'm sure that if you shop around (even on amazon) you might find better deals than I linked. But that's the gist of it. And there's no need to stick with the specific brands I linked. But just make sure to stick with stainless steel for the kettle, ball valve, and connecting accessories and food-grade plastic for the cooler. And any hoses need to be high temp hoses. Silicon is ideal.
This is by no means the "only" way to do it, but a great start down the road. You may also choose to use a pump. It has advantages and disadvantages. You can make great beer with and without one.
Don't let your dreams be dreams!
EDIT: Even better option, 10 gallon for same price
I usually use this magical contraption that /u/rarelyserious got me. No microwave could come close to the perfection it brews.
Not exactly pretty or quirky, but DARNED useful!
Am extremely excited for my paycheck so I can get one. :D
The bulb: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ICINFO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
The decal: https://www.amazon.com/Lyniv-Rocinante-Expanse-Inspired-Multi-Pack/dp/B07JNFZFS3/ref=pd_cp_201_2
It's not an ideal one (too big, comparing to the original), but I didn't find the right one on Amazon
Don't get between a man and his coffee. Found the mug.
Did you buy the one off amazon and screenprint the MCRN logo on it?
I've had my eye on it for awhile, and it has decreased in price steadily, but it's still a little rich for my blood.
Edit: Behold, the 30 dollar coffee cup.
Emsa 504843 City Cup insulated drinking cup, 0.2 litres, translucent red https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000ICINFO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_7nZ4CbN7DC522
You'd need an MCRN vinyl or etched in...
The mug, the decal, and the sloth, all from Amazon.
Cool! This would be perfect on one of these "bulbs":
Here's the mug they are using in the show, but you have to make the logo yourself :)
I prefer this wine glass. Then when I finish one glass I don't feel so bad.
I found you a cool one
Cause dinosaurs. Oh bugger!
Hi! Here is the shopping list I have compiled after days of reading here on this sub. If you wouldn't mind looking it over and telling me if I have forgotten anything or if I'm being dumb about anything, that would be awesome!
Vegetable Glycerin: Bulk Apothecary 10lbs - $25 shipped.
Nicotine: Carolina Extract 100mg/ml 120mL - $30 shipped. I already bought this, it delivers tomorrow. I used the Dada1 code at checkout for an extra $1.26 off!
Scale: American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale from Amazon - $30 shipped, already bought.
From Wizard Labs
Nicotine test kit
Menthol crystals 15g
10 pairs of nitrile gloves
(4) 30mL amber bottles with polycone lids for nic storage
set of glass droppers for same
(15) 10mL ldpe bottles for juice since unfortunately they don't have 10mL glass. I have a whole bunch of empties I can use, too.
Cart is about $38 shipped with the above
Pipettes [500 from Amazon - $11.24] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CD2I50)
Argon Spray from Amazon - $10
Flavors from Bull City Vapors about $35 for the below
TFA Wild Blueberry
TFA French Vanilla
TFA Sweet Raspberry
TFA Ripe Strawberry
TFA Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
TFA Vanilla Swirl
INW Raspberry Concentrate
FW Cherry Crush
TFA Cherry Blossom
FA Lemon Sicily
FA Forest Fruit
TFA Bavarian Cream
Other things I am forgetting: ___. I do have on my list to get some plastic applicator bottles from a beauty supply place or condiment containers to hold my VG in.
A note about me: I started vaping 5 months ago, I use an MVP 20W with an Aspire ETS tank, I vape at 5.3 volts and that is perfect for me. All of the vaping terminology about mods and attys (whatever they are) is completely foreign to me, but I am willing to learn. I like fruity flavors as you can tell by my list. I don't even like chocolate irl. Yes, I realize that potentially makes me a psychopath. I have tried a few dessert juices but did not like them at all. They were just weak tasting. My favorite juices have been Unicorn Poop by TVC, and Dragonfruit and Cereal Crunch by Cloudberry Vapors. To start out I got mostly fruity juices so I can basically get the feel for what on earth I'm doing and for how the flavors all work together.
So that's it, I will embark upon placing tons of orders tomorrow after work if I've got everything correct. Thank you SO MUCH to this subreddit, it's really an amazing resource!
In addition to buying vermouth in smaller bottles, I highly recommend quickly preserving the bottle between uses. This has changed my vermouth and wine game; I no longer have to stress about it tasting fresh even weeks after opening.
Private Preserve Wine Preservation Spray https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000DCS18/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_P-1BybQ9FBVNS
Yes this! I do all of the above and i can stretch out my bottles of vermouth almost indefinitely.
I use this for what FunkIPA is referring to as Argon Private Preserve Wine Preservation System | 100% Green Gas Based | Suitable for all Wine, Port, Sake, Cognac, Whiskey, Fine Oil and Vinegar https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000DCS18/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_qiavDb06BKHG3 (it does contain argon but I believe it’s mostly CO2)
Yup, it's heavier than air, so it creates a barrier between the oxygen and the nicotine. http://www.amazon.com/Private-Preserve-Wine-Preservation-Spray/dp/B0000DCS18/
Updated thread on preserving the components:
I actually just found out that preservers are a thing. You can buy a can of a preserver (which is basically an inert gas) and this will help keep it from getting oxidized.
The basic rule of thumb is that once a bottle is about 1/3 full it's time to either use a preserver, or invite some friends over to finish it off.
My first 4 batches ended up the same for secondary, i purchased this, and filled in.
I can't back this up with science, however I have had good results with making large batches of wine reductions and then storing them in that walk-in. I dunno about years, but it kept for well over a month. A lot of liquor stores sell smaller bottles of wine, usually they aren't really a vintage worth speaking of (same problem with boxes, although a lot of the nuances of flavor are lost in the reduction, you still don't want to cook with anything you wouldn't drink). If you want to use a wine worth bragging about there are different ways to keep the wine from oxidizing(?) or whatever ruins it with a can of something or a whole 300$ system which I guess is cheap considering what some people pay for wine.
Private Preserve works great and is very cheap (comes out to less than 10 cents per use, insignificant compared to bottle price). Just be careful not to move the bottle once you've sealed it until you're ready to open it again.
The small bottles method should also work. Don't use a vacuum pump, most reviews say they don't work well, and you are pulling out the volatile compounds that give wine its aroma!
I tried using a can of Wine Preserve and seemed to make a difference!
Edit: Private Preserve, this stuff:
Keep it upright, make sure the top is air tight, and it will last for years and years. I have many 4-5 year old bottles I still crack open on occasion for an ounce or two.
When the bottle gets low, you can use Wine Preservation Spray (just inert argon gas in a can) to prevent excessive oxidation. The Argon is heavier than air, so a couple squirts in the bottle will coat the surface of the liquid with Argon so it doesn't oxidize.
Honestly, though, I like my bourbon a little oxidized so I don't use it until the bottle gets really low (like only a few ounces left), and at that point I typically say might as well finish it off anyways heh.
You might want to try argon gas or such stuff used for preserving wine (like this). It's a nonreactive gas that's heavier than air so it sinks down and covers the booze which stops it from oxidising.
Summers get pretty damn hot where I am (upwards of 40C), and my whiskies do just fine in a cool, shaded cabinet. I've kept open bottles for 2 years or so before.
You could transfer to a brown bottle that has had the air displaced with this stuff
I’ve used the product here in a pinch when I haven’t had anything to top off with.
Private Preserve Wine... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000DCS18?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
You can find them on amazon, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Private-Preserve-Preserver-Prevents-Oxidation/dp/B0000DCS18 for example. You can also check out wine making websites, there'll be sure to have em. Like e-juice, wine making has a huge crafts/hobbyist side so there'll be a lot of info about if you google.
you can probably find a CO2 bike inflator from Walmart or something that might be cheaper and easier than marbles, but if you're in a pinch, i guess marbles could to it. They also have argon inert gas in a aerosol that you can buy for like $10.
If you're TPD bunker stocking the freezer for some years ahead, ideally the smaller the bottles of nic base the better so you can leave the ones you're not using unopened for as long as possible. Also spreads your risk if one bottle does spoil for some reason. Downside, the smaller the bottle the more you'll pay per ml.
Darkstar did have a 5x100ml freezer pack (it's just 5 of their individual 100ml glass bottles as a multi-buy) but that option's not coming up on the site atm, I know they had it I bought one a month ago to fill up the last corner in a freezer drawer. 250mls are fine though and more economical, also a nice size for standing upright in a standard home freezer drawer (their 4x250ml is £44 c.w. £8 for 1 x 100ml).
I decant nic base into a working bottle, a 50ml plastic squeezy nozzle that also lives in the freezer. If the opened glass bottle of 72mg is 250ml or larger then I put some of this in the top of it to help preserve it. Not essential, I'm probably being overcareful but oxidation is the enemy I'd be pissed off if a bottle of my limited stock went bad when TPD doesn't let me replenish.
as a guide on how much to buy before next May, 500ml of 72mg base is enough nic for 5.95 litres of 3mg e-liquid.
Starting out, look at recipes from diyordievaping.com, recipe threads with recommendations and good feedback at r/DIY_eJuice (use the search and the sidebar before you post new threads there, or ask in the new mixers thread, if you don't then folk there are very salty with newbies), also e-liquid-recipes.com for things with a good rating and comments. Also look at one shot pre-mix concentrates from Vapour Depot they have a bunch of different brands. Darkstar and Chef's Flavours in UK also have one shots premixes.
Link to Amazon
Big subject for debate... however you should always buy the smallest bottles you can. Which always limits your choices to Martini in most places, unless you are lucky. Some say it spoils as quickly as regular wine. I say, keep it cold and it should last as long as a month or two. You can usually smell it when it starts to go off. Vermouth usually gets a bad rap, but that is usually because it is not fresh. You can also try adding nitrogen (http://www.amazon.com/Enthusiast-Private-Preserve-Preservation-Spray/dp/B0000DCS18)
A good read on the perils of aged vermouth is here: http://instituteforalcoholicexperimentation.blogspot.com/2010/10/trouble-with-vermouth.html
Not gonna lie -- I totally forgot to look...
That being said, I googled around and found a different technology that does something similar.. here is a link to a page with videos, etc.
I'll report back with the one I saw if I get around to going there soon :)
edit: here is a slower consumer-grade device I found on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Cooler-Beverage-Chiller-Brushed-Silver/dp/B0000U3CIW
edit2: also check out this cool home-made can-cooler this dude made. 30 seconds! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeIwJfHEvTg
Generating heat is a lot easier than removing heat.
There are also small machines that cool things quickly, for example.
Blast chiller, anti griddle, and the linked product all exist. Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage & Wine Chiller, Silver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000U3CIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_u8q3DbW3QT7SN
The fiest two are probably too expensive to be considered “household” but the products are out there.
We have these http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Cooler-Beverage-Chiller-Brushed-Silver/dp/B0000U3CIW If you haven't used one they fucking rule, ice cold canned drink in like 30 seconds.
It does require ice, water, and electricity but works on cans, bottles, and even big wine bottles.
I like gadgets and pull this thing out every time we need a bottle of wine rapid chilled. Plus it seems to be a cool party trick when I can make a room temperate beer ice cold in 60 seconds.
P.S. It doesn't make the beer all foamy like you'd think. Don't know why. I just say it's magic.
Or, buy a butter keeper!
Under $10 link for the lazy
Make great housewarming gifts cause you're pretty sure they don't already have one.
You're looking for a french butter keeper!
Get one of these. Been using it for years.
Hmm...maybe use a Butter Bell? They keep your butter fresh at room temperature via airlock, and you could probably use the bell part as a mold.
We have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-284-Stoneware-Butter-Keeper/dp/B0000VLURQ
I love Amazon Prime. Whenever I need something for the kitchen, it's usually there.
[I've got something like this, which I like for in-mug infusing:]
[This also looks like it might be good - an on-cup infuser:]
Or a glass teapot - I have one identical to this, which is easy to use and clean:
There's a lot of different approaches to brewing tea, just one of which is the familiar teapot method. A really popular glass one is https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0007WTBQ0/. One really good reason for white/glass teaware is that they allow you to easily evaluate the color of your tea, which is helpful in appreciating it better and learning how to brew your tea.
When you say Japanese style, do you mean the Kyusu teapot, or do you mean teaware with Japanese designs on them?
I have this one which I use at work:
It's about the right size for 2-3 cups of tea and works really well. Added bonus is that if you take the mesh out you can steep a flowering tea and watch it bloom!
> hario teapot
Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot (700ml) Hario https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007WTBQ0/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_bxaHzbVRCQ14M via @amazon
Hario Fukami Tea Pot (700ml) Hario https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BD1O0WO/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_wAaHzbACZRYP5 via @amazon
Hario Pure Glass Tea Pot (700ml) Hario https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002GYVDKO/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_exaHzb99HJJDR via @amazon
At 700 mL (23.7 oz) they seem a bit small compared to the other 40 oz pots I've been looking at. Thanks for the recommendation, though!
This one is super highly rated and recommended.
This is nice since it will work with any mug.
Something like this looks really nice and works well.
I had one just like this that I loved.
I had one like this that was cherished until it broke. It worked amazingly well. And there's this if you want to make more than one cup!
You really want to find something large that gives the tea leaves room to expand. The cute novelty ones are adorable, but don't steep the tea very well. You can also reuse the leaves so don't throw them away after one use!!
Also if you have one near you, David's Teas have super cute stuff. There's also a /r/tea subreddit :)
Invest in an infuser and start drinking loose leaf tea. The dust/scraps that go into bagged tea can't hold a candle to the fresh, rich flavour you get out of the full leaf. You can find single-serve mugs, mesh strainers, and full-size kettles. The difference is noticeable and makes the whole experience more enjoyable.
I just ordered this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007WTBQ0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;smid=A3TCNCNGLOHBSA. It gets great reviews--check out the review by stevek216. I can update when I get it.
Those look great!
I am a tea fiend, so I can help you out most there. :) I personally own the first cup and am personally not happy with it, despite its good looks. (FYI, tea leaves easily get stuck in the drain slits, not to mention it's incredibly fragile.)
I would instead suggest this teapot instead, which is still glass and the filter is good quality. Pro-tip: For tea that expands into much larger leaves (blossoming or oolong teas), no need for the filter so you can see the beauty of the tea expanding. :) Another suggestion would be the Teavana Perfectea Maker for a gravity brewer that lets you see the tea leaves brewing.
I'm building a new brewing system, and today I built a 10 gallon cooler mashtun using all SS fittings. Having learned from past experiences, I came up with this build, which is just about the simplest way to make a mashtun.
What you'll need:
10 gallon Igloo cooler $41
Bayou Classic 1/2" SS Bulkhead $30
1/2" MTP Bazooka Screen $9
1/2" Male hose barb $8 (you can probably find one of these cheaper at your LHBS, I had one lying around)
Tools: Teflon tape, and a crescent wrench.
Total Cost: $88
My round 10gal Igloo cooler keeps temps within 1deg-2deg for 60mins with no issue.
It's this one: http://www.amazon.com/Igloo-Gallon-Beverage-dispenser-Dispenser/dp/B000F6SHTK/
I do 5-6 gal batches and the 10gal cooler is definitely worth it because it gets close to full on high ABV (8%+) mashes.
You sya you don't have the tools to make the mash tun and brew pot. I assemlbe my mash tun, HLT, and brew pot with two 10inch adjustable wrenches, a standard dewalt drill, a carbonate cutting bit, a stepped cutting bit, and some cutting oil. If you have the drill everything else would cost around 50 bucks, then you also gain tools with your equipment. The hardest part is cutting holes in the pot for a thermometer.
Either way to make the Mashtun and MTL you would only need 2 10 inch adjustable wrenches.
Up to you, but here is some all grain kits you could look at:
You can make a 10 gallon mash tun for under 100 dollars:
10 Gallon cooler (~$50)
1/2 female npt fitting(~$5)
Total: 78 dollars. You can buy 2 10 inches adjustable wrenches for 20 dollars (https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-90-949-10-Inch-MaxSteel-Adjustable/dp/B000NIDIXA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1486068379&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=10+inch+adjustable+wrench)
so even having to buy tools its still under 100 dollars to make the Mash tun. The hot liquor tank will be the same price minus the screen, npt fitting, and tools. I personally made mine even cheaper buy using a 5 gallon htl instead of a 10 gallon and that will drop the price 25 more dollars. There is 0 drilling involved you simply unscrew the old plastic tap and put the weld ball valve in its place, it took me less than 10 min to make my new HTL on Monday.
Also, and this is really important to why I say build yourself, any mash tun you buy is going to be put together the same way it just matters whether you put it together or someone else does, either way the quality will be identical.
If you need a sparge arm for fly sparge you can make that out of pvc pipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-jgmgbwvg4
My two cents, even though you don't believe in you. I do, if you feel like saving money you can absolutely make all this stuff yourself and it doesn't require you be good at anything more than thinking like a logical person.
Can you link to that Amazon deal? I don't see it there. A friend of mine is looking for a mash tun and that would be perfect for him.
Edit: Never mind... I found it. Was looking for Gott and it is an Igloo.
buy a cooler to be converted into a mashtun!
or a kettle and ballvalve!
No problem! If it makes any difference, my opinion is to get a 10 gallon round water cooler. $47 bucks with free shipping:
10 gallon cooler
False Bottom - Valve adapter
Please shop around. I have no doubt you could get some of this stuff for cheaper. I was restricted in that my only form of currency was Amazon gift cards. Especially the adapter could be built / constructed for much cheaper than I paid.
Additionally, instead of the false bottom / adapter, one could simply employ a Bazooka Screen instead of a false bottom, I have just read that false bottoms are more effective and less prone to problems.
DISCLAIMER - Always do your own research and make sure the parts that you are buying are all compatible and properly sized, etc. etc.
Having said that, the parts I listed above are exactly what I ordered and all fit together perfectly, I just needed to go out and buy a female coupler (to attach the valve to the hose from the false bottom) and a washer (per the included instructions with the valve, which had a additional washer for my configuration).
Making a mash tun out of this 10 gallon cooler. What ball valve should I buy to insure it fits?
Bring one of these and then make your own Chai. =)
I've been using this is that not good?
Thanks for the info, I'll try and give those Upton Tea Import suggestions a go!
For single cups, my mom uses this type of handy guy.
I've been wanting to get something like this one.
Both work for loose leaf, both are good for small quantities, both are fairly cheap.
I'm sure that's incorrect too but I'm not as much of a tea snob. So typically, tea snobs prefer people to use an infuser than a tea ball but it depends on the tea. Apparently you want more room for full leaf teas to grow. Honestly though, I've never had an issue with my tea filters. However, I'm cheep and I now use this infuser but my husband prefers this one or a French press.
If you get really into tea, there are teas that do need that extra room but your average Irish breakfast isn't going to need it.
My dream, it has become real. I wanted to do something similar for years, well done finding the motivation to actuate it.
I'd always picture using something like: https://www.amazon.com/Adagio-Teas-ingenuiTEA-Bottom-Dispensing-Teapot/dp/B000FPN8TK/
It’s a tea brewer/ strainer like this:
Adagio Teas 16 oz. ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispensing Teapot https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FPN8TK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_29l1Cb61CSYJV
They can be a PIA to clean.
electric kettle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0086UJQN8/ref=od_aui_detailpages01?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
teapot by itself (do not heat the water in this.)
I highly recommend a tea brewer like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Adagio-Teas-ingenuiTEA-Bottom-Dispensing-Teapot/dp/B000FPN8TK/
It'll open the world to loose leaf and your options become vast. Otherwise check out Adagio or David's Tea for Mightly Leaf like teas.
I swear by ingenuiTEA (they also have a 64oz one). I've bought all the tea lovers in my life one. It's dishwasher-safe, the handle never gets hot to the touch, and you can steep as little or as much loose-leaf as you like. It's freaking magic to everyone who sees it for the first time, because it's gravity-fed and all the tea drains out through the bottom into the mug.
Make sure you buy at least one spare filter, though. I've accidentally thrown one away when throwing out the used tea leaves (look, I don't function well in the morning before I've had my first cuppa, okay???) and another time I accidentally popped one out in the sink and it fell down the garbage disposal, I didn't see it, turned on the disposal, and it made the most god-awful noise. Whoops.
\ They recommend the 64oz size good for "brewing a pitcher of iced tea". Well, screw that, I have a 72oz monster mug and you bet your ass I'm going to enjoy every last drop. Pitchers, hah.
Just another tip, gunpowder green tea is pretty good and it's one of the cheapest loose-leaf types I've found. Five or six bucks (USD) for a quarter pound, which should get you two cups a day for about a month if you reuse the leaves. If there's a Peet's Coffee and Tea near you, they sell it, or you can get it (along with other great teas) at Harney and Sons.
I use this to brew my loose leaf tea, it's dead simple. And of course, once you start getting obsessed you can check out /r/tea for more info.
I'll add to the anecdotal evidence: I drink tea all the time now, which both keeps me feeling full and stops me from drinking more high-calorie beverages. That's enough for me even if tea doesn't have any weight loss benefits beyond that.
yeah i can see that coming in handy. i kind of want one of these now https://www.amazon.com/Adagio-Teas-ingenuiTEA-Bottom-Dispensing-Teapot/dp/B000FPN8TK
That is particularly the Adagio IngenuiTEA: https://www.amazon.com/Adagio-Teas-ingenuiTEA-Bottom-Dispensing-Teapot/dp/B000FPN8TK
When I started with loose tea I got one of these and eventually got one of these. I mostly use the IngenuiTEA, but still use the Finum filter occasionally.
The Keuring aint mine. It's my roommates. If I were to donate it, it would end very badly. Haha.
He also bought me a tea thingy and a bunch of teas.
I love all of it.
I have this and it's awesome! I love it! You add hot water, stir and just put the cup on the bottom.
On Amazon US. The red ones are sold out, but the silver ones are still in stock. Too small for my taste, but they look nice.
The ones used early in the series were from ESMA
why not both?
Only one: http://www.amazon.com/DCI-Glass-Holds-Whole-Bottle/dp/B000VKOK6O/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top/186-4460284-0031726
No, one of these: http://www.amazon.com/DCI-Glass-Holds-Whole-Bottle/dp/B000VKOK6O
maybe he was using one of these glasses
Wooden photo cubes (I get them from Photobarn with groupons/coupons)
Personalized water bottle - I have been given this as a gift and I love it
Tiny book from Social Print Studio or tiny stickers
Custom decal for car or laptop Nerdy Noodle
Stationery with pens or washi tape
Dictionary Prints CollageOrama
Quotable Magnet (I know there are some at Barnes & Noble)
Hot/cold mug - Disappearing Dino or Constellations - I've found it at Half Price Books Before
Mandala Coloring book with color pencils
Please note I don't work for any of these companies or have personal connections, I've just used them before with good results. I tried to think of things that were under $15
This mug is pretty awesome, I think. The dinosaur turns to bones when the mug gets hot. It's a little more than ten though :p
I've got a bunch of D-letter items, and I couldn't choose, lol
DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations Syrup, Blackberry Blood Orange
Disney Doc McStuffins Magic Check Up Center
Disappearing Dinosaur Mug
Doublju Womens Plus-Size Long Sleeves Knit Jersey Tunics
Woo, that was hard on mobile lol
This thing is great, I had one in college.
We own the same mug.
I have this one, I like it. It has a little lever thing to lift the basket out of the water so you don't over-brew.
>This might work for you: http://www.amazon.com/Aladdin-10-00753-002-Tea-Infuser-Mug/dp/B001Q3L9P0
>The mug is microwave safe, so all you need is it, a way to measure the tea, and the tea itself. It's worked very well for me so far.
u/BouncingYeti made a good suggestion! It's something I'm looking into. Hope this is what you're looking for as well :)
I've had this Aladdin infuser tumbler over a year and I have put it through hell. It still looks new and keep my tea too hot to drink over an hour ands it's not cold after two and a half-ish. I know several people who have them and love them.
This might be what you initially described. It's a go mug where you put your tea leaves into a basket, flip a lever to lower the tea leaves into the hot water, and then can raise the basket when steeping is done.
I use the Aladdin Perfect Cup as my travel mug.
Would you like a falafel with that? awesome tea infuser? My sister is a college student and lives in the dorms so she's pretty limited in what she can do in the way of tea. She got me hooked on tea and I'd love to get her one of these!
EDIT: Check out your college's website. Usually they include a list of stuff to bring. I highly suggest flip flops (crappy ones to wear in the shower), disposable cleaning wipes, a first aid kit, rain boots (seriously. there's nothing like a crap load of rain to keep you from going to class, a nice umbrella or poncho, and lots of tupperware (big and small) to keep things organized. Also, you may want to invest in a small safe to keep your awesome stuff locked up tight. Your roommate might be great, but you never know...
Rookie mistake. You need these binoculars.
I know what you’re up to...
Solution. Get some glasses, smoke a bunch of cigarettes, and tell people it's a Martin Brody cosplay.
Pointing it out because it was pure and untainted joy. I was at the event and after the streak was broken I stood like for a while and then grabbed my binoculars and chugged whiskey until I nearly blacked out and almost don't remember the glorious main event.
What is this amateur hour?
I would highly recommend a ninja drinking device, something like this:
You most definitely need the toilet mug for $12.48. Its flashy and classy!
...turns out toilet coffee mugs are a thing that exist.
well I have never been married...but if I ever do or what not I would probably go for something like This or This
This is funny
Oh how I wish I was a platypus!
If you want to go the other way here's a toilet mug.
Omg I love mugs!!! This one is pretty awesome. XD
A toilet mug and an inflatable sheep.
It's worth the money.
Does it need to be
etchedcut crystal? Glencairns are one of the standard whiskey glasses. They're very narrow and are made to enhance the nose. I believe I've seen etchedcut crystal glencairns before.
A set of Stölzle Glencairn whisky glasses at $24.95.
It's too quiet in here!
And this would make me happy!
Related fact: The term “whisky” is actually derived from the Gaelic words uisage beatha, which in turn came from the Latin Acqua Vitae or “water of life.” It’s thought that the name refers to the fact that whisky was first used by monks for medicinal purposes.
Less than $8 Can't beat it IMO.
For $50 to $100 I'd stay away from buying them watches. Watches can be a very particular item for people and you don't want the gift to just sit in a drawer if they don't like the specific model you gave them. How about something unique like this:
Whiskey Stones, Whiskey Glass
& an entry level bottle of Pappy Van Winkle
That is an inexpensive gift that even a connoisseur would appreciate.
This is who made the official Reddit Glencairn glasses. (might be coming back to a subredit near you soon)
From the big stores.
If you want it
Flower petals, fake may work better, but I think their pretty classy.
ice I know it may not last long, but you could make a bunch of these and stick them in a bowl for center peices, and possibly put some black glitter in the bottom of it. Extra points if you can somehow get some uhm...that weird ice stuff that makes things smokey. That'd be boss.
I'm trying to think of cheap Ideas, haha.
The only other idea I have, is to get skull shot glasses like this and fill them with purple dyed water/glitter ect. Very small, but still something. Could even get the petals to go around it.
orrr get something like this to go in a smaller sugar skull vase/cup.
These are neat! They look kind of purpley and small. You could get again, flower petals, or silk flowers to border them. That would be cute.
I found this on google. Could probably make it by hand but its a little out there.
Doily + candle., could even use the no flame ones I linked.
I hope your wedding is absolutely wonderful! I demand pictures, because that seriously seems like an awesome idea and I'm pretty jelly. I wanna see how it turns outttt!
You can put a Trojan on my Hard Drive anytime ;)
Forgot my item: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005S2KUEQ/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_ap_am_us?ie=UTF8
$6.65 with free prime shipping
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For beverages I actually sometimes use this. Mainly for driving and other games where I don't have to move a lot, as it could be get fizzy/foamy.
There's no need to be stupid about this. These have been around for years : https://www.amazon.com/EZ-DRINKER-Beer-Guzzler-Helmet/dp/B006CUJXMI
VR goggles, drone and beer helmet
Slap a city emblem on this and you are good to go!
It might take some adjustment, but I found a solution for you: https://www.amazon.com/Beer-Soda-Guzzler-Helmet-Drinking/dp/B006CUJXMI
Nah.. we already have this one
though maybe it will need 28th century technology to make it look not stupud
I prefer the beer hat. I don't really know how to describe it, but it looks like this.
Obtain a flask, order a soda, then take in to the bathroom stall and make your own mixed drink. This freedom flask will get past any pat down and can hold enough booze to cover you and all your friends.
Freedom Flask. http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Flask/dp/B006WV1HV2/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8
Or use a soft collapsible water bottle like this if you're bringing in a backpack and just place it at the bottom of the bag and cover it with stuff on top. Just make sure you get in line with a security person that isn't too thorough. My backpack has a extra compartment for a hydration bladder so I stuff it in there.
It's called a freedom flask and it's awesome. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006WV1HV2?pc_redir=1411945668&amp;robot_redir=1
Most beer people will have plenty of glassware, but DFH/Sierra Nevada IPA glasses are pretty cool and most people I know have really liked using them.
I guess this goes without saying but make sure when you pour it from the bottle you just tip the bottle upside down over the glass and let it drain. Also, I drink left hand milk stout from a Spiegelau https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTPUT3S/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_nAYtub02QEWZQ Happy drinking!
Nice beer glasses.
Thank you and happy holidays to both of you.
Right here: http://www.dogfish.com/store/glassware/dogfish-ipa-glass.htm
Be forewarned its like $20 shipped and you can get the set of 2 from amazon without the DFH engraving for about the same price
Amazon also has it.
Edit: May not have etching
My sister had a set of these and used them at the beach to great success.
One of mankind's greatest inventions.
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Maybe something like this?
Plastic Condiment Squeeze Bottles with Red Tip Cap 16-ounce Set 6 for Ketchup, Mustard, BBQ, Dressing, Sauces, Crafts and More Pinnacle Mercantile https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OZOW6E0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_UIgBCbARRY6A7
I’ve found that these work great. I’d highly suggest them.
I use these for pg and VG. Nic I use disposable transfer pipets.
links just to the two items Im talking about: never using amazon lists again:
bottles w nozzle
VG that comes in compatible bottle
GREAT QUESTION. So I've used those disposable fleet enemas in the past. We didn't have any, so he rummaged in the kitchen until he found one of these. Filled it with warm water and helped me, um, apply it as needed.
I bought these: Plastic Squeeze Condiment Bottles with Red Tip Cap 16-ounce Set of 6 https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00OZOW6E0
I use these or something functionally identical: https://smile.amazon.com/Condiment-16-ounce-Dressing-Pinnacle-Mercantile/dp/B00OZOW6E0/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1Q1LZ6NOG3XSW&amp;keywords=squirt+bottle&amp;qid=1554754083&amp;s=gateway&amp;sprefix=unbranded%2Caps%2C151&amp;sr=8-5. So yeah, that's about 500ml.
I think greater concentrations of sugar should actually help fight spoilage bacteria. Higher viscosity should make it harder for bacteria to reproduce. Maple syrup can mold, but honey can't. I'm pretty sure that's at least in part because honey has a greater sugar content.
But that doesn't help much. Most recipes call for either 1:1 or 2:1 sugar:water and deviating from that will require annoying recipe changes.
I think greater concentrations of sugar means more settling/crystalization. But you ought to be able to just shake the sugar back into suspension. There's only so much sugar you can dissolve in to water. Somewhere above 3:1 or 4:1 it will require heat to maintain the suspension.
Shut Up And Take My Money!
STAND TALL, YET BRACE FOR A FALL. Idk what's going on but I'm going to stand here drinking tea out of this mug.
I'm looking for the same thing right now. I'm torn between the Libre Tea Glass and the Aladdin Tea Infuser Mug.
When I'm at work and don't want to bother with hot water, I just use my Travel Mug with the regular amount of tea, fill it with cold water and let it sit for a while.
Do you want it portable like a to go mug?
My wife and I have been using these for a few years now. It allows me to pull up the lever and stop the infusion. We've only had a few issues. We separated the double wall on one of them at one point. I think we just tightened it too much. Also the lever on one is starting to drip the wet tea back into the water.
I have this mug! I use it basically every day at work. It's awesome and you won't regret having bought it.
Edit: For those wondering which mug this was.
https://www.amazon.com/Aladdin-Perfect-Infuser-12oz-Chai/dp/B001Q3L9P0/ this one?
I rec this one, Davidstea Tea Press stops the infusion, though the tea is on the bottom. Similar to a french press, but the mesh style stops the infusion. Better leaf expansion and less moving parts. https://www.davidstea.com/us_en/teaware/teaware/travel-mugs-and-tumblers/tea-press-black/902592US01.html?cgid=teaware-travel-mugs-tumblers&dwvar_902592US01_color=101000#sz=24&start=25
There are many like this one https://www.theteaspot.com/products/urban-glass-tea-tumbler where you can flip and pull out the filter from the bottom. Or others with a basket that you can remove from the top.
My friend has the Aladdin Tea Infuser Mug. She got it recently (about a month or two ago) but uses it every day and loves it. It is especially great on the go since you make the tea in the same mug you drink it from. Its Microwaveable, dishwasher safe, made of BPA-free plastic and has pretty good reviews.
You should give gunpowder and sencha a try and see what variety you prefer. Maybe give some oolongs a shot as well
Thats why i actually like this one better. It lets you put the tea back into the lid after steeping. I bring it to work and use the same earl grey leaves all day re-steeping for a couple minutes with hot water.
Never heard of it but it has 4 (out of 5) stars from customers on Amazon! Here is a link
I have that one. It's great, and keeps liquid so warm that I usually have to let it sit open for a while to even make it drinkable. The only problem for me is that the filter is a separate piece and if you want to keep your leaves for a second resteep then that means finding a place to store it in your bag/backpack when its hot and wet. Thats why I'm considering buying the below one.
This is the best flask.
Flasks are definitely the way to go. I have a flask that looks like a pair of binoculars that I take every year. Walk right through security with it hanging around my neck, no questions have ever been asked. I also take it out to COTA.
Buy those binoculars that double as a flask
probably thought it was a flask https://www.amazon.com/Forum-Novelties-52943-Double-Binocular/dp/B0021X2WQY
Here you go my friend!
because I want to let people know that I conserve water and is very environmentally friendly! :D (okay, maybe not, but why not?)
I'm not very good at pranks. Um. In the fifth grade I told my friend it was my birthday and she believed me. but for real, my family adjusted my clock to the wrong time and I got mad because I thought I would be late to school.
One time I went to school and I was really tired so I just went through the motions. Turns out that I was wearing my underwear on the outside. Just like Captain America. And the funny part is that I didn't notice until my friend starting laughing at me.
Random thing on my list. I need it to look "cool" and it would be a funny prop.
to infinity and beyond
Toilet Bowl Mug
That is an amazing mug.
I was considering buying this mug but now I'm not sure about which is better.
Try it on Amazon. It's about half the price, too.
I like this one better - http://www.amazon.com/Big-Mouth-Toys-Toilet-Mug/dp/B002SQG4TU/ref=pd_sim_k_1
Yep! $13 on amazon: BigMouth Inc The Original Toilet Mug https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002SQG4TU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_NIVYzb33HVBFC
/u/glanmiregirl because it seems like she is having a sad day, and she deserves to have a happy day, because of all of the things she does to help make RAOA an amazing place to be. I think she needs Googly Eyes because googly eyes = smiles. It's on her Miscellaneous list. She also needs something to put googly eyes on. It's on her Home & Kitchen list.
You can buy it on Amazon
this is better
[This] (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Mouth-Toys-Toilet-Mug/dp/B002SQG4TU/ref=pd_sim_k_2) made me laugh so hard I also added to my WL :D
This, this, dad bod fanny pack, toilet mug, swimsuit, and anything from this company
Kind of like this?
You can get your own.
You could also consider getting him some of these for the gift if he doesn't already have any:
I have these. I'm not sure about the decorative one's OP has, but the ones I bought are very thin and light weight compared to glass versions I've tried.
Joey Magnus or some Glencairns. Even a Glencairn Tasting/Carrying Set.
I too am a scotch drinker. Here are some of my favorite books on the subject:
Guide to Urban Moonshining
How to make whiskey
The Complete guide to single malt scotch
Some of them are about making whiskey but they go into details on the history and background of different whiskeys which i found very interesting. My favorite of the 3 is the urban moonshining one.
I haven't used one before but you could also get him a nice water dropper for whiskey and/or a glencairn glass.
something like that? Thanks!
I enjoy Islays much more from a wider-nosed Canadian Whisky glass than from an aroma focussing Glencairn Scotch whisky glass.
I'm a last minute shopper on this one, but absolutely turning to Amazon next time.
$25 for 4 here: http://www.amazon.com/Glencairn-Whisky-Glass-Set-4/dp/B003QX2JMA
Have you checked out this badass crystal skull glass? to tip you over to 101% badassness?
Or perhaps this go for the more traditional fancy with these beautiful glasses?
When you have some time on your hands, perhaps these freezable glasses may suit you! you know, when you are done looking at the 10 Practical Speed Skating Secrets From Julia Roberts
I took some pictures of a couple of Glencairns I have around, one is a known genuine glass purchased in person from the Glen Garioch Distillery, the other is from a 4-pack on Amazon (note it was priced at ~$24 when I bought it). To me, they look and feel exactly the same. The etching is also the same as far as I can tell. The packaging for the Glen Garioch glasses is obviously different from a standard Glencairn, but the Amazon glasses came in a plain cardboard box with 4 individually boxed glasses in it.
Album with a few comparison pictures.
It would cool to get a crazy looking glass, but if you want to appreciate the whiskey like an aficionado, go with a set of Glencairn tulip shaped whiskey glasses, found here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003QX2JMA/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1451185016&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SY200_QL40&amp;keywords=glencairn+whisky+glass&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=41WvftP2%2BmL&amp;ref=plSrch
They are the perfect shape to capture the aromas of the whiskey, examine the "legs", and allow the whiskey to hit your tongue correctly.
looks like you can get 2 for $18 rather than 1 @ ~$7 each.
When I am thirsty I love to drink Coca Cola. I will never drink water when I am thirsty. Unless that water has been converted to tea, lemonade, or koolaid!
Whiskey glass so we can be fancy butts.
The one that I've gone to, twice and a third time next year :), was very much worth it; there were scotches, bourbons, ryes, vodkas, gins, rums, etc everywhere. There was also free apps, loved me the smoked salmon, for days. AND I got to keep the snifter, or Glencairn, that I used throughout the night.
My ticket was $75, for all you can drink, from $1000 bottles, and all you can eat. That really just replaces a couple of weeks worth of going out; it's more than worth it.
Hope yours is similar, both in experience and in price :)
Really, on a Monday?
Happy future birthday! Drink responsibly. It's no bueno to me projectile vomiting on a day of happiness.
I found this really awesome skull shot glass.
The cheapest thing for me is a skull shot glass. I recently turned 21 and only have cheap $1 plastic shot glasses from Target.
Fear: My wife dying and leaving me with my daughter. I spend so much time at work that I don't know all of the little details about my daughter and I'd be so lost.
Pet peeve: People who drag me away from something, and then say nevermind.
Food: Probably spaghetti.
For anyone curious about the skull glasses they were using, Amazon Link.
Just bought a couple as xmas gifts, they're pretty slick.
This For clarification on relation of #2
4. I think it counts :D
9. I'd consider it a tool, buut some may not.
10. This was the best as a kid. Still is xD
12. I game a lot
13. Best i could come up with
14. Some may call it unnatural...
17. Gotta have em all :P
18. Jelly beans! :D
This will clarify #19
20. This most definitely :P
Happy happy cake day! Make it rock.. you only get one a year... :P
By the way, of few of those say they were added August 3rd, but it was honestly at like 2 in the morning before I went to bed, so I thought they were added yesterday.
There you go sir, enjoy your Whiskey in style :)
Here's the german amazon site for it, it can ship to sweden so you might be able to use it
$5 on Amazon.
My goal is to get enough money to build my dream house and open a bar or comic book shop. Its just a way for me to connect with the people who have no one in their lives to connect to. I want to pay it forward to the young nerds who have no friends or a way to express themselves (like how I used to be).
How about this shot glass?
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Amazon has it also. Prime shipping. Not sure about amazon canada.
Amazon - as seen on reddit a few weeks ago :)
Tori's totally tubular. Thanks for doing this contest :-)
There's always this option: https://www.amazon.com/Beer-Soda-Guzzler-Helmet-Drinking/dp/B006CUJXMI
This might help too
Have fun and be safe!
You didn't say it had to look good, did you?
Good, because this is pretty rad and should solve all your problems. You won't be playing Lift it! with it though, that would kinda look silly.
In a blunder of archeology they basically said Vikings wore this:
I'd like to see this for the potion drink-other.
If you forgot your Gaming Helmet then you're on your own
Looks like it's called a Freedom Flask ........classy
Link to buy it since OP is a scumbag
These are seriously great. I've used them to take pipes into festivals too. Makes it kinda awkward on the walk in, but if you just keep it so that it doesn't stick out, you're good. Haven't failed me once.
I also have this for sneaking in booze in larger quantities. Used it 3 times so far. The first 2 times, no problem. The 3rd time, security felt it on the pat down and mentioned it, but they could tell it was just something squishy and let it go. (they are really only concerned about weapons, but if you are obvious about your stash, they'll jack you)
The crotch "Freedom" Flask
Yeah don't expect to get anything in that isn't concealed well somewhere. Alcohol is tough because it takes up so much space. My basic rule for any festival is not to bring in anything I can't hide in my crotch. You could order one of these https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Flask/dp/B006WV1HV2
My wife uses a Freedom Flask each ACL. Works wonders, and we simply buy sprites or teas and pour in some Dripping Springs vodka from the flask.
It's definitely a flask. I thought about getting one but I can't get over the dispensing method.
I do about 90% of my online shopping at Amazon. They have a set of 2 of the IPA glasses for $20. They also have a pretty cool Spieglau "Tasting Kit" for $40.
The Spiegelau IPA Glass is nice but it's easy to break. Really any 19-20 oz glass will hold a pint plus foam. Holds 16 oz plus foam no promlem. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTPUT3S/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_SqJmxbQ063BRP
Not even a mention of the TeKu? The glass was invented to practically replace the standard pint. I feel this list is good, but could use some help.
About the TeKu:
"Teo Musso is the founder of Baladin Brewery in Italy. He collaborated with Italian sensory analysis expert Kuaska to create the Teku glass (the name Teku is an amalgamation of the names ‘Teo’ and ‘Kuaska’.) Musso’s goal in creating the Teku was to come up with an industry standard glass that could be used for the sensory analysis of all kinds of beer. He was inspired by the ISO glass with is the glass that is used to conduct the sensory evaluation of wine. Musso made a range of prototypes and had Kuaska evaluate them all. The resulting glass is both elegant and functional and is carried in many Italian specialty beer bars and brewpubs."
And about about the IPA glass?
"he Spiegelau IPA glass is designed to showcase varying aromatic profiles for the American 'hop forward' IPA beer, preserve a frothy head and volatiles and maintain a comfortably wide opening for the drinker to "nose" the beer"
The list is nice, but missing the specialty glasses that have been engineered for better beer experiences.
Amazon links for those interested:
No, they're Spieglau IPA glasses.
Are you looking for looking for the Spiegelau IPA/Stout/Wheat beer glasses? Or just a Tulip, Snifter, etc. glass?
I doubt you'll be able to find the The Spiegelau glasses locally unfortunately.
IPA Glass, Stout Glass, Wheat Beer Glass
The IPA and Stout glasses are available on Amazon.
The Wheat beer glass might only be available on Bell's Brewery website, not sure.
I know its super late and you have already bought the gift but here is the IPA glass I use and they are amazing. Thought you might want to let him know or find this interesting if you like beer yourself. http://smile.amazon.com/Spiegelau-2-Pack-Classics-Glass-19-Ounce/dp/B00BTPUT3S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1421783540&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=spiegelau+ipa+glas
Looks similar to the Spiegelau IPA glass
This is the one I bought. Do you suggest I try and hide/bury it in my bag or make it somewhat visible to not draw suspicion?
usually my go-tos at festivals are the Gyros and the Lo Mein, but last year was my first time at EF and I hit up the two classics: Peace Love Tacos and Spicy Pie. Y'all were raving about both these fellas so I had to try it (much like Saturday Night String Cheese). A+ all around.
Also, the fresh squeezed lemonades are crucial, especially when combined with this nifty little trick
It looks like sunscreen, but really ... it's better. ;) I don't have to tell you what it'll help you do! Haha.
For the ladies, fake tampon flasks.
We've gotten booze into the most stringent of music festivals this way - the back of the bottle does say THIS IS A FLASK if you look closely, but security usually just sees the orange tube and moves on.
(might not help for a night game in the winter, though.)
I somehow got one of these past security last year filled to the brim with fireball. Just make sure you tape the top because they are not leak-proof.
if you grab a scale the lb-501 is probably the most popular, but people pick up the little dealer scales too. you just want to make sure it has .01 g accuracy and the ability to stay on without an auto-shutoff. people like to throw their VG and PG in condiment bottles you can get at the dollar store. transfer the nic into a brown glass bottle with an eyedropper, just use an old ejuice bottle you probably have laying around and leave it in the fridge, makes things a little easier. elr has tons of recipes and a good calculator plus lets you keep notes. defintely check out the other sub, people can even help you refine a recipe or help figure out clone recipes. here's a clip demoing by volume vs by weight, good luck man
Don't store it in the can.
Puncture the lid with a shitty old knife on either side or if you have a regular can opener, break the seal on either side then use a sturdy butter knife or a flat screwdriver (wash the screw driver) to widen one of the holes so you get a better pour. Don't use a good knife. You'll ruin in.
Or just buy a churchkey.
We buy big bottles of maple syrup and keep em in the back of the fridge. I refill one of[ these bottles] (https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Squeeze-Condiment-Bottles-16-ounce/dp/B00OZOW6E0/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1468407739&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=CONDIMENT+BOTTLE) as necessary (as my husband makes pancakes/waffles, I throw the bottle in a bowl of hot water to let the syrup get warm).
So a quick review:
As far as the cleaner goes:
As far as cleaning goes:
Glass cleaning is pretty good, although you have to work a bit harder than my homemade glass cleaner...it does clean the glass & leave it streak-free, although at an angle I could see some "foggy" spots. This is the recipe for my homemade glass cleaner, which is wicked amazing:
Directions: (works great, WAY better than Windex!)
Anyway...I'm a bit sensitive to smells, and the FON spray definitely smelled like a pool to me. It's not a "nice, light, fresh, clean" scent like Febreze or something...it smells like a chlorinated pool. Not like a "whack you in the face" smell like Lysol with Bleach, but strong enough to be noticeable. The smell does dissipate pretty well after ten minutes or so, but if you're working extensively in a small, poorly-ventilated space like a half-bathroom, make sure to leave the door open!
So far so good...it's cleaned everything I've thrown at it! One thing I was really happy with is my plastic squeeze bottles for cooking oil...I have various plastic squeeze bottles like this:
I use them for various oils like olive oil, canola oil, etc. for easy squirting while cooking. The plastic tends to get VERY greasy from the oil & I've never quite been able to de-grease them, even with liquid dish soap or in the dishwasher. The FON spray did a GREAT job with them! Granted, they sucked up a little bit of the chlorine smell into the outside, but at least they're not all greasy when I touch them anymore!
I have a large supply of capsules from the one-year starter kit, so I'll continue to use them & see how they fare. So far, it seems to be a pretty universal cleaner, and despite the chlorine scent (which isn't horrible, and also airs out after awhile, for the most part), isn't killing my nose, making me dizzy, or giving me headaches from the noxious smell like other cleaning chemicals do. I'll have to give it a try on carpet next, to see how it fares...
I swear by these commercial kitchen squeeze bottles for any homemade condiment that I don't want to accidentally pour too much of onto something. You might need to shake a little harder to get the dressing well-mixed as opposed to something with a whisk/blender/shakerball involved, but I've never had a problem with making a vinaigrette-style salad dressing right in the bottle.
I think they're referring to this type of bottle - the one you see ketchup served in at hot dog stands and the like.
I try and keep it simple. I have a shed in my backyard which is finished and serves as my home office/man cave.
I keep everything there except my Nic which is stored in my freezer.
I take the Nic out and dilute it down to 60mg from 100 and keep that in a plastic 30ml bottle. I secure that because I have kids.
For my VG and PG I bought some cheap condiment bottles off of Amazon (link below) which makes it easier to work with.
Then I have my flavors and my scale.
I'm kind of a one flavor guy. I have one recipe that I really love so I really just stick to that. I've done it so many times I practically have it memorized. That's just me though.
So when it's time to mix up a new batch I bust out my 30ml Nic bottle, PG/VG, flavors and scale and mix it into a 100ml drip free reagent glass bottle I got from Nicotine River. Takes me like 5 minutes to whip up a batch, shake it up and let it rest.
I have two reagents that I cycle between so I have something to vape while the other steeps.
I transfer juice to a 30ml unicorn bottle for carrying it around and refilling my mod.
Plastic Squeeze Condiment Bottles with Red Tip Cap 16-ounce Set of 6 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OZOW6E0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_gy1Vzb36437WP
These are 32 bottles for $54.
OK well I'll give you my recipe, here's what you'll need:
1 large stock pot 30-32 quarts is what you're shooting for. I got mine at Walmart for much less than this.
Yeast nutrient I prefer fermaid K but you can use Fermax, avoid DAP for a while it's kinda rough to dial in for a novice and can cause funky stuff to happen.
Some form of CO2, you can use Wine Preservation spray or if you paintball like me, fill your tanks up at the local place, and just use a regulator to dispense it.
WLP-099 for yeast. You can also use Wyeast 4347 if you want it to finish a bit sweeter.
You need a bathtub full of apples (not kidding) this is about ~100-150 pounds. I live in New England and buy cider apples for cheap money when they're in season from an orchard.
18-21 pounds of honey depending on which yeast you're using and if you want it to finish sweet or dry, I like to use orange blossom honey for this recipe, but anything light such as clover or some wildflower honeys will work. If you go with the Wyeast stuff stick with 18 pounds, if you're using the White Labs stuff and you still want some residual sweetness, go for 21 pounds.
A juicer to crush your apples. You could do this manually, but you will hate your life.
A Carboy stirrer or a Wine Whip You could use a super long stainless steel spoon, but in all honesty these do a much better job.
A big ass primary bucket this is what I use now, but if you've got a pair of 6.5 gallon buckets you're good too. I drilled a hole in the top for my "dry airlock" These open at 0.25 PSI, and they're both indestructible and cheap, plus you'll never have to worry about forgetting to fill your airlocks.
2 6.5 gallon glass carboys (these will be MUCH cheaper locally due to shipping costs)
1 All in One Wine Pump with a 10" house filter setup You can get the 1 and 5 micron filters cheaper on Amazon then the site they link there, and for the 0.5 micron finishing filter you get that HERE
Start with a bathtub full of apples with the stopper in, after the tub is full, fill around the apples with hot water. let that soak overnight to loosen up the dirt and hydrate the apples as well as you can. All hot water, no cold for this. Stir up the apples gently.
Wash the apples in bunches the next day, I have my kids help me with this, any ones with bad spots they put aside so I can either reject them outright or just cut the bad spots off. Cut the apples into quarters, only remove the stem and any leaves don't worry about the core or seeds or anything else. Any bad spots or worm eaten apples throw into the garbage.
Run all of the cleaned apples through a juicer. Put the pulp into your big primary bucket & put the juice into your big ass pot.
Heat the juice to 200 degrees, add 3 to 3.5 pounds of honey per gallon of juice (depends on what yeast you're using) and stir until well mixed (and still at 200 degrees.) This is to pasteurize the apple juice and kill any wild yeast or other microbes. Don't boil it, 200 degrees is fine. You should have about 7-7.5 gallons of juice from a full bathtub of apples plus a crapload of solids.
Add 1 teaspoon of Fermaid K nutrient, 1/2 teaspoon wine tannin, and 2 crushed campden tablets, stir that bitch up good.
Pour that on to the apple solids in each bucket. Mix it quickly, and make sure it's still at least 185 degrees F. This will pasteurize your apple solids. If it is under 185 degrees, then either pour in some boiling water and get it back to temperature OR siphon some juice out, reheat that stuff and pour it back. This is the ONLY time you can add ANY water, and if you're quick with the apple juice you won't need boiling water and it will turn out MUCH better.
Wait 24 hours.
Pitch your yeast. For this brew I make a big ass starter of the WLP-099 or the Wyeast 4347. With 3.5 pounds of honey per gallon plus the 100% apple juice liquids, I end up with around 35-37 Brix, giving me a high potential alcohol. The WLP-099 typically eats it nicely if step fed and aerated daily for the first week to give around 22-23% ABV while still finishing sweet with 3 pounds per gallon of honey and the Wyeast 4347 it will finish slightly sweet at around 20-21% ABV.
Let it sit on the apple mash for 30 days, for the first week use the Carboy stirrer to mix it up good, every 3 days add 1/3 teaspoon yeast nutrient for the first 9 days (so initial addition during creation of the must, and an additional 1/3 teaspoon on days 3, 6 and 9 so 2 teaspoons total fermaid K.)
Let the mash sit unmolested from day 12 to day 30.
Siphon that off into glass carboys for secondary.
For this step I normally pull the mead through a 5 micron and then a 1 micron filter (both in a single pass with my filtration setup) this doesn't remove the yeast, but it makes sure no apple particulate is transferred into your secondary. It will still be very cloudy though, to the point where it is opaque, that's fine.
Hit the carboys with some CO2, either from wine preservation spray or the paintball canister setup like I said.
This is where I add spices and any other flavor. I have made a number of differently spiced Cysers, but my typical secondary includes 1/16 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground cinnamon.
After 30 more days I rack it off that, passing it once again through the 5 and 1 micron filters.
Then I hit it with CO2 to prevent oxidation and bulk age it. It doesn't move for at least 6 months, 12 if I can leave the carboys full for that long. After 2-3 months aging you can swap to a solid bung as you don't need the airlock anymore.
The mead will clear during aging. When it's transparent, it is ready to bottle. I do one more pass from my carboy through a 0.5 micron filter into another carboy, then siphon into my bottling bucket. I don't like bottling with my vacuum pump I suck at it and just make a big ass mess.
Yea it's a lot of work, but it's some of the best Cyser you'll ever have, and it's got one helluva kick so take care when you drink it.
Agreed here - Highland Park is great for working in the peat and smoke flavors that a lot of other bottles will hit you in the face with. I've had a dram of HP 18 (not enough) and just finished a bottle of HP 12 (one of my favorite daily drinkers) and they're both fantastic. Definitely enjoy this one slowly, maybe take a few drams and get some Wine Preserver and seal it back up if you plan on keeping it for a longer period of time. Maybe try some now, seal it up, and come back to it when you might have more experience with scotch.
Sorry for your loss, but congrats on your bottle. Sharing with family is a great way to taste it and enjoy what's been passed on to you. When my great aunt passed a couple years ago, I was given a great brandy and we all split the Dom P in her liquor cabinet, so that's always a great way to remember with your family.
One way to do it is to do what /u/PCnerd73 said. I've heard it's used by flavour manufactures and this process is called pre-steeping. You can do it with different stages of preparation (pre mixing your base, different flavour profiles, the whole recipe, etc.) and supposedly results should vary depending on your process. I've never gotten into experimenting with that so I can't really give any more advice.
However as everyone said no matter what you do and what process you use, this much juice will probably be exposed to too much air over time. I had the same attitude as you before (that oxidation wouldn't really be such a big problem for me), but after a period of time it really does become noticeably intolerable and lesson learned there.
Purchase a 50 or 100 ml black plastic bottle (depending on your usage levels, so you don't have to open the "main" jar too often) where you'll keep your liquid for current use, and the rest put in the refrigerator.
You should also buy some Argon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Private-Preserve-Preserver-Prevents-Oxidation/dp/B0000DCS18/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1463908614&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=argon+wine) which is used in wine preserving. You spray it into your main jar once you take out liquid, and put it back in the fridge.
As far as I know Argon is a heavy gas (which should be inert in our case), so what it does it push out all the oxygen out of the bottle, which in turn helps with preservation.
So to sum up all three - argon pushes out the oxygen, you keep it in the refrigerator which is a dark, cool place, so the three killers of e-liquid -- heat, light and oxygen, are being taken care of. That way you can preserve your liquid for a much higher period of time.
Inert gas in small canisters like this is affordable and worth considering. I'd just get an airtight amber glass container, some dessicant, and fill it with gas and bags/bottles of the chemical you're storing.
Is this similar to the private preserve you use?
What's your thoughts on how it works?
I was given a few air canisters of nitrogen as a gift.
The thought was I could open a bottle of wine, drink half the bottle, and by using the nitrogen, could remove much of the oxygen out of the bottle and preserve the bottle for a 2nd use.
I wonder if the same concept would work to better preserve an expensive/rare whiskey that's a quarter/half full.
That's what the movies keep telling me!
Honestly though, never put bourbon in a decanter for a long period of time. The oxidation will fuck up your whiskey. I store mine in their normal bottles and sometimes use [Wine Saver] (http://www.amazon.com/Private-Preserve-Wine-Preservation-Spray/dp/B0000DCS18) to keep them long term.
All you need is this:
And a way to get that inside your keg. Using a female connector to the gas post should do it fine. Or just open the keg up.
If this doesn’t work for you then just get some dry ice - any airgas or boc or any other gas supplier will sell it. Or you can even have it bloody delivered for $10:
Or if this won’t work get some glass marbles to take up the space inside the keg. No air, no problem.
I don’t know what else I can say really - you just have to use your head and find a way.
I keep my CXT in the freezer. Even after a year, my last liter (100mg/mL in PG) was still fresh and clear as ever. My current one is close to 6 months in, and showing no signs of oxidizing. I spray a few shots of this in it after re-filling my working bottle. Not sure if it's helping for certain, but I've had ZERO issues with oxidation when using it. I used to have a 120 mL working bottle which started showing some pinkness after a couple months, but I wasn't using the preservative in between mix sessions. Now I use a 30mL nice bottle for mixing, I don't preserve it, nor do I have problems since it gets freshened up once a month.
I know I say it on this sub all the time, but I can't see there being a better nicotine than what you get from Carolina Extracts. I've read countless horror stories about people getting dicked around by Nude Nicotine. (shipping times, incorrect base or strength, leaky bottles, shitty/no customer service, etc) I've also read plenty of other testimonials about people getting nicotine that is brown and harsh from numerous other vendors.
I have no affiliation with CXT, but I feel like if everyone here got their nicotine from them and stored it properly, we wouldn't be having a nicotine discussion every single day. Just my 2 cents.
EDIT: nothing against you or OP, I just went on a little tangent, and also realized OP in the UK so I don't know if he can even get CXT. I would have to imagine there has to be a similar company over there than cold presses their nic.
I'll assume you are talking about wine, with an alcohol content of less than 18%. Above that level bacterial oxidation is not much of an issue. Yes it is posssible, and not all that expensive
Minimize headspace in whatever container you are storing it in. If this isn't possible, check out this stuff called Private Preserve that you can use to replace the air with inert gas.
Actually it's not about filling the bottle up with something other than oxygen, it actually works in a completely different (and for a physicist, fascinating) way.
The can contains a mixture of argon and other inert gasses that are much heavier than air or pure oxygen. So when you spray them into the bottle, the mixture sits on top of the whisky, creating a barrier between it and the oxygen in the bottle. So instead of filling up the entire bottle with the mixture, you only need a couple of squirts to create that barrier between the whisky and air.
This is the stuff I've used, good for 200 uses or something ridiculous due to the fact you need such a small amount.
The one in "All About Nicotine" from the sidebar -
I ordered from .ca, but it's the same stuff :)
Thanks for your comment. Are you referring to the AirMini HumidX or to other HME? In any event I wonder if using an inert gas in a sealable plastic bag would work. At some point, of course, the cost and hassle of trying to stretch the life of the HumidX or HME outweigh the benefit. Might be worthwhile to experiment with this and a sealable container https://www.amazon.com/Private-Preserve-Wine-Preservation-Spray/dp/B0000DCS18.
Amazon.ca has the exact same product as in sidebar and it's 12 bucks. https://www.amazon.ca/Wine-Enthusiast-Private-Preserve-Preservation/dp/B0000DCS18/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1478659198&amp;sr=8-3-fkmr1&amp;keywords=argon+wine+preserver
But overall, I agree with leapinglabrats, especially the part about splitting it up into smaller bottles.
Airtight cool dark place. For long term storage, you can vacuum seal and use something like this:
That's just 1 small part of a $2000 refrigerator. You can get something that'll do a single bottle/can for significantly less.
I have a Cooper Cooler. It chills a bottle of wine in 6 minutes and it's way less bulky than that machine.
I have always had good luck out of this.
Takes about a minute for a 12 oz can.
this idea has been around for years, it's not revolutionary. also, that thing looks SUPER expensive.
quick google search found this and it's already for sale.
Actually, from a fluid mechanics perspective, movement can speed up freezing. If, at the boundary, the temperature is below zero, the movement increases heat transfer. In a river, the movement near the bottom increases heat transfer from the earth into the water. In a water tower, movement along the metal structure would increase the rate of freezing if it is freezing outside. Keep in mind that, as you approach the surface, the movement speed decreases due to friction and that is what allows ice to form. As the ice grows, the surface moves but there remains a layer where the velocity approaches zero.
Edit: here is a real world example. This can chiller spins the can while spraying ice cold water on it. Spinning the can is effectively the same as spinning the water in a large water tower. http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Cooler-Beverage-Chiller-Brushed-Silver/dp/B0000U3CIW
Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage & Wine Chiller, Silver https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000U3CIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-52-Ab71W1736
There is a thing like that. Ive seen it in a store. Cools 1 beer in &lt; 1 minute. I'll try to find it and edit in a link.
I think I saw one in Big Lots for like $20. You can achieve the same thing by filling a bowl with ice and laying a beer down on it and spinning the can with your fingers. Works surprisingly well
It's not often I get to change a strangers life...
That's what I do right now. I bought this butter keeper container from amazon and keep butter on the counter in it. I probably don't need it since I go through the butter so fast I could just leave it in a glass bowl on the counter top.
Edit: Link to butter keeper.
Or get a butter bell?
Huh, never had that issue with our $7.50 butter bell.
My gut says your butter fell out because it wasn't pressed into the butter bell full/completely and/or the butter bell was stored in direct sunlight (or a warm place).
Easy way to 'steam' things. Use those plastic shopping bags you bring home your groceries in. No need to waste money on the name brand 'steamer bags'.
Addintionaly food like carrots, potatos, sweet potatos, corn on the cob, and other fresh veg dont need refrigeration and all microwave well. The smaller the food the shorter the cook time. I do big potatoes for 6-8 minutes, small carrots for 4-6.
Also keep in mind real butter (not the spreads or country crock) doesnt need refrigeration just stitck it in a butter bell so you can add butter to any dish you microwave.
No, just one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-284-Stoneware-Butter-Keeper/dp/B0000VLURQ
Get a butter bell and you will be all set. https://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Glazed-Stoneware-Butter-Keeper/dp/B0000VLURQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1480896805&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=butter+bell
Yes, This. If you're concerned about it going bad / getting invaded, can also use a "butter keeper" that seals it with water. For Example (not an endorsement, just the 1st result from Google)
Use a butter bell, they're awesome
Well, I've praised French Butter Keepers here before, but I am always willing to tell people about HOLY SHIT THE BUTTER IS ALWAYS SOFT IT'S FUCKING WITCHCRAFT.
On the more... practical side of things, everyone should have one of this style plunger Seriously. Especially if you have a very wussy low-flow toilet like my apartment does.
And a good pair of all-purpose scissors. It's important to have your junk scissors be distinct from your paper scissors and your fabric scissors so you don't gunk up the latter two.
Sure! There are tons of videos on YouTube if you need a visual, but basicallly use either a quart or pint of heavy cream (a quart will give you roughly a pound of butter). I have used WalMart's Great Value heavy cream, and it tastes pretty darn good, so don't feel you have to buy an expensive cream to make great homemade butter.
Next, place contents of cream into stand mixer bowl. I start on 2 for about 1 minute and then kick it up to 10 (you may need a splash guard in place to prevent splashing). Let your mixer run for about 2-3 minutes or so. It will go from liquid, to whipped cream, to curdled and separated looking. That's when it's essentially butter!
Now, turn off mixer, and strain out the "buttermilk" (the liquid that's separated from the butter solids). You'll probably need to mash on the butter in the strainer to be sure all the liquid is separated. Save that buttermilk for baking. Some tutorials I have looked at feel it's necessary to really get all that buttermilk out to prevent the butter from going rancid (I go through the butter so fast, it's never been a problem), so give further directions to place the butter back in the mixer and add some water and mix again and strain (and repeat several times), until the water is clear.
Using your hands or a wooden spoon or placing your butter in a butter bell, shape your butter how you like it and store in the fridge or however you store your regular store-bought butter.
The butter can also be placed back in your stand mixer and mixed with salt to taste, herbs, garlic, etc. There are tons of recipes, too, that can be found on how to season your butter.
I'll apologize in advance if my directions aren't that great. But, really it's a pretty simple process. If you have any questions, just let me know!
I've had a gaiwan for a while, and like everyone has said, they're versatile and inexpensive. But like you, I started out with one of Teavana's steepers and I think at first the transition to gaiwans and gongfu style brewing was a bit intimidating- so my intermediary step was a glass teapot with a large infuser basket. I got the Hario ChaCha and I still love it and use it all the time, in addition to my gaiwan =)
Brewing really isn't complicated at all if you invest in the right equipment. You can get a functional variable temperature kettle for ~$40 on amazon and an easy to use tea pot for ~20.
Honestly I would recommend decent equipment first over a wide variety of teas to begin with.
I would also point you to upton tea which has really cheap samples and offers pretty much the best price for any tea I have found on multiple vendors.
Hario makes lovely glass pots:
Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot glass teapot w/ large stainless steel basket, makes 2 cups of tea or other herbal drink. I love this teapot!
I can technically still brew gongfu with my 300ml teapot https://www.amazon.com/Hario-Chacha-Kyusu-Maru-700ml/dp/B0007WTBQ0
I just put the leaf and everything in the gaiwan and then strain it out but I use the teapot for western brewing alot (which is what i mainly do is western)
I use the 350ml version, but yeah i'll find a lid soon. I've been told 1g per 100ml for western style. Does that sound correct?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007WTBQ0/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_bxaHzbVRCQ14M <-----LOVE THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There's a reason they have like 1000's of reviews. It's a lot more sturdy than it looks, too.
Starting out, all I'd get is a simple pot with a removable infuser such as this. Something like that will make perfectly great tea. You can always get a fancy tea set later; it's mostly an aesthetic thing.
I ordered it from Amazon.
I am new to brewing loose leaf tea. The recommendations I've seen are to put 1 teaspoon of tea for every 8oz of water. I bought this tea pot/infuser: http://www.amazon.com/Hario-Chacha-Kyusu-Maru-700ml/dp/B0007WTBQ0/ref=sr_1_5?s=kitchen&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1451503762&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=tea+pot
The problem is that if I only drop 8 ounces of water into tea pot, it doesn't allow enough water in the infuser for the leaves to expand. Is there something I am missing here? Should I just be using a separate infuser in a tea cup if I decide to only make such a small amount of tea, and use the larger infuser/pot if I am making several cups?
Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot (700ml) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007WTBQ0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_plfZzbWC34DP8
I just ordered this to fill up my thermos
Have you looked into a Hario glass teapot? I hear really good things about them
I've been using [Finum Brewing Baskets] (https://www.amazon.com/Finum-Brewing-Basket-large-black/dp/B000J3JFJU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1479061928&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=finum+basket+large) for the last decade or so for brewing one cup of tea at a time. The fine mesh is easy to clean if you rinse is out right after steeping. The large one is ideal for most mug sizes. I find the medium-sized basket to be a little too small for mugs larger than 10 oz.
EDIT: If you're looking for a decent and affordable tea pot, [Hario] (https://www.amazon.com/Hario-Chacha-Kyusu-Maru-700ml/dp/B0007WTBQ0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1479062141&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=hario+tea+pot) makes some good ones. Despite the glass looking thin, it's actually quite sturdy.
I think I'll go with this teapot then, is there anything I should be aware/wary of when looking at gaiwans? some of them seem way more expensive and I don't know if going with a cheaper one is advisable. For those specifically, I might try taking a look at the asian markets near me tonight or tomorrow to compare before I commit.
I use this daily: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0007WTBQ0/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1451624342&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SX200_QL40&amp;keywords=glass+teapot&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=51dy1jS1%2BKL&amp;ref=plSrch
The night before I brew, I pour 10 gallons of water into my 10 gallon Igloo cooler mash tun. I then treat the water to get the profile I want. The next day, I gravity feed the water to my HLT to heat. I use the markings inside the cooler that came with the cooler to determine how much water I am putting into the HLT (it has both gallons and liters).
I would advise against getting the NB cooler kits because of the crazy markup on the coolers themselves. If you look at the products, you have to assemble everything yourself anyway. They charge $100 for the igloo coolers, but you can get them for $42 on Amazon. Actually, the fittings that NB offers are a pretty comparable price to other places. Maybe just get the fittings, but uncheck the cooler and order it separately.
Also, as others have said, you may not really need the HLT. Just try to visualize your brew day and see how you can finagle things optimally. Personally, I use my boil kettle as my HLT, and things work out well.
Do a 10 gallon round cooler. You will need that much of you ever do a mid to high alcohol beer, as the amount of grains increases. I have used this cooler for the past 10 years as a mash tun. Seriously, 10 years.
I've been shopping around for coolers so I can DIY myself a set. These were some of the deals I took advantage of.
$33 70qt chest cooler
$40 10 gal igloo cooler
As much as I love Canada, sometimes it really sucks for getting access to goods at a decent price. I see so many posts of people picking up brewing supplies off of craigslist for cheap, and there is nothing in my neck of the woods like that.
This cooler on .CA : http://www.amazon.ca/Igloo-42021-Beverage-Dispenser-10-Gallon/dp/B000F6SHTK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1422645011&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=igloo+10+gallon $106 CAD (approx $83 USD)
I use one of these. It makes it so simple. Throw some boiling water (or even just the hot water from the water cooler at the office) along with a few lemon slices and about 1/4 more than my usual dose of kratom. Let it sit, put it on a cup to let it pour/strains, add some lemon.
A bottom-dispensing teapot like this one is a super easy way to do gongfu. You can look it up on youtube or something to see exactly how it works.
It doesn't have the same romance as traditional teaware, and you can't build up a patina like with yixing clay or other unglazed ceramics, but it is super convenient. Sticking a coffee filter in the bottom makes cleanup even easier.
For Tea I use this brewer and some loose leaf tea from wherever. I have been using tea given to me by an RAOA member.
To this I add a bit of EZ-Sweetz.
I got my wife one of these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FPN8TK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_B8k3AbCXHXN9Z
Does great at keeping leaves out.
make your own teas.
Adagio Teas 16 oz. ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispensing Teapot https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FPN8TK/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_k0GCub1FNWMQX
An electric programmable kettle with different temperature settings will cost you about $30-$40 I just picked up this one, pretty decent, probably a bit too much water for one sitting to be honest. It's pretty important to get the right temperature for tea since too hot scalds certain types, and too warm doesn't get the full benefit of others.
At work, I'd go with those infuser cups, since it's really convenient. I don't have this one but I've got something similar to it.
With about $60ish left, you can get quite an assortment of teas.
The forlife is a good infuser, I have used it in the past. At work, I used to use an Ingenuitea because it is really straightforward to use and clean. And then any old mug is fine.
The leaf and water matter the most, but make sure your leaves have room to bloom and move around, or you'll get a weird brew.
I use an IngenuiTEA to make my kratom tea. It steeps it for as long as I like (usually at least 15 minutes), and dispenses when I put it on top of a glass. I usually fill the glass it dispenses into with sugar and stir to dissolve, before pouring into another larger cup filled with ice. Cold, sweet, perfect.
If you want something simple to make tea for one, I would suggest something like this. I don't like the in-mug infusers. I usually end up having to look around for something awkward to get it out of the cup like a fork or chopsticks otherwise I end up burning my fingers. Tea pots are nice but I find them to be more ceremonial than I feel like dealing with when I just want something quick.
As far as temp goes, usually for green tea you're good to go once small bubbles start forming in the pot/kettle. You don't need to worry about having a thermometer nearby or anything like that.
And the corn pops green tea you're describing sounds like Genmaicha.
The IngenuiTea teapot from Adagio is cheaper, does the same thing, and doesn't give any money to Teavana. You can't lose.
I've done it. I usually throw all of my tea in one of these. I'll tear open one or two green tea packets and throw them in sometimes to compliment whatever else is in there. It's not bad, actually. I've never tried with anything other than green tea, though.
edit I wouldn't suggest putting it in an infuser, though. I've tried that and it makes for gritty tea.
What do you think about ingeuinitea?
Am I getting sucked into some gimmick or is it actually convenient?
I would go for the white tea but it's kind of expensive for a beginner, so Alishan Milk Oolong it is.
The reason I'm getting into tea is because it seems like it's a healthy alternative to straight water, but the taste puts me off atm so a fruity, creamy flavor would be nice
This Alishan Milk Oolong brand seem good to you?
Random question: Do you believe drinking tea before sleeping is bad? I've heard it has caffeine but idk if it's tea-specific or what else, the green tea I have doesn't seem to bother me
Lastly, any specific method of measuring water temperature you recommend? Should I just buy a thermostat and wait for boiling water to cool?
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I put water in this and put it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
I added Davidson's Christmas tea to my WL recently. What I recommend is good gear. There are $10 digital scales accurate to 0.1g, so once you find out how much tea you like for a large mug (I like 6g), you can get it right every time. And an IngenuiTEA teapot makes it fun to brew, too.
Hint: You probably don't need to buy a 500g weight to calibrate the scale. A roll of brand-new pennies, 2.5g each, will probably give you plenty of material to work with.
So I guess I post my answers here.
4. A book! And well, it is a book about a non-descript wizard. I could learn some very valuable lessons from it.
here you go. https://www.amazon.com/DCI-Unique-Entire-Bottle-capacity/dp/B000VKOK6O/?th=1
Videos or music on my laptop
A good inspirational or educational book
And something to drink
Wine but I don't drink but to each their own :)
What I do like to drink Well your not the only one's who sick must be something going around maybe the Reddit Flu ;) Have you ever tried echanacha tea its pretty good for helping you get better quicker along with Vitamin c well get well soon.
If anyone actually wants to buy it...
This is awesome
Much needed for those rough days
So this is a wine glass that holds a whole bottle of wine. You may or may not be the kind of person who will need this for drinking, but it is a mad classy way to drink a lot of water. And this being my third year going in, I can tell you that is super important when you are feeding yourself. It is also a fun goofy thing to have, hope your first year is amazing! As I said before it is my third year of undergrad at St. Mary's COllege of Maryland and I am studying Chemistry and Physics as a double major.
> Badass bikers and coffee-drinking soccer moms
Or anybody who likes badass dinosaurs with their morning coffee.
Fairly certain it's this mug, I have it too.
My girlfriend just bought a mug that has dinosaurs on it. They turn to fossils when you pour hot liquids into it.
Ah hey, found it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Disappearing-Dinosaur-Mug-Changes-Magically/dp/B001F1XWPI
available on amazon with FS
Fab has it for $7.77:
And Amazon has it for $11.50 with free shipping over $25 or with Prime:
hope you manage to order it :)
Amazon sells them. Can't ship to Australia though, which is saddening.
Crisis averted - http://www.amazon.com/Unemployed-Philosphers-Guild-Mug-Disappering/dp/B001F1XWPI/ref=pd_sim_sbs_k_1
available on Amazon
If you're that worried about oxygen, add some of this
Jesus... ctrl+f'ing for "link" and "source" as an RES user is a terrible way to live.
Where can I buy one?
Edit: nevermind - didn't realize there were only 60 comments... there were many people with links.
Cheapest I found was: Here - Amazon, $11, Prime available - killing Dinosaurs by Wednesday. Thanks /u/xombie
Worth the $20! I keep it in my jacket pockets, it falls out of my cup holder in the car, I dropped it and it came apart once but went right back together. You can drop the tea (tea bag or loose leaf) into the hot water and watch it get to the perfect color/taste then you can lift a lever and the tea infuser will go into the lid out of the water.
I bought it for my wife but I ended up stealing it from her.
Here is the one thing that will fix nearly everything in this thread that people say to “prepare for”. With this item. You are prepared for fucking everything.
I usually buy two about a month before the start of each season. They fit under jorts or khakis alike and helps make new friends everywhere. Wearing this means you dont give a fuck about the game in a hurricane, SEC humidity or that cold shit thats frozen and falls out of the sky (i think its called snow)
[Freedom Flask](Freedom Flask https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WV1HV2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_lyPdBbE9K0HA4)
This is not a paid advertisement. But it can be.... i fucking love this thing so much ive gone to sleep with it a few times.
Works every dang time.
If you're drinking an IPA drink it from the Spiegelau IPA Glass. Almost anything else can be drank from a Stemmed Pilsner.
Only exception imo are heavy abv bourbon barrel(or other heavy barrel aged) beers. For those I go with a Teku