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    Post #1 - December 13th, 2013, 7:39 am
    Post #1 - December 13th, 2013, 7:39 am Post #1 - December 13th, 2013, 7:39 am
    Pretty self explanatory. Wanted to get this on the board now so participants have plenty of time to infuse. We can adjust the date if it doesn't work for people. For now I'm going to limit it to 12.

    I would also be willing to coordinate a bulk order of bottles from specialtybottle.com if everyone's interested.

    1. fropones - Pecan Coffee Bitters and Pear Bitters - 24
    2. laikom - TBD - 12
    3. boudreaulicious - Thai Bitters - 36
    4. leek - Sour Cherry Bitters - 12
    5. Attrill - TBD - 12
    6. mbh - TBD - 12
    7. turkob - TBD - 24
    8. RAB - TBD - 24
    9. ronnie_suburban - TBD - 12
    10. Santander - saffron-cardamom? - 12
    11. Llama - TBD
    12. gastro gnome - pimento/allspice dram - 12
    Last edited by fropones on February 11th, 2014, 5:27 pm, edited 19 times in total.
  • Post #2 - December 13th, 2013, 7:46 am
    Post #2 - December 13th, 2013, 7:46 am Post #2 - December 13th, 2013, 7:46 am
    Definitely in, both for event and bottle purchase.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #3 - December 13th, 2013, 8:40 am
    Post #3 - December 13th, 2013, 8:40 am Post #3 - December 13th, 2013, 8:40 am
    You may do better for your bottle purchase at American Science and Surplus on Northwest Hwy & Foster. They've got an ever changing and eclectic collection of small bottles of all types.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #4 - December 13th, 2013, 10:01 am
    Post #4 - December 13th, 2013, 10:01 am Post #4 - December 13th, 2013, 10:01 am
    Good idea on AS&S. I'll get my bottles there. I just read this article and thought the suggestion of infusing each part separately then blending made a lot of sense.http://spiritsandcocktails.wordpress.co ... e-bitters/
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #5 - December 13th, 2013, 10:03 am
    Post #5 - December 13th, 2013, 10:03 am Post #5 - December 13th, 2013, 10:03 am
    Do you think we should set a recommended quantity per person, so that we don't show up with drastically different size portions?
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #6 - December 13th, 2013, 10:09 am
    Post #6 - December 13th, 2013, 10:09 am Post #6 - December 13th, 2013, 10:09 am
    If we all go in on the same btls, and 12 sign up, we'd each make a doz with 11 to exchange and 1 to keep.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #7 - December 13th, 2013, 10:14 am
    Post #7 - December 13th, 2013, 10:14 am Post #7 - December 13th, 2013, 10:14 am
    But I need to know how much booze and herbs to start steeping. It could take weeks for internet people to come to a consensus on bottles etc.
    Last edited by laikom on December 14th, 2013, 3:36 am, edited 1 time in total.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #8 - December 13th, 2013, 10:17 am
    Post #8 - December 13th, 2013, 10:17 am Post #8 - December 13th, 2013, 10:17 am
    Ok, let's all go with 100 mL. If 12 participate and we order 12 of them that would be $14.80 pp.

    I also extended the date to allow more time for infusion. If anyone needs more time or a different date, just holler.
  • Post #9 - December 13th, 2013, 11:47 am
    Post #9 - December 13th, 2013, 11:47 am Post #9 - December 13th, 2013, 11:47 am
    Oh my this sounds fun! I would love to participate and will commit to Sour Cherry bitters since I have a boatload of fruit harvested from my tree :) And yes, I will buy bottles.
    Leek

    SAVING ONE DOG may not change the world,
    but it CHANGES THE WORLD for that one dog.
    American Brittany Rescue always needs foster homes. Please think about helping that one dog. http://www.americanbrittanyrescue.org
  • Post #10 - December 13th, 2013, 11:50 am
    Post #10 - December 13th, 2013, 11:50 am Post #10 - December 13th, 2013, 11:50 am
    Count me in.

    AS&S almost always has the best deals, I've bought these bottles there a few times:

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    I believe they're 75 ml.
    It is VERY important to be smart when you're doing something stupid

    - Chris

    http://stavewoodworking.com
  • Post #11 - December 13th, 2013, 12:03 pm
    Post #11 - December 13th, 2013, 12:03 pm Post #11 - December 13th, 2013, 12:03 pm
    I'm in also, I've always wanted to try making my own bitters. This is the motivation I need.
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #12 - December 13th, 2013, 12:25 pm
    Post #12 - December 13th, 2013, 12:25 pm Post #12 - December 13th, 2013, 12:25 pm
    Very excited for sour cherry bitters and that Attrill is participating (still enjoying the arugula bitters he gave me!!!).

    I'm leaning towards something like the thai syrup I made a few years ago--lemongrass, kaffir lime, coriander, galangal, green peppercorn, bird chili.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #13 - December 13th, 2013, 12:29 pm
    Post #13 - December 13th, 2013, 12:29 pm Post #13 - December 13th, 2013, 12:29 pm
    Count me in. I'll have to chew on some ideas over break.
  • Post #14 - December 13th, 2013, 2:31 pm
    Post #14 - December 13th, 2013, 2:31 pm Post #14 - December 13th, 2013, 2:31 pm
    I'm in!

    Thanks,

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #15 - December 13th, 2013, 9:37 pm
    Post #15 - December 13th, 2013, 9:37 pm Post #15 - December 13th, 2013, 9:37 pm
    fropones wrote:Pretty self explanatory. Wanted to get this on the board now so participants have plenty of time to infuse. We can adjust the date if it doesn't work for people. For now I'm going to limit it to 12.

    I would also be willing to coordinate a bulk order of bottles from specialtybottle.com if everyone's interested.



    ^^^^^^^^^

    Now this is an awesome idea. Can't wait to see pics and hear descriptions.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #16 - December 14th, 2013, 11:09 am
    Post #16 - December 14th, 2013, 11:09 am Post #16 - December 14th, 2013, 11:09 am
    The date change moves me to the tentative category. If it's ok, please leave me on the list for now but if the event ends up full, I insist that you bump me in favor of someone who can definitely make it. And of couse, if you need to bump me now due to the lengthy prep requirements, that's fine too.

    Thanks,

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #17 - December 14th, 2013, 11:29 am
    Post #17 - December 14th, 2013, 11:29 am Post #17 - December 14th, 2013, 11:29 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:The date change moves me to the tentative category. If it's ok, please leave me on the list for now but if the event ends up full, I insist that you bump me in favor of someone who can definitely make it. And of couse, if you need to bump me now due to the lengthy prep requirements, that's fine too.

    Thanks,

    =R=


    The date was arbitrary so we could change it to something that works better
  • Post #18 - December 14th, 2013, 11:58 am
    Post #18 - December 14th, 2013, 11:58 am Post #18 - December 14th, 2013, 11:58 am
    Just in case anyone is looking, Merz apothecary AKA smallflower.com has lots of things one might want for bittering agents. Call ahead to be sure, but great amazing inventory.
    Leek

    SAVING ONE DOG may not change the world,
    but it CHANGES THE WORLD for that one dog.
    American Brittany Rescue always needs foster homes. Please think about helping that one dog. http://www.americanbrittanyrescue.org
  • Post #19 - December 14th, 2013, 4:28 pm
    Post #19 - December 14th, 2013, 4:28 pm Post #19 - December 14th, 2013, 4:28 pm
    fropones wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:The date change moves me to the tentative category. If it's ok, please leave me on the list for now but if the event ends up full, I insist that you bump me in favor of someone who can definitely make it. And of couse, if you need to bump me now due to the lengthy prep requirements, that's fine too.

    Thanks,

    =R=


    The date was arbitrary so we could change it to something that works better


    What you really mean is, for RONNIE, we'd change the date.. :)
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #20 - December 14th, 2013, 4:30 pm
    Post #20 - December 14th, 2013, 4:30 pm Post #20 - December 14th, 2013, 4:30 pm
    I'll probably get my bottles at American Science and Surplus just because I'm not sure if I may split mine into batches. 24 bottles for 2/pp of ~50ml.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #21 - December 16th, 2013, 12:30 pm
    Post #21 - December 16th, 2013, 12:30 pm Post #21 - December 16th, 2013, 12:30 pm
    I'm terrified, but I'm in.
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  • Post #22 - December 16th, 2013, 2:47 pm
    Post #22 - December 16th, 2013, 2:47 pm Post #22 - December 16th, 2013, 2:47 pm
    The recipe I'm using calls for both Everclear 151 and Rye. I know nothing about Rye, so before I go buying, do you have any suggestions for a brand for this application? I'm looking at needing 4 cups.

    oh and PS - Pinch Spice Market on Milwaukee also has many of the things you might need too, like Gentian Root and Quassia Bark, etc.
    Leek

    SAVING ONE DOG may not change the world,
    but it CHANGES THE WORLD for that one dog.
    American Brittany Rescue always needs foster homes. Please think about helping that one dog. http://www.americanbrittanyrescue.org
  • Post #23 - December 16th, 2013, 5:09 pm
    Post #23 - December 16th, 2013, 5:09 pm Post #23 - December 16th, 2013, 5:09 pm
    I'd go with something like Old Overholdt that won't break the bank. Especially since you'll need more than a fifth.
  • Post #24 - December 16th, 2013, 5:13 pm
    Post #24 - December 16th, 2013, 5:13 pm Post #24 - December 16th, 2013, 5:13 pm
    Another good rye option is to get the templeton from Costco.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #25 - December 16th, 2013, 8:01 pm
    Post #25 - December 16th, 2013, 8:01 pm Post #25 - December 16th, 2013, 8:01 pm
    Rittenhouse 100 is my go- to mixing rye and would likely do well in this application.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #26 - December 16th, 2013, 10:49 pm
    Post #26 - December 16th, 2013, 10:49 pm Post #26 - December 16th, 2013, 10:49 pm
    This appeals to the bitterer part of my nature. Count me in, and I'm thinking saffron-cardamom at the moment.
  • Post #27 - December 16th, 2013, 11:33 pm
    Post #27 - December 16th, 2013, 11:33 pm Post #27 - December 16th, 2013, 11:33 pm
    Santander wrote:This appeals to the bitterer part of my nature. Count me in, and I'm thinking saffron-cardamom at the moment.


    I have many times thought of the bitter part of your nature. I'm glad to finally find out it's only as bitter as something saffron-cardamom.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #28 - December 17th, 2013, 8:23 am
    Post #28 - December 17th, 2013, 8:23 am Post #28 - December 17th, 2013, 8:23 am
    leek wrote:The recipe I'm using calls for both Everclear 151 and Rye. I know nothing about Rye, so before I go buying, do you have any suggestions for a brand for this application? I'm looking at needing 4 cups.

    oh and PS - Pinch Spice Market on Milwaukee also has many of the things you might need too, like Gentian Root and Quassia Bark, etc.


    I usually use Old Overholt for bitters. Old Overholt and Rittenhouse were the most common Ryes for over 100 years, and are your best bet for any older cocktail or bitters recipes.
    It is VERY important to be smart when you're doing something stupid

    - Chris

    http://stavewoodworking.com
  • Post #29 - December 17th, 2013, 9:29 am
    Post #29 - December 17th, 2013, 9:29 am Post #29 - December 17th, 2013, 9:29 am
    Sounds like fun! I have a few batches at home that I can contribute, plus I'll whip up something new.

    I know that I haven't been around for a while - life gets in the way sometimes. Thanks to Cathy2 for the heads-up!

    Oh, also - the Spice House usually has some great seville orange peel if anyone is looking for some.
  • Post #30 - December 17th, 2013, 10:27 am
    Post #30 - December 17th, 2013, 10:27 am Post #30 - December 17th, 2013, 10:27 am
    I'd like to come. I will make pimento/allspice dram.

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