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by Zman
Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Tasting room to open soon.
Replies: 4
Views: 1018

Tasting room to open soon.

Hi all, Just wanted to let you all know that Pacific Distillery, just outside of Seattle, will be opening our tasting/sales room this June 14th. We plan on offering free tastings (sorry, WA state law only allows a maximum of 4 each of 1/2 ounce tasters) and tours. Some of you may be looking to open ...
by Zman
Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: My best Absinthe so far...
Replies: 282
Views: 124340

Re: My best Absinthe so far...

Cascade herbs is selling Roman Wormwood imported from France. The cost is $10.00 per ounce, with a two ounce minimum, plus shipping.
info@cascadeherbs.com
by Zman
Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: 1855 Absinthe Recipe
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: 1855 Absinthe Recipe

Reduce it to 74% after the final flavor/color infusion. Let it age for about 3 to 6 months, you can let it go for much longer if you wish. You will notice that most of the "grassier" notes reduce after about 3 months of aging, this will be an indicator that it is close to being ready for bottling. R...
by Zman
Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: New distillery in Washington
Replies: 7
Views: 1076

Re: New distillery in Washington

Silly question. I seem to remember making a reply to this thread and now it's gone. Was my reply deleted? I seem to remember replying that this particular "distillery" actually does not distill anything; they bottle bulk purchased spirits.
by Zman
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: My best Absinthe so far...
Replies: 282
Views: 124340

Re: My best Absinthe so far...

If it's good now, it will get even better after a few months of resting.
by Zman
Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: My best Absinthe so far...
Replies: 282
Views: 124340

Re: My best Absinthe so far...

Beautiful color Sparky! Thanks for the plug Prole. Perry you don't need to macerate, none of the distillers I have observed macerate for any actual time. A maceration can't do what the boiling alcohol does so skip it and go straight distilling, you won't miss it, it's a waste of time with zero resu...
by Zman
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: My best Absinthe so far...
Replies: 282
Views: 124340

Re: My best Absinthe so far...

Room temperature is just fine. If it is colder, macerate for a longer time frame.
by Zman
Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: My best Absinthe so far...
Replies: 282
Views: 124340

Re: My best Absinthe so far...

Artemisial vulgaris (Mugwort), is not a good substitute for Artemisia absinthium (Grand Wormwood) for making an absinthe. The flavor profiles of the two plants are completely different.
by Zman
Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Bellingham, Washington to open 3 new distilleries
Replies: 6
Views: 787

Re: Bellingham, Washington to open 3 new distilleries

Have you been to the ones in Woodenville Bushman? Been thinking about making a trip up that way. I've toured Pacifique Distilleries, his Absinthe is considered one of the best made here in the US. He started out as an herb farmer then moved to making oils. He now has a large alembic still and he ma...
by Zman
Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe and Drug tests?
Replies: 19
Views: 2103

Re: Absinthe and Drug tests?

The active ingredient in absinthe Other than alcohol is thujone, an ethenogin contained in mint, anise(both star and true), fennel, and of course wormwood. The chemicals will not show up on a drug tests and more is it a controlled substance in both our countries. No. Thujone in properly made absint...
by Zman
Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe and Drug tests?
Replies: 19
Views: 2103

Re: Absinthe and Drug tests?

The original absinthe was banned for sound health reasons, so if you are making it from the original recipe and method, by all means drink it if you have a death wish, but for god's sake don't give it to others. Recently, a Frenchman has devised a way of making absinthe which has been tested and ap...
by Zman
Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe recipe
Replies: 273
Views: 153695

Re: Absinthe recipe

Cascade Herbs is no longer selling to the general public. I would suggest contacting Kirk at
http://www.absintheherbs.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
by Zman
Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:07 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Infusion question
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: Infusion question

There are many variables to make a successful answer to your question. It depends upon which botanicals, and how much vegetable matter you are seeking to infuse. Are the botanicals dried or fresh? Also, if you are infusing the spirit with the intention of re-distilling it, or making a simple flavor ...
by Zman
Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: harvesting roman wormwood
Replies: 3
Views: 842

Re: harvesting roman wormwood

Typically you would harvest it after the tiny flower buds appear, but before they are open. If your pontica is not flowering, then typically in the August (N hemisphere) time range.
by Zman
Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Distillery Links
Replies: 61
Views: 41500

Re: Distillery Links

Another Pacific NW distillery link (owned by me): http://www.pacificdistillery.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow Makers of Voyager Single-Batch Gin and Pacifique Absinthe. Cool! Do you do tours? We love to have visitors, but our licensing does not allow tastings. We'...
by Zman
Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:46 am
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe with a reflux still?
Replies: 1
Views: 693

Re: Absinthe with a reflux still?

The best absinthe was, is, and will be, made with a potstill. In making absinthe you want to minimize reflux as much a possible.
by Zman
Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Problem about absinthe colour stability
Replies: 12
Views: 2628

Re: Problem about absinthe colour stability

Don't store in clear glass or green bottles,use dark brown bottles. Don't let it sit on the heat for 12 hours. Heat in a waterbath. Remember to only colour 40% of the distillate. If you are making one liter batches, only color the first 400ml off the still. No long macerations. Coloring a liter shou...
by Zman
Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:16 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Powder herbs
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Re: Powder herbs

It depends on many factors. How long it has been since the seed/herb has been ground, temperature, type of storage, etc. My experiments have led me to only use whole dried herbs. The old absinthe makers used whole herbs and sometimes ground them to a coarse grind just prior to macerating.
by Zman
Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:59 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Powder herbs
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Re: Powder herbs

If you're looking to make absinthe, then you will need lots of anise and fennel. Depending upon the oil content of the seed, you can expect to use from 70-110 grams per liter each of anise and fennel.
by Zman
Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:00 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Powder herbs
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Re: Powder herbs

If you are making absinthe, having the herbs mixed into your alcohol (macerating) is required for good absinthe. Using a "teabag" method would work as long as the herbs are sitting in the alcohol. I would avoid using store purchased pre-ground herbs because herbs begin to lose much of their oil cont...
by Zman
Fri May 15, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe recipe
Replies: 273
Views: 153695

Re: Absinthe recipe

No person has ever "tripped" on absinthe. Not from a copper compound from inferior equipment. There are reports that inferior brands of the last century were cheaply made with antimony trichloride and other nasty toxic stuff. This may be a source of toxicity, but not making someone hallucinate. This...
by Zman
Sun May 10, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Distillery Links
Replies: 61
Views: 41500

Re: Distillery Links

Just to share with the fine folks here. In today's Seattle Times business section, there is an article discussing the growth of distilleries here in my home state of Washington. The article prominently mentions our distillery, includes some photos of us, and a video of one of Seattle's top cocktail ...
by Zman
Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:04 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Distillery Links
Replies: 61
Views: 41500

Re: Distillery Links

Another Pacific NW distillery link (owned by me):
http://www.pacificdistillery.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
Makers of Voyager Single-Batch Gin and Pacifique Absinthe.
by Zman
Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: My best Absinthe so far...
Replies: 282
Views: 124340

Re: My best Absinthe so far...

Kirk's stuff is good, and he's a great guy to deal with. The herbs Kirk gave Cascade Herbs was for the owner's private use, Cascade never sold what he gave them. However, I would strongly disagree with his assertion that the Fennel of Provence (doux) is better than true Florence fennel (azoricum). T...
by Zman
Thu May 29, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Insulated my still
Replies: 24
Views: 3682

Re: Insulated my still

Another question: what brand and R-value is the insulation? Purchase place?
by Zman
Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: NEW SITE APPEARANCE
Replies: 36
Views: 2947

Re: NEW SITE APPEARANCE

Thanks!
by Zman
Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: NEW SITE APPEARANCE
Replies: 36
Views: 2947

Re: NEW SITE APPEARANCE

tater wrote:
blanikdog wrote:I can't find the "Mark all topics read" thingy. Is it there or do we no longer have it?

blanik
At top on right in the lite blue border
I'm not seeing it.
by Zman
Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: vodka lab analysis results : I'm pissed
Replies: 42
Views: 13314

Manu, which laboratory did you send your sample to?
by Zman
Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe recipe
Replies: 273
Views: 153695

With regards to Roman wormwood, I guess I strongly disagree with you. It contributes a substantial impact on the final flavor of the finished product. I have several bottles of pre-ban absinthe where the flavor and aroma of the Roman wormwood is secondary to the anise, and predominates the absinthiu...
by Zman
Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: Absinthe
Topic: Absinthe recipe
Replies: 273
Views: 153695

Yes, but the hype about thujone is just that, hype. Thujone has little, if any, bearing of the quality or authenticity if an absinthe is truly an absinthe. If you are looking to make a true absinthe verte, according to the flavor profile of old absinthe, then A. pontica is essential. I completely di...