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Old 16-01-2015, 04:48   #241
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Clearly Dockhead doesn't run a dry ship
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Old 16-01-2015, 05:49   #242
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Actually we are dry underway.

That does not reduce average consumption, however, because the crew make up for lost time once in port.
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Old 16-01-2015, 16:17   #243
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Re: Gin Tankage?

Inspired by SWL's martini experiments, I have just cracked open Carsten's gift bottle of Hendricks and am enjoying the sweetest martini, I think, of my life.

Not because of the Hendricks (although that is mighty fine), but because it's the first alcohol I've had since before Christmas. I was a bit under the weather and only feeling more or less ok today.

I am also celebrating finally finishing a contract I've been struggling with day and night for several days.

Cheers!
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Inspired by SWL's martini experiments, I have just cracked open Carsten's gift bottle of Hendricks and am enjoying the sweetest martini, I think, of my life.

Not because of the Hendricks (although that is mighty fine), but because it's the first alcohol I've had since before Christmas. I was a bit under the weather and only feeling more or less ok today.

I am also celebrating finally finishing a contract I've been struggling with day and night for several days.

Cheers!


3+ weeks dry, you've got some catching up to do...
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Inspired by SWL's martini experiments, I have just cracked open Carsten's gift bottle of Hendricks and am enjoying the sweetest martini, I think, of my life.

Not because of the Hendricks (although that is mighty fine), but because it's the first alcohol I've had since before Christmas. I was a bit under the weather and only feeling more or less ok today.

I am also celebrating finally finishing a contract I've been struggling with day and night for several days.

Cheers!
Cheers! I'm mightly pleased that you are enjoying et. Hmmmm - maybe I'll go mix myself a G&T
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Inspired by SWL's martini experiments, I have just cracked open Carsten's gift bottle of Hendricks and am enjoying the sweetest martini, I think, of my life.

Not because of the Hendricks (although that is mighty fine), but because it's the first alcohol I've had since before Christmas. I was a bit under the weather and only feeling more or less ok today.

I am also celebrating finally finishing a contract I've been struggling with day and night for several days.

Cheers!
Glad you are feeling better .

Martini time here. I've stopped experimenting. Why mess with perfection .

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Old 18-01-2015, 16:12   #248
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3+ weeks dry, you've got some catching up to do...
I really like gin. and am loving the suggestions here.

But the wife says it makes me nasty and rude..........(nasty-er and rude-er I think really)

But dry now for 2.5 months has been tough. Not nuthin'

maybe I should unsubscribe.
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Hendricks , tonic and a slice of fresh cucumber - heaven.

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Re: Gin Tankage?

Apologies that this is off topic, but the thread has temporarily died and this is at least vaguely gin related .

I am busy putting my winter orders, including the ingredients to make tonic syrup. Prices seem to vary wildly. Looking at one of Amazon's suppliers, the prices are almost a third buying cinchona bark direct as opposed to through Amazon (11€ vs £22 for 250g). I am not confident of what I am buying though. The site is German and the label is "Kräuter" and product description "Kräuter für Klamotten". The seems to translate as "Herbs for clothes" .

These are links to the two sites:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Joannas-Gard...=cinchona+bark
Produktliste: Kräuter für Klamotten - joannasgarden.com

Is anyone able to help with a translation? Is this actually cinchona bark?

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Old 29-01-2015, 08:11   #251
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Re: Gin Tankage?

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Apologies that this is off topic, but the thread has temporarily died and this is at least vaguely gin related .

I am busy putting my winter orders, including the ingredients to make tonic syrup. Prices seem to vary wildly. Looking at one of Amazon's suppliers, the prices are almost a third buying cinchona bark direct as opposed to through Amazon (11€ vs £22 for 250g). I am not confident of what I am buying though. The site is German and the label is "Kräuter" and product description "Kräuter für Klamotten". The seems to translate as "Herbs for clothes" .

These are links to the two sites:
Cinchona bark cut (250g): Amazon.co.uk: Grocery
Produktliste: Kräuter für Klamotten - joannasgarden.com

Is anyone able to help with a translation? Is this actually cinchona bark?

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Not off topic at all -- how can you have gin without tonic?

"Kräuter für Klamotten" is some kind of potpourri for clothes. It says it's a mix of herbs, but doesn't say what kind. Could be cinchona bark, I guess, but no way to tell from this.

Here are some leads for the magic powder:

Cinchona bark Powder, Cinchonae cortex, 500g: Amazon.co.uk: Health & Personal Care
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Apologies that this is off topic, but the thread has temporarily died and this is at least vaguely gin related .

I am busy putting my winter orders, including the ingredients to make tonic syrup. Prices seem to vary wildly. Looking at one of Amazon's suppliers, the prices are almost a third buying cinchona bark direct as opposed to through Amazon (11€ vs £22 for 250g). I am not confident of what I am buying though. The site is German and the label is "Kräuter" and product description "Kräuter für Klamotten". The seems to translate as "Herbs for clothes" .

These are links to the two sites:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Joannas-Gard...=cinchona+bark
Produktliste: Kräuter für Klamotten - joannasgarden.com

Is anyone able to help with a translation? Is this actually cinchona bark?

SWL
Oh, now I see the problem. Joannas Garten labels their cinchona bark just as "Kraeuter" -- herbs. You must have searched for Kraeuter on the Joannas Garten site, but got something completely different -- a potpourri. Good thing you didn't try to make tonic out of it!
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Not off topic at all -- how can you have gin without tonic?

"Kräuter für Klamotten" is some kind of potpourri for clothes. It says it's a mix of herbs, but doesn't say what kind. Could be cinchona bark, I guess, but no way to tell from this.

Here are some leads for the magic powder:

Cinchona bark Powder, Cinchonae cortex, 500g: Amazon.co.uk: Health & Personal Care
I now have visions of poisoning myself with potpourri .

The link unfortunately is no help. The tonic recipes all call for chopped bark, not powder:
"powder should be avoided at all costs as it’s such a pain to filter".
Also, this particular distributor does not ship to Greece (along with several others on Amazon), so I am hitting a brick wall.

I will have another hunt tomorrow and I'll post a link to whatever source I eventually find.

SWL
Edited to add: I am slow typing at the moment so I missed the last post - martini and movie time here .
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Old 29-01-2015, 09:01   #254
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I now have visions of poisoning myself with potpourri .

The link unfortunately is no help. The tonic recipes all call for chopped bark, not powder:
"powder should be avoided at all costs as it’s such a pain to filter".
Also, this particular distributor does not ship to Greece (along with several others on Amazon), so I am hitting a brick wall.

I will have another hunt tomorrow and I'll post a link to whatever source I eventually find.

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Edited to add: I am slow typing at the moment so I missed the last post - martini and movie time here .
Here's some from the U.S.:

Cinchona Bark, Cut, 16 oz (Cinchona succirubra) - Penn Herb Company On-Line Herb Store
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Re: Gin Tankage?

Has anyone done a cost per liter of tonic? I ask because I have been using the Sodastream tonic syrup for several years now, and have come to really appreciate the simplicity and volume of finished tonic water that results from a single bottle of syrup. This simplicity and the storage qualities of their syrup are very appealing for me as I prepare for cruising with gin. I am wondering how making my own syrup, coupled with how well a DIY tonic syrup (or one of the several options to Sodastream) would compare, on a strict cost basis. I will probably still continue to use the Sodastream for its cost, simplicity and storage qualities, but the craft tonic makers are certainly appealing. It is so nice to have options.

I just did the calc for Sodastream: $8 per bottle to make 12 liters = about $0.70 per liter. I don't consider the carbonation cost because I refill my own cylinders using a tank of commercial bartender CO2 liquefied which I can get for free (well, I do buy a pint of IPA to say thanks to the bar). I use about 6-8 bottles of gas (Sodastream bottles) and about a dozen syrup bottles per year. I haven't calculated how much gin that is because, sometimes, there are some Martinis consuming my stock. And then there's the wine, craft beer and the scotch vying for my attention......
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