Stupid question.

Sepulchritude Forum: The Absinthe Forum Archive Thru March 2002: Archive thru January 2002:Stupid question.
By Heiko on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 06:04 pm: Edit

I asked them to change the delivery service from DPD to the good old Deutsche Post. The "Post" have an office just over the street where I can get the parcel for 7 seven days. Other services usually just give it to the next one who is willing to take it (and that could be about everyone in an apartment house for students where half of the people only live for six months and always invite many other people). Then they throw a message so small you can hardly see it in front of your door.

SC said it was no problem switching the delivery service for the same price - and so they did.

But I guess in a few years at maximum, the Deutsche Post will be as 110% commercialized as all the others, close all that little offices and also throw parcels in front of your door.

By Mvario on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 06:04 pm: Edit

definitely something afoot with the USPS. They *always* leave a slip and make me pick up stuff at the PO, but my last shipment from SC, and one other shipment (also from out of the country) were both left in the lobby.

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 06:02 pm: Edit

A cheeky monkey? Well where the fuck is my absinthe then? Jade's PR guy sucks!

By Louched_Liver on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 06:00 pm: Edit

Junkyard Wars is on. Huzzah!

By Louched_Liver on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:59 pm: Edit

Means he's a cheeky monkey.

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:58 pm: Edit

I did... he gave me a pickle and beat his chest... what does that mean?

By Louched_Liver on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:54 pm: Edit

Check w/their PR man.

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:51 pm: Edit

Or any of those delicious Jade products... oh wait, that hasn't happened...

By Louched_Liver on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:50 pm: Edit

Which I TOLD YOU not to buy!

By Louched_Liver on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:49 pm: Edit

Or Betty's #3.

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:46 pm: Edit

Hey, the kids next door don't know if it's absinthe or porn... so they're not gonna even bother ripping me off... imagine if they're dad's caught them with "Best of Gidget the Midget #6" Whoa...

By Louched_Liver on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:31 pm: Edit

How DO you people survive w/out doormen? I can't imagine.

From his ivory tower,
Sir Reginald Louchivar

By Alarick on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:08 pm: Edit

Heh, same thing happened to me...

And here I thought the mail guy was just pissed off because he had to walk up a few stairs :P

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 04:48 pm: Edit

Last package I got from SC was plopped in front of the door and left... god bless our postal workers, one and all!!!

By Don_Walsh on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 02:50 pm: Edit

Better ask SC.

That's the only way you will get a proper answer.

By Sarcosis on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 02:21 pm: Edit

I have a stupid question also.

When SC ships an order. and it shows up at your place. Is it required to sign for the package.

If so do you show id and so forth.
I am shipping my package to one of my shops where i know there is someone all afternoon. Not to my own house.
Thank you for the info.
SM

By Wolfgang on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 01:34 pm: Edit

I knew that but didn`t link all those info together in my head in a way that can be usefull to improve my hausgematcher skills. I also never heard of anybody who was really using those properties in their process (other than a simple distillation), including people who have a reputation here of making exceptional homebrew.

Of course the simple fact of distilling the steep leaves most of the water (with absinthin)in the pot and make the final product palatable. That I knew but well, now I know it's possible to do something more...

I will have to try it...

I guess that at this level, those who know won't share or just share the minimum infos, keeping the little extra for themselves.

By Don_Walsh on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 12:43 pm: Edit

"Another mystery solved"?

Wolfgang, don't tell me you were unaware that the absinthins (exceedingly bitter) are insoluble in strong alcohol but very soluble in water?

While for the essential oils, the reverse is true?

As I have said before, KNOW why you are doing what you are doing at every step.

In this case it is fundamental.

And has been stated on this forum many times before.

By Wolfgang on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 09:51 am: Edit

Many years ago, my father used to harvest some wild variety of asclepiad. He had to steep it in salted water for hours to remove some of the bitternes so it could be cooked into a nice and original vegetable. I don't know if salt was very usefull.


Another mystery solved.

By Wolfgang on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 06:58 am: Edit

"strong enough in WATER concentration to extract ONLY the BAD stuff"

soluble in water

"and the good stuff is still in the herb"

insoluble in water

By Don_Walsh on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:26 am: Edit

I dunno, I have never been inclined to waste good vodka or good wormwood in this way.

The point is that vodka is not strong enough in alcohol concentration to extract the good stuff from wormwood, but it is plenty strong enough in WATER concentration to extract ONLY the BAD stuff, stuff that is automatically left behind when absinthe is made properly.

So, the vodka and wormwood thing is inherently ignorant and self defeating.

Furthermore, wormwood is not the principle herb in absinthe, anise is, so, what is the point of only using wormwood?

If one assembled the correct herbs in something like the correct proportions and steeped them in much stronger ethanol than vodka, what one would then have is an absinthe steep, still undrinkable but suitable for distillation.

But vodka and wormwood just gets you a useless mess because it is incomplete and the good stuff is still in the herb.

The whole key to absinthe is selective extraction and distillation.

By Alarick on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 04:09 pm: Edit

I would think that the smell would be enough of a reason to skip it :P

By Pikkle on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 04:00 pm: Edit

Yeah!

By Don_Walsh on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 03:59 pm: Edit

And because it is accessible and easy to try.

Although with just a little study you will decide to skip it, which is even easier.

By Heiko on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 03:43 pm: Edit

Most people think every alcoholic drink with wormwood turns into "absinthe", which is a bad drug and therefore it doesn't taste good anyways.

By _Blackjack on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 03:38 pm: Edit

Um, because most people are idiots? Or, at least, have no idea what absinthe really is and can't be bothered to do a little research.

By Pikkle on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 03:30 pm: Edit

It's tastier that soaking your socks in bleach, that's why!

By Alarick on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 03:26 pm: Edit

I know it is a stupid question but, why is soaking wormwood in vodka and calling it absinthe so popular?

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