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Absinthe anyone?
    #2754112 - 06/01/04 07:39 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Since I am always after the ultimate head and mushrooms are not an every day high, I visited one of the Shroomery's sponsers and came upon an Absinthe making kit. Once you tell me that it was a drink from the 1800's and it was banned worldwide, you've successfully peaked my curiosity.
First of all, like mushrooms, there is alot of work ahead of you to actually get the product. It dosn't come "ready made" (unless you wanna gamble spending close to $300 a bottle on the internet)
So it was off to the internet to purchase a case of 190 proof grain alcohol. I hope they don't think I'm a nut trying to make bombs or something because I had to order a case of Everclear grain alcohol.
So here's the process:
You macerate
Wormwood-Lemon balm-Anise seed-Star Anise-Fennel seed-Coriander-Calamus root-Angelica root-Hyssop
in 950 ml of grain alcohol for 10-14 days, stirring every couple of days. A day or so before you get ready to distill it you have to add 400 ml of water. After the 14 days you squeese out the liquid and you are ready to distill.
Now, you need to build yourself a still. As per the instructions I used a 4000 ml Erlenmyer flask (also found on the internet) 1/2 inch copper tubing and a 5 gallon bucket from Home Depot. Assembly is fairly easy. Just make six - 6" coils in the copper tubing and attach one end into the flask and the other end to a collection vessel. The coils need to be cooled down, hence, the 5 gallon bucket. A 1/2 inch hole is drilled into the bottom of the bucket so the coils are situated in the middle of the bucket and the bucket is filled with cold water.
The flask is filled with the raw Absinthe and water mixture and is brought to a boil. Obviously, the alcohol boils up first and the steam goes through the copper tubing, gets cooled off by the cold water in the bucket and then condenses into a pure clear Absinthe distillate which you gather up in your collection vessle.
Now all that is left is the finishing process which entails macerating more Wormwood, Mint, Lemon balm, Licorice root and Lemon peel in your distillate for another 4 days. This will impart that beautiful green color and unique taste to your Absinthe.
Now you might be asking why go through all this trouble for some stinking alcohol. I'm gonna tell you why. ABSINTHE IS THE SHIT!!!!!!
Talk about a fucking high, this is one of the best highs I have ever experienced in my life, and I've tried everything.
Now I see why this drink almost ruined the French economy in the 1800's. It's the shit!!! Everyone was addicted to this stuff.
After drinking it it becomes clear why writers like Oscar Wilde, Baudelaire, Van Gogh, Manet, Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso were addicted to this stuff. It brings out your weird side of your creativity.
Now here's the bad side: it's very ADDICTIVE and supposedly contains some bad poisons that could kill you if drank in large amounts. Screw that crap....ABSINTHE is the shit!!!!
So far I have experimented with 2-4 shots. Two is perfect. When I tried 4 shots, I was in a new Hard Rock Casino and I had to be held up because the people I was with were afraid I would fall all over the place and get thrown in jail. So 2 shots are just about perfect that is unless you build up a high tolerence to it, but I wouldn't suggest that, It would take away all the fun of this stuff.
For those of you out there who are against drinking alcohol I just want you to know that even though it is made with 190 proof grain alcohol and the finished product is extremely high proof, I can assure you that the high is not a drunk high at all. I would concider it more of a hydroponic reefer high. It is well worth the effort and bucks to get off on the Absinthe high!!!!!
There is also a ritual that goes with drinking Absinthe. You take a slotted spoon (actually called an Absinthe spoon) and put a cube of sugar in it and extremely slowly trickle water over the cube of sugar so that the sugar water goes into your glass of Absinthe so that the sugar water sweetens the Absinthe (sugar won't disolve in alcohol).
So there you have it, my two cents about the greatest drink in the world.......ABSINTHE.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2754746 - 06/01/04 11:00 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Sounds like a great time man. I love it when hard work pays off. Absinthe is something I definately plan on trying.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2755043 - 06/02/04 12:31 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I really wouldn't concider it "hard work", more like a labor of love. You wouldn't concider inoculation jars and fruiting fungus a hard job, would you?
However, it is an amazing feeling to distill your own alcohol and actually be able to enjoy it. My grandparents made beer in their bathtub a long time ago, this is probably how they felt even though Absinthe is a far cry from home made beer.
And definately try it!!!


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2755732 - 06/02/04 04:06 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Hmm, I too love absinthe, but I never have made it before, sounds like a neat thing that I may have to try in the future. Just one thing, absinthe has a reverse tolerance. So look forward to it getting better. When last I danced with the Green Fairy I had ordered three bottles. The first glass was great, the last glass was something beyond.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: Lizard_King]
    #2756292 - 06/02/04 11:42 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Be weiry my friends for there is a great deal of sub standard Absinthe kits out there. They are not all the same!!!!!
Also remember, you get what you pay for. Make sure it contains all of the essential ingredients that I mentioned in my recipe. Make sure the ingredients are organically grown. Cheap is cheap!!!
As far as it getting better with use.......wooooooo, I can't wait. I have 2 more 950 ml bottles on the way.
BTW, how much did you pay for the Absinthe on the internet? I can buy Absinthe at a local liquor store for $30 a bottle but if you read the fine print, it clearly stated that it contains NO WORMWOOD!!! it asys it contains it's cousin, another type of herb which is no way as potent as wormwood. And to add insult to injury, it gets it's green color from blue dye#6 and yellow dye#3. What a scam!!


Edited by beatlebangboy (06/02/04 11:48 AM)


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2758126 - 06/02/04 09:34 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Damn, they had absinthe all over the place when I visited the Czech Republic last year. I knew I should've tried it while I was there.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: triptOuT913]
    #2758569 - 06/02/04 11:15 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Picked up a bottle in Spain recently - 1L of Absenta Tunel - see my thread in OTD :smile:


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2758660 - 06/02/04 11:31 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

this thread interested me so i did some research, sounds pretty good! i think i'm gonna put an order in to get those herbs. so is that the shit johnny depp was drinking in that jack the ripper movie?


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: HarvestTheBrain]
    #2758933 - 06/03/04 12:28 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I paid $210 CND for three bottles from http://www.spiritscorner.com/ing/ the price was considerably higher than it could've been, but I opted for the fasted shipping method. My favourite that I've tried thus far: Absenta Serpis, nicely potent, good taste but red for some reason.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: Lizard_King]
    #2760441 - 06/03/04 12:59 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I say, make your own!!!
At least you know the quality. Not to mention all the fun you'll have distilling it yourself. You'll feel like Otis from the Andy Griffith show.
As far as the RED color, never heard of a red Absinthe. Let me know how it was. Enjoy!!!!


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2761660 - 06/03/04 11:47 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

how bout some pics? that would be sweet. i mean, i can picture it, but a picture would be better


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: HarvestTheBrain]
    #2761912 - 06/04/04 01:02 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

You know, for the life of me, I can never figure out how to post pictures with my posts. I just distilles 2000 ml of pure Absinthe and if you tell me how to post the pictures I just took, I'll be more than happy to share them with you. Make it easy. I'm on my 2nd shot and I'm fucked up.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2762085 - 06/04/04 02:24 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

i made absinthe using everclear and the shroomery's absinthe vendor and me and my girlfriend got the worst hangovers ever (my g/f's was literally the worst of her life--though she probably drank too much of it).

posting pictures: click on 'reply' (not 'quick reply') , then click on the link that says "Put picture(s) in this post." then click browse, click on the file (make sure its a .jpg, .gif or .png), then upload picture. it'll then give you a long url which you cut&paste back into the original reply msg.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: Tao]
    #2762770 - 06/04/04 11:56 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

When I do that it just sends my pictures to "My picture gallery". How do I get them from my gallery to my post.
Now as far as the Absinthe goes, I make very clear that "all absinthe kits ARE NOT ALIKE!!!!!"
A real recipe kit ain't cheap. I think I know where you got your kit and if I am right it isn't a good recipe. I have turned 10+ people on to my Absinthe (beautiful Absinthe I might add) and they all wanted to buy some from me because they thought it was great. I told them to buy all the ingredients and I'll distill it for them (I find that part almost as much fun as drinking it) and I was in no way gonna part with my sacred stash of 3 litres. I won't plug or bash any vendors here, but next time try a different kit for making your Absinthe. And absolutely keep using EVERCKEAR.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2764345 - 06/04/04 09:29 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)





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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2764349 - 06/04/04 09:30 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

The top picture is 2000 ml of freshly distilled Absinthe. The bottom one is obvious.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2764671 - 06/04/04 11:45 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Mmmmmmmmm.........greeny.
thanks for the pics, but actually i was hoping to get a glimpse of your (or your friends  :wink: ) still so we can see how the setup is


Edited by HarvestTheBrain (06/04/04 11:49 PM)


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: HarvestTheBrain]
    #2764736 - 06/05/04 12:08 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

O.K. I have a picture and I now know how to post them. Now the problem is that they won't let me upload a ficture for another 20 minutes. I'll post it with directions later.


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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2764747 - 06/05/04 12:16 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)



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Re: Absinthe anyone? [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #2764766 - 06/05/04 12:22 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

ahhhhhhh, its movin but its not movin


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