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u/simsoy · 2 pointsr/tea

Sorry, generic tea copypasta coming though here.




New to Tea? New to loose leaf? Let me help.

Hello, new friend. So you've stumbled your way into /r/tea, you probably though this was a subreddit for the Mr. T, but no worries you're here and you're in good hands. We're all tea fiends and we're all eager to share our fifteen minutes of meditation, our hobby and our little slice of heaven. So why should you consider switching from Lipton to something crazy like leaves some Chinese person picked off a tea bush?

  • Loose Leaf tea is often higher quality than your traditional tea bags.

  • Less preservatives or additives.

  • A greater variety of teas that are too delicate for tea bags or can't be effectively brewed that way.

  • Greater access to fine teas, you can't find good premium teas in tea bags.

  • It's more cost effective. You can pick up Twinning's Irish Breakfast tea (20 tea bags) for $2.99 at your local supermarket and that'll make you 20 cups of tea. With loose leaf tea you can buy 125 grams of Irish Breakfast from Upton Tea for $5.60, which will make you 100-150 cups of tea. You can re-brew the same tea leaves two or three times when it comes to loose leaf, but with a tea bag all the water penetrates the "tea dust" the first go.

  • It tastes better. That's 100-150 cups of far better tea than Twinnings. Not to say you can't get good tea out of a tea bag, but you'll get better tea with more control/flexibility when it come to loose leaf.


    So, Where To Start??

    ^^buy ^^theses ^^teas ^^first!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where | Why?
    GoodLife Tea's $7 for 7 Sampler | Free Shipping! Robb has a fantastic variety of tasty high quality tea important for building up your tea pallet.
    Verdant's Five Teas for $5 | Free Shipping! Again, Verdant sells some premium quality tea. Think of their sampler as a crash course into the rich people's side of tea. But the catch with tea is that it's a lot more affordable than wine could ever hope to be. The sampler is great for building up your tea preferences and giving you a kickstart in the right direction.
    Upton Tea | My personal favorite store, they send a nice little paperback catalog every quater. They sell a huge variety of teas, from traditional English Breakfast to Tie-Guan-Yin. Not only that but they sell their teas in different grades meaning you can dabble in what is traditionally an expensive tea by trying a lower quality (but still delicious and tasty) grade of tea. You can find the grade and variety of tea that matches your wallet and taste. They also sell cheap samplers, if you wish you can take $20 and order around 15 samples and see where your cuppa takes you.
    Adagio | A personal favorite of /r/tea if you can find a store nearby! But don't fret, most of us buy our tea online so no worries if you're in Kodiak, Alaska and can't get down to an Adagio. They sell nice quality tea, their stores people are incredibly informed and helpful (unlike a certain Starbucks owned tea store). They also have Adagio XL which sells tea in bulk.
    Harney & Sons | Amazon Prime Shipping. I love my Amazon account, that's usually by go to place online shopping and being able to two-day ship a simple tin of Harney & Sons tea without the shipping cost is fantastic. They sell lots of teas and they're all very good. Maybe not the premium tea you'll see Chinese diplomats drinking but they in my opinion sell tea that all tastes great.
    Coffee Bean Direct | Who knew a place called
    Coffee Bean Direct* sold tea too? Again, with Amazon Prime Shipping this seems to be the place to buy tea in bulk. They're well reviewed and their tea seems to be good. If you're like me and cold brew ice tea frequently then this might be the best place to pick up some bulkier tea to last you the season.
    Crimson Lotus | Owned by a frequenter of /r/tea, Puerh_Lover stocks a great store with lots of neat little stuff. Be warned, he caters to pu'er which is a type of fermented tea pressed into bricks or pellets. In other words this is a special variety of tea that needs special equipment and special knowledge to brew. Don't fret if you're not walking out of /r/tea after a day brewing in a gaiwan.
    White2Tea | More lovely pu'er.
    Yunnan Sourcing | Again, more pu'er, but also lots of green and white teas too. They sell teaware for good prices too so if you're looking to pick up a traditional china teacup or gaiwan this is a good place to get that.
    What-Cha | Another beloved store on /r/tea, but they're pretty pricey at times. But you can always expect good quality tea and a looser wallet from here.


    Just How Do You Make Tea?

    Traditional Western | Gongfu | Cold Brew
    The way you're probably familiar with when it comes to brewing tea, all it requires is a teapot like this one (I highly recommend this teapot). Western or Traditional works well with every kind of tea. It's the universal method of making tea and the best place to start. | This kind of brewing is very specific as it only works with Chinese type teas like pu'er. This method of making tea is hands down the best way to make a Chinese styled tea and does wonders to enhance and bring out the best in the leaves. But this method wont work for a cuppa English Breakfast or Japanese Sencha. To brew Gongfu style you use a gaiwan which is fancy talk for a tiny cup with a lid. The idea behind Gongfu is more leaves, less water and time. You use micro-infusions instead of waiting minutes like Western or hours like Cold Brewing. | Cold Brewing is for those of us who just love iced tea. It's simple to cold brew, a vessel like this will brew a mean pitcher of ice tea. All you have to do is leave the leaves in the filter and wait 5-12 hours for the tea to brew, perfect for leaving overnight. Fair Warning: tea can go bad, the kind of stuff you'd buy at the store has a massive amount of preservatives in it. Keep your cold brewing tea out of the sunlight and don't let it sit for more than 48 hours.


    On Kettles

    So you're going to need a way to keep your water hot. A stovetop kettle is probably the most accessible and the biggest no brainer out of everything here. A microwave heats water inconsistently, can leave an odd taste if your microwave isn't properly clean, and you really don't have a good way of knowing how hot the water is. Temperature is important. Brewing a cuppa green tea in boiling water will result in a pretty shitty cup of tea, and brewing some black tea in the water appropriate for green tea will result in a disappointing cuppa.

    You also have electric kettles like the Cuisinart CPK-17 which is going to cost as much as a decent coffee machine but if tea is your caffeine fix then it might be worth it. The Cuisinart is a variable temperature kettle meaning you just have to press a button and it makes the water the appropriate temperature for whatever kind of tea you're drinking.

    Tea | Temperature
    Black | 212
    Green | 175
    White | 190
    Oolong | 185
    Pu'er | 212
    Herbal | 212


    Where To Buy Tea Equipment? What Equipment Might You Want To Buy?

    Umi Tea Sets sells lots of cute tea sets. They also sell pretty much any kind of vessel you can brew tea in, from Yixing to Japanese tea sets.

    Mr. Coffee Tea Kettle A simple, $10 stovetop kettle to boil some water. It seems to have a little hole in it for a thermometer to go in if you need to measure your water temperature.

    Glass Whistling Kettle I have one of these, you can tell water temperature from the bubbles if you learn to read them well. It’s pretty handy but if I could I would exchange it for the Mr. Coffee.

    CPK-17 Electronic Kettle probably the device that makes most of /r/tea’s mouths water (that might just be the tea). This is pretty much the best electronic kettle you can buy, cheaper than a K-Cup Coffee machine. It has temperatures for making all kinds of tea labeled nicely. I have one and I love it.


    Want to find the right kind of tea for you? Here’s a tea discovery wheel! Try it out here.
u/jesteraak · 16 pointsr/food

The recipe per request,

I'll start with the hardware. I'm by no means an expert cake decorator, and beyond the class I took in HS years ago haven't decorated a cake before. Aside from the standard baking tools I consider the following essential:


  • Cake tins - I used 8" rounds, make sure they have sides perpendicular to the bottom of the pan
  • piping bags & tips - to make all the fancy stuff and to pipe icing for dams & around the cake
  • old dish towel & clothes pins - wet them and wrap them around the tins while they bake, promotes level rising
  • spackle or drywall knife or bench scrape - to get everything nice and smooth. Make sure the blade is longer than your cake is tall.
  • Offset spatula - helps glob frosting on and smooth things around
  • Cake rounds - round cardboard to set the cake on. 2" bigger than your cake pan worked for me.
  • Decorating turntable - spin cake, goes roundy round
  • Squirt bottle - these are pretty handy for everything from salad dressing to lemon juice. I picked up these puppies from amazon
  • Stand Mixer - I guess a hand mixer would work too, but a KitchenAid is well worth the investment for this and so much more.
  • Fondant Smoother - It's like a cement trowel for a cake.
  • Viva Paper Towels - mechanic paper towels would work too, basically you need a paper towel without any texture, or maybe you want texture. It's your cake, texture it if you want!
  • Treadmill - gotta work these cake calories off somehow!


    As for the software you will need,


  • 2 boxes of your favorite cake mix - i'm sure you can make it from scratch, it might taste better but this is enough work as it is. Duncan Heinz is the bomb anyway. I used their angel food cake for this particular cake. Whatever ingredients the box o' cake calls for.
  • 3 value size bags of confectioner's sugar - Walmart has a massive bag for about $1.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate - ghiradelli chips or bar
  • Whole milk - don't skimp here, fat is our friend. It's a cake, not a kale protein smoothie.
  • Heavy Whipping cream - about a quart
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Unsalted butter - I buy the value pack from costco, freeze it if you don't use it. At least 2 lbs standing by.
  • Hi-Ratio Shortening - This is optional I think, more on this later.
  • Vanilla - the real stuff, not the imitation. Don't worry about clear vanilla, my buttercream turned out plenty white with pure vanilla extract that was brown.
  • AP Flour
  • Regular Granulated Sugar
  • Strawberry's - the big box, not the little box. What's it like 2lbs? I used about half inside the cake and another 1/4 on top.


    Alright, so the entire process took me two days. You could probably do it in a shorter period of time, but I was in no rush and this was my first cake attempt so I took my time. Here are roughly the steps I took,

  1. Bake the cakes. Set your oven to whatever it needs to be set to and prep the cake tins. I rubbed butter all over the interior of the tins, then sifted some flour in the tin to give it a light coat getting rid of excess. This helps it rise evenly. Some people use non-sweetened cocoa powder for chocolate cakes, which I guess you could do but I covered mine in icing so who cares. You also want to wrap wet dishtowels around the circumferance of the pan to promote even baking. I used two full boxes for two cakes, with 4 cups of batter in each tin. I definitely could have gotten away with 3. With 4 the cake rose up over the edge of the 8" tin and I got some rounding on the edges. When a piece of wood (toothpick, skewer, chopstick) inserted into the center comes out clean, they are done. Took an extra 20 mins from the box directions for me. YMMV. After the cakes are done let them cool on a wire rack a bit. You can use a dish towel draped over the top of the cake to gently push it down to try and even it out if it's not level. Flip them out of the tins onto a wire rack and let them cool till you can wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate them. I chilled mine overnight, made decorating them much easier. The key is getting cakes (i think it's officially called torting) that are nice and even. You can cut them or use a cake leveler. They are pretty cheap on amazon. It's like a house, if the foundation is crooked the house is going to be too. Make sure you cake rounds are nice and even and level.

  2. Prep the strawberries and the whipped cream filling. For the strawberries mine weren't super ripe, so I sliced them up, tossed them in sugar (2 T or so), put into a strainer that I set in a bowl, covered in plastic and refrigerated overnight. This helps the berries release some of the excess juices so when you put them on your pretty white buttercream it doesn't turn your cake into a murder scene from Dexter. Next comes the whipped cream. You have to make stabilized whipped cream or else the little bubbles of air you whip into the cream are going to collapse. Here's the tutorial I used. You'll need the cream, gelatin, some vanilla, and powdered sugar for the whipped cream.

  3. Next you need to make some buttercream. I used a recipe from a tutorial here. This also covers how to damn, fill, crumbcoat, and outercoat the cake. You can watch the tutorial for the deets but here's my insight. Note that for my filling I did a layer of strawberry, whipped cream, then another layer of strawberry instead of buttercream to change it up. For the buttercream the shortening does give you some pretty stiff buttercream, but it also reminds me of the icing you'd find on an Entemann's cake. It wasn't terrible tasting per se, but it definitely wasn't buttery butter cream. I'll try this again without using the shortening, and I've seen other tutorials that just use butter and their cakes look just as smooth with straight, crisp edges. I did find it was easier to use a big piping tip to pipe the icing on for the crumb coat rather than just slather it on the sides. If you are set on trying the shortening make sure you get Hi Ratio Shortening, which is basically shortening that has transfat in it. Transfat is pretty terrible for you, so don't eat this cake like all the time. Walmart supposedly carries a variety, but I picked mine up from Amazon. Was like $18 for a 3lb tub. Totally not worth it if you can just use butter and achieve the same results.

  4. Once you've got your cake all iced, chilled and ready you can add the exterior decorations. To get the drips on the side I followed this tutorial and just used semi-sweet instead of white chocolate. Make sure you test your ganache out of the squirt bottle to see how far it runs down a tupperware lid or something. Once you've got the desired consistency (usually related to the temperature of the ganache) you just spin the cake around while you squirt chocolate on the edge. Anywhere you want a bigger drip, put more ganache. Have fun with it. There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. For the base I just did a simple swirly with a star tip around the edge. There's a million icing tips and tutorials and guides on what they produce. Practice on some papertowel and have fun! I used whipped cream for my decorations since it's stiff enough to keep a shape and tastes WAY better then buttercream. Downside is you have to refrigerate the cake or else all that food born illness stuff. Use common sense. After the ganache sets, put the strawberries on the inside of the ganache (helps keep any excess juice from running down the cake) and add whatever other decorations you'd like.


    That's about the long of it, sorry for the stream of consciousness, typing this from memory, but hope this helps. Good luck - now hit the treadmill :)

u/torgo3000 · 3 pointsr/bourbon

I hate to be that guy that says "Read the fuckin sticky", but, the bourbon guide is very very good here, and I used it when I ventured here from scotch land. Check it out on the sidebar, or just click here!

I like /u/rebo2's idea of getting smaller bottles to try and do a taste test, but i would definitely suggest going through the guide and start off by getting Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, and Maker's Mark, in that order. Make sure that by the time you buy your third bottle, you still have some left over in each of the other two bottles so you can compare. Setup a night where you can taste all 3 back to back to back. This will give you a chance to really compare the difference between low rye, high rye, and wheated bourbons. There is a reason why these 3 are recommended for beginners, you get a really great base for tasting everything else in Bourbon land.

My personal favorites of commonly purchasable items, Buffalo Trace, Makers, Wild Turkey 101, Jim Beam Black (far superior to the white label), Four Roses small batch, Elijah Craig 12, Eagle Rare, and Old Weller Antique 107.

For the Rye Whiskey, Sazerac Rye, High West Rendezvous Rye, Bulleit Rye, and Rittenhouse. I need to try a few more ryes to be honest, but i love the spicy flavors they have.

Invest in some real glassware, get some old fashioned glasses at least, and when you are ready get some Glencairn glasses. You can find them relatively inexpensive on Amazon, I linked the Glencairn set I purchased.

Read /u/texacer guide on reviewing whiskey. Also, watch this Highland Park video on nosing and tasting. These both helped me tremendously for appreciating and learning how to nose and taste whiskey. There is a ton of great info in both links.

Hope this helps, good luck and ask away any questions on this sub, I have found that this is my favorite sub here on Reddit, everyone is super awesome here. Remember, whiskey is best shared with friends, so bring some friends with you on your journey if you can.

u/share-and-enjoy · 1 pointr/whisky


TL;DR - Standard answer, the Glencairn glass (the official {Scotch} Whisk(e)y glass). My current favorite though is the Taylor'd Milestones Reserve Whiskey and Scotch Glasses available HERE

I'm by no means an expert, but I have tried many different shapes of glassware over the years... So, here are some of my experiences.

The standard highball/lowball, with their straight 🥃 (or even at times obtuse _/ ) sides, allows for too much area for many of the aromatics in the whisky to disperse and even escape, making the whisky very bland and uninteresting, thereby "weakening" or "taming" it a bit. Hence, this is where most people start.

Something with a bit of a bowl or tulip (_) to it is kind of the next step up. This helps to concentrate the aromas and can help to bring out some of the subtleties of a good whisky.

Then there is the Glencairn style glasses, which kind of combine the previous two. It is a slightly bowled base with the straightened tip of a lowball. This is the official Scotch Whisky glass, and does a really great job at really getting you intimately close with your whisky, bringing out even the slightest nuances. However, to me, this can be a bit much for whisky that is a little heavy on the nose.

So, the 3 different glasses that I have tried that use a very similar shape to the Glencairn, but widen the rim up a bit, thereby taming the nose ever so slightly, are the Canadian Glencairn, the Norlan, and the Taylor'd Milestones Reserve Whiskey and Scotch Glasses.

The Canadian Glencairn is a great glass but there are two things that bug me a bit about it. First off, it is slightly awkward to drink out of, as you nearly have to put the glass vertical before anything comes out. The second, much more minor issue, is that your hand is right on your whisky only separated by a very thin layer of glass, which will lead to warming up your whisky. Which you may or may not enjoy.

Then came the Norlan glass. It is essentially a Glencairn glass with some aerators in the bowl housed in a double walled tulip shaped glass, that way your hand will not warm up your whisky with a lingering enjoyment of a good dram. However, again, to me, it is just slightly awkward to sip from.

Enter the Taylor'd Milestones Reserve Whiskey and Scotch Glasses. And mentioned above, this is currently my favorite glass to enjoy a nice dram in. It is essentially a Glencairn this has an opening that is about 1.5 times the diameter (which can tame a slightly heavy nosing whisky just the right amount), and then a nice lowball type weight at the bottom of it. So, it feels great in the hand, and you don't have to have your hand right on the whisky if you don't want to. It also feels much more natural to sip from.

The link to the Taylor'd Milestones Reserve Whiskey and Scotch Glasses is at the top, but here are some links to some legit Glencairns.

The original Glencairn - 2 pack, 4 pack, or 6 pack

I would recommend that you use either the seller Stock Your Home or Our Pampered Home, as they both sell the official legitimate Glencairn glassware, and tend to be one of the lowest priced ones as well. There are a substantial amount of fakes out there! So, here are the same links, but for Stock Your Home (if available).

Original - 2 pack, 4 pack, or 6 pack

And then for Our Pampered Home (if available).

Original - 2 pack, 4 pack, or 6 pack

(Sorry for the delayed post, I've had a busy past couple of days)

All the best... Enjoy!

u/kaidomac · 1 pointr/homemaking

So a quick review:

  • The Force of Nature (FON) unit is surprisingly small
  • No cap - just a pour spout
  • Fill to the line with water, break & squeeze the capsule in, press the button, let sit for 10 minutes, done!
  • Makes the water look fizzy while it's charging it (or whatever it's called)
  • Pour spout makes filling the sprayer easy
  • Turn the sprayer knob a little for mist, and more for a stream

    As far as the cleaner goes:

  • Smells like a pool ( a well-maintained pool, not a horribly over-chlorinated pool
  • Takes about 10 minutes after wiping dry for the smell to go away
  • Does a good on multiple surfaces (including glass)

    As far as cleaning goes:

  • To clean, spray & wipe
  • To disinfect, you have to spray it, leave it for 10 minutes, THEN wipe it - think of it like toilet bowl cleaner, it's gotta sit for awhile
  • There's no alcohol in the spray, so it takes forever to evaporate, so you have to wipe it dry
  • They recommend scrubbing down gross surfaces with baking soda & water as needed (to clear the surface), THEN clean with the FON spray, then wipe dry

    Glass cleaning is pretty good, although you have to work a bit harder than my homemade glass does clean the glass & leave it streak-free, although at an angle I could see some "foggy" spots. This is the recipe for my homemade glass cleaner, which is wicked amazing:

  • 1/4-cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1/4-cup White Vinegar
  • 2-teaspoons Cornstarch (this is what makes it streak-free)
  • 2-cups Water

    Directions: (works great, WAY better than Windex!)

  1. Combine using a blender (make sure to clean the blender out with soap or in the dishwasher after!)
  2. Pour into a spray bottle (I get those blue glass misting bottles off Amazon)
  3. I just use paper towels to wipe it off

    Anyway...I'm a bit sensitive to smells, and the FON spray definitely smelled like a pool to me. It's not a "nice, light, fresh, clean" scent like Febreze or smells like a chlorinated pool. Not like a "whack you in the face" smell like Lysol with Bleach, but strong enough to be noticeable. The smell does dissipate pretty well after ten minutes or so, but if you're working extensively in a small, poorly-ventilated space like a half-bathroom, make sure to leave the door open!

    So far so's cleaned everything I've thrown at it! One thing I was really happy with is my plastic squeeze bottles for cooking oil...I have various plastic squeeze bottles like this:

    I use them for various oils like olive oil, canola oil, etc. for easy squirting while cooking. The plastic tends to get VERY greasy from the oil & I've never quite been able to de-grease them, even with liquid dish soap or in the dishwasher. The FON spray did a GREAT job with them! Granted, they sucked up a little bit of the chlorine smell into the outside, but at least they're not all greasy when I touch them anymore!

    I have a large supply of capsules from the one-year starter kit, so I'll continue to use them & see how they fare. So far, it seems to be a pretty universal cleaner, and despite the chlorine scent (which isn't horrible, and also airs out after awhile, for the most part), isn't killing my nose, making me dizzy, or giving me headaches from the noxious smell like other cleaning chemicals do. I'll have to give it a try on carpet next, to see how it fares...
u/JamesAGreen · 10 pointsr/mead

It takes quite a bit of effort to oxidize mead while racking. Just to give you an idea, we "rack" our meads with a large pump at the rate of several tens of gallons per minute (and at this point in time there is also a fair amount of off-gassing of dissolved CO2). I recommend you invest in a sterile siphon starter. You should try and plan on having enough mead going into secondary to fill whatever secondary/tertiary vessel you have well into the shoulder/neck (to minimize oxidation at the mead/air interface). If you don't quite have enough mead, you can add sanitized glass marbles or you can 'jacket' the mead with a layer of CO2 if you have a tank (if you've force carbonated a beer before, or something). Another (cheaper) option is to buy a can of wine preserver, which is a mixture of argon, CO2, nitrogen, etc (non-oxygen gases). The can is very light, and most people think the can is empty when they buy it - it is not. It comes with a WD-40-style straw and instructions for how to use it - but you could use it to jacket a carboy just like a user of a CO2 tank.

Cherries can be really delightful in a mead. I recommend using dark, tart/sour cherries (e.g. Balaton cherries, Montmorency, any nice morello-type cherry you can get your hands on). These can be pitted or unpitted, or you can use pitted cherries with some number of pits added back to the fermentation (use sparingly). Most people will recommend freezing the fruit for a week or so and thawing, although if you can purchase pitted, IQF/frozen fruit that can be nice, also. Ground shipping would be cheaper if the temperature is below freezing where you are this time of year. I recommend using a muslin bag or other fruit-containment device in your primary bucket - this will make racking easier and "cap management" a little nicer, also. If you use a copius amount of cherries in primary, then you can also expect that it will be eminently drinkable in 3-4 months time (with the proper yeast selection, of course, e.g. 71B-1122 or another low-nitrogen requirement yeast) but one which will also age extremely well - the fermentation will be extremely healthy because the yeast will scavenge cell-wall materials from the fruit's own cells, and the fruit also adds nutrients and a buffer against rapid changes in pH. Ferment at the bottom of the temperature range for this yeast.. In terms of honey and amounts, you can learn the various mead calculators on the sidebar, but in the end you will need to suss out how much residual sweetness you need to balance the tartness from the cherries, and also for your personal taste in residual sweetness. This can also change depending on the alcohol balance, determined by the yeast strain you select.

Star san is awesome.

Giving fresh, clean water to your cats is vitally important before you make mead with them. This way they are tender and hydrated, and I find the honey and cat flavors are well integrated and age well. If you are really serious about making a cat mead, see if you can find free-range cats from a local farm. I find the alley cats and other urban felines give the mead too many barnyard-esque, horse-blankety, and even phenolic off-flavors.

u/skyswordsman · 5 pointsr/tea

Id say get a sample of a couple of different teas to try out. There are many websites to buy teas from, brownestrabbit having listed some of them. There is also Teavana and Republic of Tea as well.

For equipment, I would get a simple teamaker such as this one from Adagio. Other places carry this style of teamaker, but I dont know their pricing. It is a simple cup with a filter at the bottom, and acts like a gravity press when you place it on top of any cup or mug. Theres a video review of it in the comments of that page.

After that, id say get a e-kettle. A cheap 20$ one from walmart or target will suffice. Nothing too fancy, just something to boil water very quickly.

Since you are just starting out, dont buy into all the clay/yixing/cast iron/bone china/etc teapots. You can think about those later in life. Your focus should be on the taste of tea, not on what it comes in.

There are a couple of different types of teas, and ill make a quick and dirty list for ya here. And always try and go whole leaf/loose leaf if you have the option.

Actual Tea

These contain the actual tea leaves, Camelia Sinesis and Camelia Assamica

  • White Tea: The lightest of the 4. Also the least amount of caffeine. Will often be very light and gentle in flavor, so if you like very gentle teas, white teas are often the go to guy.
  • Green Tea: The superman of teas. Green teas have many health properties which have been scientifically backed and peer reviewed. It is one of the few that actually has studies done on it. Has a bit more caffeine than white, anywhere from 10-15% the content of a similar cup of coffee. The flavor range is so vast that ill let you discover what you like. There are lots of different types of green teas, so go check em out.
  • Oolong Tea: China's favourite. Oolong is a hybrid of sorts between a green and black tea. So therefore some oolong will be very green in presence, others will be very black. Oolong is the kind of tea youll like if you enjoy a more traditional "tea" taste, rather than the fruit/herbal blends you see at the supermarket. Goes great with food, and has a very mild taste.
  • Black Tea: Europe's baby. Try a solid english breakfast from a good company, like Twinnings or PGtips. Then try an earl grey. Now expand from there. Dont add any sugar or milk to begin with, so you can fully experience the flavor without masking it with additives.

    Other Teas

  • Rooibos Teas: Rooibos comes from a South African bush, so it will be very prickly in appearance when loose. Has ZERO caffeine, and contains alot of flavor so its popular to drink at night. You will find it mostly blended with other flavors, so find one you like and test it out.

  • Yerba maté Teas: The Redbull of the tea world. Has a buttload of caffeine, and is very dark so its similar to black teas. Some energy drink companies have started to put this stuff in their energy drinks to add that extra jolt.

  • Herbal Blends: These dont contain any actual tea leaves, and are often just various flora and dried fruits. They are good to mix into one of the base teas with to add a unique flavor.

    A couple of tips:

  • Dont buy into all that health PR marketing spiel. Things like "super-fruit enriched, may help lose weight, etc etc" are lots of bullshit and hype topped on a very small grain of truth. Youre drinking tea for the flavor and any benefits are a nice bonus, not the other way around. If you want something to help with cancer, go get chemo. Ive seen too many people suckered into buying teas because they think it will "do something" for them, such as make them lose weight, cut fat, get significantly healthier, etc etc. Also, if you go to an actual store like Teavana, dont trust what the salespeople tell you, because they are sales people first, and tea assistants second.

  • If you have the chance to go smell lots of different teas, do so. Trust your nose, it will know what you will like more than a salesperson will. A caveat to this is sweetness. The western diet has become so laden with sugar substitutes(lookin at you high fructose corn syrup ಠ_ಠ)
    that it often cannot appreciate something that doesnt come up and punch your tongue in the face. So if you smell a very sweet tea, try to stray away from it.

  • I know its a lot of info, and it can be very easy to get sucked into a tea-elitist type of mentality, similar to wine. Ultimately, tea is about one thing, and that is the taste and your personal enjoyment of it. If you love your tea over steeped and burnt to a crisp, and you know that its not supposed to be that way, then fuck anyone who says youre doing it wrong. That is the catch though, you have to know the "correct" way before going off and doing your own thing, so that youre not missing out on anything.

    TL:DR- Get a cheap teamaker, get some loose leaf green tea, no sugar.

    PS: I like to call drinking earl grey while in my chair "pulling a Jean Luc", in reference to Capt. Picard from Star Trek.

    If you want to know more, feel free to shoot me a message, will be glad to help.
u/ShotFromGuns · 266 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Oh man. Brace yourselves, I am a total Amazon junkie. (Note: These may not all be BIFL, but I'm responding to the OP in specific.)

  • $9 butter keeper. (I bought a slightly different one that's no longer available, but it's the same basic design.) Keeping butter that isn't for cooking or baking in the fridge is for chumps. Mine is always perfectly spreadable room temperature while staying fresh for weeks... sometimes months.

  • $9 TV antenna. I didn't own a TV until a few years ago, and it didn't have a built-in antenna. I don't watch much broadcast TV, so I grabbed the cheapest one I could find. Case in point for why digital is better than analog, this one picks up every digital channel perfectly.

  • $13 shoe rack (now $18). Over the past year of living in this flat, I'd developed a bad tendency of kicking my shoes off at the bottom of the stairs just inside the front door. This looked like a cheap piece of shit, but I figured for the price I couldn't go wrong. Now almost every single pair of shoes I own is in one spot where it's easy to grab—and, more importantly, everything's out of the way of people coming in and out of the house.

  • $14 jug of earplugs (50 pair). Essential for sleeping with the window open in loud neighborhoods, sharing rooms with snoring friends on a trip, or sharing beds with snoring dudes or gals you're sleeping with. These were also my go-to earplugs for shows until I got a pair that's better for listening to music.

  • $22 electric kettle. The coffeemaker in our office puts out water that isn't nearly hot enough for a proper cuppa, and I got sick of microwaving it to boiling a mug's worth at a time. No bells and whistles, but it's performed perfectly since day one, with no breaking-in period like you get with kettles that have plastic parts in contact with the water.

  • $32 32'/10m HDMI cable. Ran it between the computer in my bedroom and the TV in my living room, allowing me to watch all kinds of streaming TV and downloaded videos with friends in a spot more comfortable than standing in front of my desk.

  • Slightly over the $50 limit, but $53 space heater. My best friend and roommate is one of those dudes who's built like a furnace, and our place uses radiators for heat. We had a few days of him sweating his ass off even with the thermostat set to 68, before I realized that we could just turn it way the hell down, and I could heat my own bedroom separately. This sucker dumps out a ton of heat, with a slew of features to sweeten the deal (my favorite being the remote control).

  • Another that's slightly over, but $55 garment steamer. Collapses small enough to fit pretty much anywhere I've ever needed to store it, puts out steam within maybe 30 seconds of turning it on, and with a full tank has enough water to steam as many items as I've ever needed to do in a row. I haven't touched my iron once since I bought this thing, and my only regret is not buying one as soon as I started college over a decade ago.

    And, saving the best for last:

  • $43 heated footrest. Hands-down, this is one of the best things I've ever bought in my life. I was looking for an unobtrusive, unobnoxious way to help myself stay warm in the office, which tends to be chillier than my taste year-round. When I opened it up, I was skeptical, since it looked like a cheap injection-molded piece of shit. Now, I'm pretty sure I'd rescue it from a fire before my mother. I don't want to imagine ever trying to get through another winter without it.


    EDIT: As requested by /u/Mogrix, I posted List Part II: Electric Boogaloo, with more items from my Amazon history.
u/saltyteabag · 2 pointsr/tea

The IngenuiTEA is pretty great for a starter infuser. That's what I got when I first began exploring loose tea. Mine has mostly been replaced by actual teapots these days, but I do still use it on occasion to brew a cup to go. Tons of room for your tea to expand, the strainer is nice and fine so you don't get sediment, and it's easy to clean up. I got the 32oz. one because the price difference was negligible, but it depends on if you see yourself sharing with anyone or not. This Hario teapot is what replaced mine, and I absolutely love it, so there's another option for you to think about.

As for kettle, you may just wanna go with something cheap to start out and just use a kitchen thermometer to get it to the right temp (that's what I did for a long time). Temperature control is good, but that one isn't very big. If you decide to get some nice teapots down the road, you may end up having to replace it with something bigger anyway.

Not sure what to tell you about for a cup, it just depends on your needs... how long does it need to stay hot, does it have to completely seal, etc. The ones that come with infusers shouldn't necessarily be a deal breaker. Most infusers are removable and may come in handy some day. This one is on my wish list (I have a different one by the same company that is great but can't vouch for this actual one).

For tea, Adagio is a great place to start, that's what I did. They have lots of little 4-pack samplers that are awesome. Verdant still has their $5 for 5 samples deal which is pretty hard to beat, although some of their stuff may not necessarily be geared towards beginners.

u/chiefkeefOFFICIAL · 1 pointr/Scotch

Agreed here - Highland Park is great for working in the peat and smoke flavors that a lot of other bottles will hit you in the face with. I've had a dram of HP 18 (not enough) and just finished a bottle of HP 12 (one of my favorite daily drinkers) and they're both fantastic. Definitely enjoy this one slowly, maybe take a few drams and get some Wine Preserver and seal it back up if you plan on keeping it for a longer period of time. Maybe try some now, seal it up, and come back to it when you might have more experience with scotch.

Sorry for your loss, but congrats on your bottle. Sharing with family is a great way to taste it and enjoy what's been passed on to you. When my great aunt passed a couple years ago, I was given a great brandy and we all split the Dom P in her liquor cabinet, so that's always a great way to remember with your family.

u/pinkmagedon · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Flower petals, fake may work better, but I think their pretty classy.

ice I know it may not last long, but you could make a bunch of these and stick them in a bowl for center peices, and possibly put some black glitter in the bottom of it. Extra points if you can somehow get some uhm...that weird ice stuff that makes things smokey. That'd be boss.

I'm trying to think of cheap Ideas, haha.

The only other idea I have, is to get skull shot glasses like this and fill them with purple dyed water/glitter ect. Very small, but still something. Could even get the petals to go around it.

orrr get something like this to go in a smaller sugar skull vase/cup.

These are neat! They look kind of purpley and small. You could get again, flower petals, or silk flowers to border them. That would be cute.

I found this on google. Could probably make it by hand but its a little out there.

Doily + candle., could even use the no flame ones I linked.

I hope your wedding is absolutely wonderful! I demand pictures, because that seriously seems like an awesome idea and I'm pretty jelly. I wanna see how it turns outttt!

u/Trexid · 4 pointsr/whisky

You've come to the right place. There are a ton of excellent community members here who are eager to help new-comers like yourself. Stay within the whisky network and you'll be a seasoned malt / mash head in no time!

  • Add a few drops of water First tip.. Only cool clean (bottled or filtered) water is allowed in your single malts and bourbons. Add a little bit at a time to get used to drinking it "neat" (without water).

  • Invest in a nosing glass A Glencairn or a Capita or a regular wine glass will due in a pinch.

  • Ask questions! Don't be afraid to ask other community members for help or tips.

  • Read a ton of reviews This will help guide you to figure out which flavor profiles you like best and help you decide on making educated purchases. Our goal is to help you avoid buying shitsky as /u/texacer likes to call it.

  • Check out the side bar and malt map here and other side bar resources. There are some excellent videos posted under helpful stuff. Plenty of documentaries about Scotch whisky. I'll need to work on a Bourbon video section at some point.

    Cheers sir or madam, and enjoy yourself!
u/criksus · 10 pointsr/Cooking
  1. An immersion blender is nice in that its detachable head is marginally easier to clean, but if your food processor is still oily, you could try using more soap when you clean it, or passing it through the dishwasher (minus the blade of course)

  2. Squeeze Bottles! The nice things about the clear ones is that you can even mark out the volumes for dressings that you like to make most often. Easy to shake up, easy to dispense (and usually better control than a jar), and mostly pain-free to clean. May want to invest in a funnel to help fill it up.

  3. Most homemade dressings should last up to two weeks in the fridge. If it clumps up, try giving it a good hard shake until it re-emulsifies and then a quick taste check?

  4. Check out this article by serious eats!
u/jesusapproves · 7 pointsr/tea

What are you looking for and what does he like? You can get a standard infuser like this one that I use.

Or you could get him a "reverse french press". The reverse french press is one of the best and easiest ways to brew. It lets the leaves float in the water, but allows easy extraction of the water into a mug (it is much harder with a regular french press because pressing down the leaves can cause them to expel a lot of bitter flavor into the water).

Generally speaking, avoid anything that will smash the leaves, or will not let them float easily. If he generally uses a big teapot, make sure to get something for that. If he typically uses just a mug, the two things I listed will work great. I even use my regular infuser in my large tea pitcher/pot.

But, if you give me a price range and a general idea of what you would like him to have, what he already has or what kind of things he likes, I can definitely help you out. I love tea myself, and would hope that my wife would ask someone knowledgeable when she goes to buy something for me.

OH! And if you're looking to get the best bang for your buck, avoid teavanna. They're not bad they're just overpriced.

u/quercus_robur · 1 pointr/Scotch

> I'll have to do some research on what to buy and invest in something better.

A Glencairn glass is most popular, but there are others. You can get one for about $10 at some stores or online:

> That seems a little pricey, and I don't know if my drinking habits will allow me to stretch a bottle across 6-8 nights.

Scotch is more expensive than bourbon. In my opinion, you won't find much below $50-60 that's well regarded. There are some cheaper options, but you'll run out of them eventually if you want to try something different each time. Additional price increases have started pushing many of the more flavorful malts you'll see recommended on here to $60-$80. That price range will provide you with many options; some of those options are higher proof, so you might be able to drink less or add water to your scotch. The base assumption is that these bottles are all 750 ml.

> So why is it looked down upon?

It's fine, but it's somewhat bland in my opinion. It's the highest volume single malt in the world, so it's mass produced at lowest cost. This is somewhat indicated by its price. To an extent (but not always), you get what you pay for (at this end of the market--not really true at $100+), which is why eventually you'll have to pay more.

> I'm starting to look towards the peaty end of the spectrum. Anything non-respectable there?

By no means are peated scotches the only respectable options. You want a list of non-respectable options? Instead, I would recommend that the Islay single malts are mostly all decent. The least expensive from the distillers are some of the new no-age Bowmores and Laphroaigs, but again you get what you pay for. ~$50 will get you entry-level Laphroaig 10yr and Ardbeg 10yr, which are both very good. Others have recommended a few of the "mystery" single malts or blends, which are a little cheaper but also younger.

All of this is just my opinion. I would also agree with most the other bottle recommendations here, but I chose my favorites to recommend. Ultimately you'll just have to try a few and see where it takes you and come back for more advice if you need it.

I would recommend that you don't necessarily have to rush through many options at once. Instead, focus on your Glenfiddich bottle and getting as much out of it as you can. Get a better glass and keep drinking Glenfiddich over a period of time, because as your palate develops you'll discover new aspects of it. You may have to buy another bottle of it if you're drinking that fast. Then eventually take the plunge and try something else. Rinse, repeat.

u/Bugabooty · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This one is super highly rated and recommended.

This is nice since it will work with any mug.

Something like this looks really nice and works well.

I had one just like this that I loved.

I had one like this that was cherished until it broke. It worked amazingly well. And there's this if you want to make more than one cup!

You really want to find something large that gives the tea leaves room to expand. The cute novelty ones are adorable, but don't steep the tea very well. You can also reuse the leaves so don't throw them away after one use!!

Also if you have one near you, David's Teas have super cute stuff. There's also a /r/tea subreddit :)

u/iammenotu · 1 pointr/Baking

Sure! There are tons of videos on YouTube if you need a visual, but basicallly use either a quart or pint of heavy cream (a quart will give you roughly a pound of butter). I have used WalMart's Great Value heavy cream, and it tastes pretty darn good, so don't feel you have to buy an expensive cream to make great homemade butter.

Next, place contents of cream into stand mixer bowl. I start on 2 for about 1 minute and then kick it up to 10 (you may need a splash guard in place to prevent splashing). Let your mixer run for about 2-3 minutes or so. It will go from liquid, to whipped cream, to curdled and separated looking. That's when it's essentially butter!

Now, turn off mixer, and strain out the "buttermilk" (the liquid that's separated from the butter solids). You'll probably need to mash on the butter in the strainer to be sure all the liquid is separated. Save that buttermilk for baking. Some tutorials I have looked at feel it's necessary to really get all that buttermilk out to prevent the butter from going rancid (I go through the butter so fast, it's never been a problem), so give further directions to place the butter back in the mixer and add some water and mix again and strain (and repeat several times), until the water is clear.

Using your hands or a wooden spoon or placing your butter in a butter bell, shape your butter how you like it and store in the fridge or however you store your regular store-bought butter.

The butter can also be placed back in your stand mixer and mixed with salt to taste, herbs, garlic, etc. There are tons of recipes, too, that can be found on how to season your butter.

I'll apologize in advance if my directions aren't that great. But, really it's a pretty simple process. If you have any questions, just let me know!

u/damasta67420 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

So I met this guy named Donovan. He was in some special branch of the military. He told one of my friends and I some of the military secrets he knew. Here they are:

You remember the Miami zombie? At first, the media was saying that he was on bath salts, but Donovan knew the truth. You see, when humans are born, they have something called the hox (hawks? I've never seen it spelled) gene. It shuts off after a few minuets after birth. This gene makes sure the baby grows correctly in the womb, but more importantly, It inhibits the deterioration of DNA. As you may know, as people get older, the ends of their DNA strands start to unravel. This is why people are less healthy when they get old. So if the hox gene remains active, it prevents aging.

The military started doing experiments on the hox gene and were able to turn it back on. Just as they had suspected, it did prevent aging. However, there was a side effect. When a person with an active hox gene enters a fight or flight response, their body undergoes a change. They grow many inches taller, and change into one of six different archetypes. Donovan never told me what they are, but he did say that one archetype has thick fur and claws and another has feathers, a beak and talons. So you can imagine that the others have something to do with animals. Anyway, this change occurs within just a few minutes. In the process, the body uses up all of its stored nutrients and fat, leaving the person starving. Because of this, the only thing the person can focus on is eating. And they will eat anything around them. So the Miami zombie was actually an escaped test subject from the secret underground military base Fort Patrick.

Another thing he told us was about the reason for the gulf war. The oil thing was actually a cover up. What the military was really after was something they found buried deep underground in Iraq using satellite imaging technology. They had to go over there to find out what it was. When they dug down to this thing, they found that it was a room miles long with hieroglyphs covering the walls. This room was holding a massive creature 14 miles long and a mile high at its highest. It was covered in bone plating with openings all along the sides. At these openings, there were large sphincters that would open up when approached. Inside, there were what appeared to be hallways and living quarters. It had many pairs of legs along its side, but also gills and fins. It also had a special set of organs which could create gravity wells used to allow the creature to fly. So they secretly transported this thing back to Fort Patrick to study it more.

They found out that this creature was called a leviathan, and that there were two others. One is very famous and is known as Atlantis. The other is at the bottom of the Mariana trench. When James Cameron went to the trench, he was actually on a top secret government mission to find this other leviathan. Anyway, when studying this creature in Fort Patrick, they found what looks like a cockpit. However, try as they might they could not open it. They tried forcing it open, but it didn’t work. They also tried shocking it with giant cattle prods, but all that did was make it angry. In retaliation, it used its special gravity well making organs to alter the climate above where it was being held. This change created a tropical storm which grew larger and became Hurricane Katrina. Just when they had run out of ideas, they found out that the leviathan would only open it for the person it chose to be its pilot. They finally found the chosen one, who just so happened to be Donovan.

Inside the cockpit, there were more hieroglyphics and a command chair thing. After deciphering the writing, they found out that it was instructions for piloting the leviathan. They also discovered that in the process of becoming the pilot, Donovan’s brain and spinal cord would be removed and assimilated into the leviathan. You may be asking how it could assimilate a human nervous system into a leviathan body. Well, the answer is that the DNA of the leviathan is identical to the DNA of humans. So Donovan decided that he wanted to keep his body and declined the position of pilot. The military did not like this and tried to force him, but he escaped. Even now, he and the leviathan communicate through dreams.

Is any of this true? The only thing I can be certain about is that I did meet Donovan and he did tell me these things. I will let you decide about the rest.

This is the thing I want! I hope you liked my tale.

u/rubermnkey · 1 pointr/ejuice

if you grab a scale the lb-501 is probably the most popular, but people pick up the little dealer scales too. you just want to make sure it has .01 g accuracy and the ability to stay on without an auto-shutoff. people like to throw their VG and PG in condiment bottles you can get at the dollar store. transfer the nic into a brown glass bottle with an eyedropper, just use an old ejuice bottle you probably have laying around and leave it in the fridge, makes things a little easier. elr has tons of recipes and a good calculator plus lets you keep notes. defintely check out the other sub, people can even help you refine a recipe or help figure out clone recipes. here's a clip demoing by volume vs by weight, good luck man

u/Deranged40 · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Mash tun cooler (this is probably cheaper at your local hardware store or wal mart) Also, this isn't the only cooler that works. Pretty much any plastic cooler works. But you'll need a different false bottom if you use a chest cooler, which may allow you to mash bigger batches.

Weldless Ball Valve Just take the plastic valve off the cooler and screw this one on. Will work on most any cooler you choose.

False bottom Put this at the bottom, connecting the silicon hose to the ball valve and the top of the false bottom.

3/8" barb You'll need to screw this onto the ball valve on the inside of the mash tun to connect the silicon hose to.

Honestly, if you've already got a kettle that can boil 6 gallons, you're good to go there, and just add this to the mix. Otherwise, pick up a Stainless Steel Brew Kettle.

This whole setup comes in just under $200 but you'll need some hoses and some hose clamps as well. But I'm sure that if you shop around (even on amazon) you might find better deals than I linked. But that's the gist of it. And there's no need to stick with the specific brands I linked. But just make sure to stick with stainless steel for the kettle, ball valve, and connecting accessories and food-grade plastic for the cooler. And any hoses need to be high temp hoses. Silicon is ideal.

This is by no means the "only" way to do it, but a great start down the road. You may also choose to use a pump. It has advantages and disadvantages. You can make great beer with and without one.

u/cryospam · 1 pointr/mead

OK well I'll give you my recipe, here's what you'll need:

1 large stock pot 30-32 quarts is what you're shooting for. I got mine at Walmart for much less than this.

Yeast nutrient I prefer fermaid K but you can use Fermax, avoid DAP for a while it's kinda rough to dial in for a novice and can cause funky stuff to happen.

Campden Tablets

Wine Tannin

Some form of CO2, you can use Wine Preservation spray or if you paintball like me, fill your tanks up at the local place, and just use a regulator to dispense it.

WLP-099 for yeast. You can also use Wyeast 4347 if you want it to finish a bit sweeter.

You need a bathtub full of apples (not kidding) this is about ~100-150 pounds. I live in New England and buy cider apples for cheap money when they're in season from an orchard.

18-21 pounds of honey depending on which yeast you're using and if you want it to finish sweet or dry, I like to use orange blossom honey for this recipe, but anything light such as clover or some wildflower honeys will work. If you go with the Wyeast stuff stick with 18 pounds, if you're using the White Labs stuff and you still want some residual sweetness, go for 21 pounds.

A juicer to crush your apples. You could do this manually, but you will hate your life.

A Carboy stirrer or a Wine Whip You could use a super long stainless steel spoon, but in all honesty these do a much better job.

A big ass primary bucket this is what I use now, but if you've got a pair of 6.5 gallon buckets you're good too. I drilled a hole in the top for my "dry airlock" These open at 0.25 PSI, and they're both indestructible and cheap, plus you'll never have to worry about forgetting to fill your airlocks.

2 6.5 gallon glass carboys (these will be MUCH cheaper locally due to shipping costs)

1 All in One Wine Pump with a 10" house filter setup You can get the 1 and 5 micron filters cheaper on Amazon then the site they link there, and for the 0.5 micron finishing filter you get that HERE

Start with a bathtub full of apples with the stopper in, after the tub is full, fill around the apples with hot water. let that soak overnight to loosen up the dirt and hydrate the apples as well as you can. All hot water, no cold for this. Stir up the apples gently.
Wash the apples in bunches the next day, I have my kids help me with this, any ones with bad spots they put aside so I can either reject them outright or just cut the bad spots off. Cut the apples into quarters, only remove the stem and any leaves don't worry about the core or seeds or anything else. Any bad spots or worm eaten apples throw into the garbage.

Run all of the cleaned apples through a juicer. Put the pulp into your big primary bucket & put the juice into your big ass pot.

Heat the juice to 200 degrees, add 3 to 3.5 pounds of honey per gallon of juice (depends on what yeast you're using) and stir until well mixed (and still at 200 degrees.) This is to pasteurize the apple juice and kill any wild yeast or other microbes. Don't boil it, 200 degrees is fine. You should have about 7-7.5 gallons of juice from a full bathtub of apples plus a crapload of solids.

Add 1 teaspoon of Fermaid K nutrient, 1/2 teaspoon wine tannin, and 2 crushed campden tablets, stir that bitch up good.

Pour that on to the apple solids in each bucket. Mix it quickly, and make sure it's still at least 185 degrees F. This will pasteurize your apple solids. If it is under 185 degrees, then either pour in some boiling water and get it back to temperature OR siphon some juice out, reheat that stuff and pour it back. This is the ONLY time you can add ANY water, and if you're quick with the apple juice you won't need boiling water and it will turn out MUCH better.

Wait 24 hours.

Pitch your yeast. For this brew I make a big ass starter of the WLP-099 or the Wyeast 4347. With 3.5 pounds of honey per gallon plus the 100% apple juice liquids, I end up with around 35-37 Brix, giving me a high potential alcohol. The WLP-099 typically eats it nicely if step fed and aerated daily for the first week to give around 22-23% ABV while still finishing sweet with 3 pounds per gallon of honey and the Wyeast 4347 it will finish slightly sweet at around 20-21% ABV.

Let it sit on the apple mash for 30 days, for the first week use the Carboy stirrer to mix it up good, every 3 days add 1/3 teaspoon yeast nutrient for the first 9 days (so initial addition during creation of the must, and an additional 1/3 teaspoon on days 3, 6 and 9 so 2 teaspoons total fermaid K.)

Let the mash sit unmolested from day 12 to day 30.

Siphon that off into glass carboys for secondary.

For this step I normally pull the mead through a 5 micron and then a 1 micron filter (both in a single pass with my filtration setup) this doesn't remove the yeast, but it makes sure no apple particulate is transferred into your secondary. It will still be very cloudy though, to the point where it is opaque, that's fine.

Hit the carboys with some CO2, either from wine preservation spray or the paintball canister setup like I said.

This is where I add spices and any other flavor. I have made a number of differently spiced Cysers, but my typical secondary includes 1/16 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground cinnamon.
After 30 more days I rack it off that, passing it once again through the 5 and 1 micron filters.

Then I hit it with CO2 to prevent oxidation and bulk age it. It doesn't move for at least 6 months, 12 if I can leave the carboys full for that long. After 2-3 months aging you can swap to a solid bung as you don't need the airlock anymore.

The mead will clear during aging. When it's transparent, it is ready to bottle. I do one more pass from my carboy through a 0.5 micron filter into another carboy, then siphon into my bottling bucket. I don't like bottling with my vacuum pump I suck at it and just make a big ass mess.

Yea it's a lot of work, but it's some of the best Cyser you'll ever have, and it's got one helluva kick so take care when you drink it.

u/microwavedCheetos · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

My friend has the Aladdin Tea Infuser Mug. She got it recently (about a month or two ago) but uses it every day and loves it. It is especially great on the go since you make the tea in the same mug you drink it from. Its Microwaveable, dishwasher safe, made of BPA-free plastic and has pretty good reviews.

u/LilWhipperSnapper · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

It depends what you are interested in. Loose leaf is definitely the way to go, all you need is a teapot like this and something to heat the water in. For the teas themselves, r/tea has a list of vendors that covers many different areas. r/tea can be a great resource in general, there are tons of super knowledgeable people for each kind of tea and there are multiple people in the industry there. What-Cha is very well liked and has a variety of teas from all over, they are definitely a good place to order from for the first time. They have an intro to tea collection, though I feel that a white tea like this one should be included in it.

u/Su_toL · 2 pointsr/tea

Not quite sure if this is what you meant, but I have this teapot (around the size you mentioned, 450ml is ~15.5oz) which has a removable mesh strainer and it's pretty sweet:

Pretty sure that pot has been recommended here before. Not sure as far as a plain old infuser, but anything you can get that gives more room for the tea leaves to expand would be best!

u/pacoverde · 7 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

I agree with you but I think that the sidebar of DIY_eJuice is a little overdone. Sometimes the attitudes over there remind me of a bunch of guys sitting around an IT shop chastising the users for not reading the internal company documentation and then begrudgingly providing support to the retard who can't use a computer. I read the side bar when I started mixing multiple times and did tons of research through other resources and what really would have helped me get to where I am now 9 months later when I started would have been things like this:

  • mix using the scale method

  • has tons of flavors and repackages them into little dripper containers (so you don't have to buy pipettes). I have a ton of flavors from my first Wizard labs order that I never use because I hate having to use pipettes for them.

  • there is your calculator, a place to store your recipes, and a great source for recipes (tons of crossover by username to reddit)

  • get your nicotine base from - it is the smoothest I've found. They sell 120 ml "samples" of 100 mg for about $30 shipped and I have settled on using only VG as a nicotine base

  • Use gloves when handling nicotine and store it in the fridge or freezer. I break mine up so that I have access to a 30 ml bottle in the fridge but keep the rest frozen. For and even better preservation technique use this -*Version*=1&*entries*=0

  • Buy Essential Depot brand VG from Amazon - it's what a huge percentage of DIY mixers use

  • See all the recipes with flavors that contain the warning about diketones in the link sorted by top ranked above? That's part of what makes them good

    I realize that the technology surrounding mixing and vaping in general is changing very quickly. I also think that part of the reason new mixers come to DIY_eJuice and ask stupid questions is that they are overwhelmed with old or outdated info. Anyway, like I said I totally agree with you and maybe this short list will help someone else. I probably threw out 1-2 Liters of mixed juice learning these on my own.

u/ilynh · 3 pointsr/tea
  1. Get/make a tea cozy. It's basically a teapot blanket, but it keeps the pot warm for your second or third cup.

  2. Cast iron/clay are best if you're going to drink the same type of tea (Green/Black) over and over again, as they're seasoned like a skillet. If you change your tea up, get a get a glass pot or a porcelain pot. If i were buying a glass teapot today I'd get this Hario

  3. The real key is to warm your teacup while you steep the tea . Most tea only require 3-5 minutes so the pot shouldn't have time to cool too much, especially if the lid is on.

  4. I'm a little more fond of the tea basket in a cup and making new hot water for every cup, but I have easy access to hot water, I'm not sure how your dorm situation is.
u/goldfish18 · 3 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

I am not a new mixer, but this is something that new mixers might have a question about in the future.

I ordered nicotine from a place I have not ordered from before to see how other nicotine stacks up to my current nicotine (Nude Nicotine Nude Armor v2). I ordered this from Heartland Vapes thinking it was a great deal and Chemnovatic is the same nicotine that other trusted vendors have supplied in the past.

The newbie part of this is that today happens to be one of the hottest days this week where I live (Southern California). It also just so happens that today is the day my nicotine will be delivered so it will be in the hot sun all freaking day until I get home from work at about 6pm. We all know that nicotine has three kryptonites which are heat, light, and oxygen.

Here's what I am going to do in order to try to make sure my nicotine has't gone bad. Immediately when I get home I'm going to open the container of nicotine and give it a smell as well as take a look at it. It should be relatively clear. It should not be any color. When smelling your nicotine don't want to stick your nose all up in the nicotine, but open it enough so that you can get a whiff as safe as possible. When I do that, I do not want to smell anything. If it smells off or fishy or if it smells like anything really, that's a bad sign. Next, I am going to draw up about 5-10mL of the nicotine and place it in an amber bottle to mix with later. Before putting the nicotine away for storage, I am going to decant the 120mL bottle into two amber glass 60mL bottles for storage in my freezer. Before capping and placing in the freezer, I'm going to spray some argon in the two bottles to displace any oxygen. I use this argon spray. I've heard storing nicotine in the freezer is not required, however I do not have AC and I have the ability and space for nicotine to be stored in my freezer.

Next step is to take the 5-10mL we got and use that in a shake and vape recipe that you have used before and enjoy. This is to ensure that the nicotine is good and if all goes well, there should be no taste difference from this recipe you just mixed up compared to when you've made this recipe before with your other nicotine source. When I am vaping that shake and vape recipe with the new nicotine, I'm looking for anything off about it. Look for an off taste, smell, and harshness. If all goes well, I will consider my nicotine fine. If there is something off about it, I will contact the vendor and try to sort it out with them rather than put them on blast in a post.

These are all steps you should take when you get nicotine in the mail even if it hasn't been hot as fuck.

TL;DR When you get nicotine in the mail, make sure it hasn't gone bad by smelling, looking for any off color, and mixing some of it into a shake and vape to ensure that it is ok. If you feel it has gone bad, contact the vendor to see what they can do about it rather than posting in this sub with your complaints. Always do everything you can to store your nicotine properly by avoiding heat, light, and oxygen.

If anyone else has anything to add to this, please feel free to do so.

u/GraceGallis · 5 pointsr/boardgames

For Eldritch Horror, it's been a great pleasure to swap the sanity/stamina counters for red and blue d8s. It was also great to upgrade the d6s to 16mm dice - they roll better and feel heftier than the 12mms the game came with.

I also like these pinch bowls for miscellaneous components:

Also: foam core inserts are great for making the experience better organized and help make the set up faster!

u/purrImacatpurpur · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is not war...this is pest control!


My favorite Doctor's screwdriver. I don't know his favorite, but... yeah


I want the TARDIS bookmark that talks about books being bigger on the inside... If I were to win haha

Thanks for the contest! I love Doctor Who :)

u/bivaterl · 1 pointr/boardgames

I love the silicone ones. I have a set:


I also have a set of glass dishes like these:


And some crockery ones like these that are really nice and opaque (when that is important):


You can also do those in plastic:


I'd recommend the silicone ones, but only if you can get big enough ones. Otherwise it can get frustrating not having enough. I think for the bang for the buck, the glass ones above are the best balance of cost, size, ease of use (and non-game utility), cleanup (if needed), and stackability. :) If silicone were cheaper and larger, they'd be my fave.


u/arabidsquirrel · 2 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

Hi! Here is the shopping list I have compiled after days of reading here on this sub. If you wouldn't mind looking it over and telling me if I have forgotten anything or if I'm being dumb about anything, that would be awesome!

Vegetable Glycerin: Bulk Apothecary 10lbs - $25 shipped.

Nicotine: Carolina Extract 100mg/ml 120mL - $30 shipped. I already bought this, it delivers tomorrow. I used the Dada1 code at checkout for an extra $1.26 off!

Scale: American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale from Amazon - $30 shipped, already bought.

From Wizard Labs
Nicotine test kit
Safety glasses
Menthol crystals 15g
10 pairs of nitrile gloves
(4) 30mL amber bottles with polycone lids for nic storage
set of glass droppers for same
(15) 10mL ldpe bottles for juice since unfortunately they don't have 10mL glass. I have a whole bunch of empties I can use, too.
Cart is about $38 shipped with the above

Pipettes [500 from Amazon - $11.24] (

Argon Spray from Amazon - $10

Flavors from Bull City Vapors about $35 for the below

TFA Wild Blueberry
TFA French Vanilla
TFA Sweet Raspberry
TFA Ripe Strawberry
TFA Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
TFA Vanilla Swirl
TFA Pear
FA Coconut
INW Raspberry Concentrate
FW Cherry Crush
TFA Cherry Blossom
TFA Dragonfruit
FA Lemon Sicily
LA Watermelon
FA Fuji
FA Forest Fruit
TFA Bavarian Cream
TFA Pineapple
INW Grape
a funnel

Other things I am forgetting: ___. I do have on my list to get some plastic applicator bottles from a beauty supply place or condiment containers to hold my VG in.

A note about me: I started vaping 5 months ago, I use an MVP 20W with an Aspire ETS tank, I vape at 5.3 volts and that is perfect for me. All of the vaping terminology about mods and attys (whatever they are) is completely foreign to me, but I am willing to learn. I like fruity flavors as you can tell by my list. I don't even like chocolate irl. Yes, I realize that potentially makes me a psychopath. I have tried a few dessert juices but did not like them at all. They were just weak tasting. My favorite juices have been Unicorn Poop by TVC, and Dragonfruit and Cereal Crunch by Cloudberry Vapors. To start out I got mostly fruity juices so I can basically get the feel for what on earth I'm doing and for how the flavors all work together.

So that's it, I will embark upon placing tons of orders tomorrow after work if I've got everything correct. Thank you SO MUCH to this subreddit, it's really an amazing resource!

u/angryowl14 · 2 pointsr/Scotch

start scroll

Episode 1: A Noob Hopes

In a galaxy far, far away

A long time lurker decides to sack up

and provide some horrible reviews

for some good scotch.

On to the review....

end scroll


What's being reviewed: Compass Box Peat Monster

In what: Glencairn on steroids. This one actually.Let's forego the rest of the details since you all know it by now.

Pre-drink thoughts: I like Compass Box (tried the Muse at a bar, loved it, bought a bottle 2 weeks later. That's a review for another day). But I'm not sure if I like peat. But the wife does and this is a hobby I'd like to share with her, especially since I plan on spending our money on it - so why not try something she might enjoy as well.

Nose: Smoke. Nasal burn. Light band-aid-y scents.Taste: Faint smoke, kind of like how I would imagine what my shirt would taste like the morning after a bonfire. There's a sweetness to this as well. A hint of something salty I think.

Finish: Might be me, but the finish seems long. It's smokey, It stays with me after the exhale, it a memory. (Also that medicinal note is there too)

Rating: * * * *Would I buy again: Yes absolutely

Final Note: This review is being written without notes to reference, as I want to only convey the parts that really stick with me. Plus, I can't discern things like "malty peat", "hammy fruit jam", "wafting fields of baby octopus tentacles", hence the very short descriptors.

================Rating System (stars)

  • 1 = nope. never again
  • 2 = will drink if offered for free
  • 3 = would not buy a bottle, but would buy at a bar
  • 4 = must have on hand at home at all times
  • 5 = cream of my crop. willing to pay premium for a bottle.
u/maggieonreddit · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This mug is like six dollars and it would be great for my morning coffee.

Love that you're going for training and good luck to you. I hope you get lots of letters and support while you're there.

u/HamsterButter · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


This For clarification on relation of #2

4. I think it counts :D




9. I'd consider it a tool, buut some may not.

10. This was the best as a kid. Still is xD

12. I game a lot

13. Best i could come up with

14. Some may call it unnatural...



17. Gotta have em all :P

18. Jelly beans! :D

This will clarify #19

20. This most definitely :P


Happy happy cake day! Make it rock.. you only get one a year... :P

By the way, of few of those say they were added August 3rd, but it was honestly at like 2 in the morning before I went to bed, so I thought they were added yesterday.

u/jk_tx · 10 pointsr/bourbon

Ideally you want a tulip-shaped glass when drinking neat, it will give you a better nosing experience by directing/concentrating the fumes. Same reason you use a large bowl-shaped or tulip-shaped glasses for red wine.

That said, I think a glencairn is less than optimal for anything more than a small taste of lower- to moderate-proof whiskey. It has the tapered shape to concentrate the nose, but it's actually a little too concentrated for stuff like barrel proof unless you just really enjoy smelling ethanol fumes.

The biggest issue with the glencairn though, is it's just too small. The nose develops due to air exposure, and the larger the surface area of your whiskey in the glass, the more quickly (and more fully) the nose will develop. When you pour 1.5-2 oz into a glencairn the surface area is actually quite small relative to the volume of liquid.

IMHO you'll get a better nosing experience for high-proof stuff by using a small rocks glass, or some sort of tulip-shaped glass with a larger bowl than a glencairn. My personal favorite is the Taylor'd Milestone.

u/gimpwiz · 3 pointsr/tequila

I bought this: set of six. I kept four and gave two to a good friend.

Alternatively, if you want just the one, this single is a good price.

Finally, this site sells glencairns with various things on the glass, and they do sell (but are currently out of stock) a glencairn with a reddit alien (snoo) logo on it. It's not to my taste but a lot of people like it. They're a bit more expensive, but they are high quality, not some cheap acid etching. And they have fancy gift box type dealies if you want fancy; a standard box of six just looks like this.

For Reidels, I would ask /u/ipixelpixels for a better opinion than mine!

u/DoubtingLight · 2 pointsr/tea

Hi, welcome!

There's a lot of different approaches to brewing tea, just one of which is the familiar teapot method. A really popular glass one is One really good reason for white/glass teaware is that they allow you to easily evaluate the color of your tea, which is helpful in appreciating it better and learning how to brew your tea.

When you say Japanese style, do you mean the Kyusu teapot, or do you mean teaware with Japanese designs on them?

u/starbucksgirl26 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Shark attack!, one fun mug: Time & Space, Click!, and Awesome. My favorite drink is hot green tea...I love it so much-made at home, made at a tea shop, it's amazing! Tea is always a good idea!

Green tea I love

u/krskilltherhythm · 4 pointsr/pocketoperators

Yess the good stuff!! This is the one in the video, but I'd actually recommend the IngenuiTea or IngenuiTea2 - they're a bit easier to clean IMO! Happy tea-making! 🍵🙏

u/KinkyMcDreamy · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This card game

This shot glass

My hubby and I are so competitive when it come to games. To the point that one of us is always laughing at the others little tantrum. All in good fun of course. And to have a little alcohol in an amazingly awesome shot glass to go with a round of Cards Against Humanity may give me a fighting chance seeing as I can't drink right now it would give me the upper hand :)

Schmad on my add. Thanks for the contest.

u/homebrewfinds · 7 pointsr/Homebrewing

This is the cooler I use for a mash tun. It works great. It's selling for a record low Amazon price and ships for free. I link to some pictures of it in that post. The seat top makes it easy to run a thermometer under the lid to monitor mash temps. The product link in that post helps support hbf. Thanks in advance if you use it. If you do not want to help support hbf here is a direct link.

u/TheLadyEve · 9 pointsr/SubredditDrama

I usually keep only unsalted in the house for cooking because I don't eat buttered bread/toast/biscuits very often, but one the occasions that I do buy salted butter (holidays, dinner parties, guests in the home) I really enjoy my buttered toast. And baked potatoes--my goodness those are tasty.

BTW, if you're a butter fan, I highly recommend investing in one of these

u/jclim00 · 1 pointr/tea

Grandpa style is great and all but some people aren't used to having the leaves in their cup. A simple infuser and a mug is all you need for a western-style tea brew. The reason people are telling you not to use a coffee brewer with tea is that unless you scrub it clean pretty often, you might get some lingering coffee taste in your tea. It looks like a similar device to gravity steepers as well though, you could just get a separate one like the Ingenuitea.

u/pollyannapusher · 5 pointsr/stopdrinking

I am an unashamed Sleepytime tea's a must every night before bed. Yes, it's a mix, but chamomile is the main note. I got one of these and one of these for his recent Happ-Tea Birthday with a bunch of quality loose leaf black teas. He decided he just likes his Red Rose English Breakfast tea bags, so I get to play around with the tea steeper. I quit caffeine, so I haven't tried those, but I've tried Tranquil Dreams so far which I really liked. I think I might get a just straight up chamomile and lavender blend next go around.

Long live tea!! :-D

u/ListenToTheMusic · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Omg I love mugs!!! This one is pretty awesome. XD

Oh bugger!

u/Anagoth9 · 1 pointr/tea

If you want something simple to make tea for one, I would suggest something like this. I don't like the in-mug infusers. I usually end up having to look around for something awkward to get it out of the cup like a fork or chopsticks otherwise I end up burning my fingers. Tea pots are nice but I find them to be more ceremonial than I feel like dealing with when I just want something quick.

As far as temp goes, usually for green tea you're good to go once small bubbles start forming in the pot/kettle. You don't need to worry about having a thermometer nearby or anything like that.

And the corn pops green tea you're describing sounds like Genmaicha.

u/turtles_are_weird · 11 pointsr/tea

Hi! If you want to get into tea, I would reccomend starting by watching Alton Brow's episode on tea here. It's a good background on everything involving tea and tea brewing.

If you have a Peet's Coffee near you, you can go and order mugs of tea (brewed with loose leaf). They will give you free hot water refills so you can drink as much as you can handle. You can find a tea you like without having to commit to a huge container.

I prepare my tea in the morning in a tea pot (I have this one, but I don't like it because it's hard to clean) and pour it into a travel mug.

They make travel mugs that are similar to a frech press (here) where you put the leaves and hot water in and just push down a stopper to stop brewing. I'm really picky about the lids on my travel mugs, so I don't own one.

For resusable tea bags, the most popular style is a [tea ball] ( (although the one I linked is a little too small to allow the tea to fully unfold). They are cheap and fairly easy to clean, but you have to be careful where you store them so they don't get bent up.

They also make tea bags for loose leaf tea. These would be easy to pop into your travel mug. You can also find bags made of muslin that can be washed out, but I don't know where you would do that.

u/torankusu · 2 pointsr/Bento

For my first bento, I made a sandwich, haha. I also filled in the gaps with baby carrots, saltine crackers, and a little bit of cream cheese to eat with the crackers.

I don't know if it's a concern to you, but rather than using disposable cupcake liners, you could go green (and save money) with silicone containers. :) I used these for my cream cheese and other little side dishes, but I also use silicone cupcake liners, which come in different shapes and colors (you could get the round ones, but there are ones of other shapes, like squares and hearts).

Your little fruit cup looks appetizing. :)

u/abir_valg2718 · 2 pointsr/tea

Hario 700ml teapot is excellent and pretty cheap as well. The basket is huge, which is a significant advantage, imo. The lack of spout makes it more compact and it's top is very wide, so it's super easy to clean when it stains.

u/tizod · 1 pointr/DIY_eJuice

I try and keep it simple. I have a shed in my backyard which is finished and serves as my home office/man cave.

I keep everything there except my Nic which is stored in my freezer.

I take the Nic out and dilute it down to 60mg from 100 and keep that in a plastic 30ml bottle. I secure that because I have kids.

For my VG and PG I bought some cheap condiment bottles off of Amazon (link below) which makes it easier to work with.

Then I have my flavors and my scale.

I'm kind of a one flavor guy. I have one recipe that I really love so I really just stick to that. I've done it so many times I practically have it memorized. That's just me though.

So when it's time to mix up a new batch I bust out my 30ml Nic bottle, PG/VG, flavors and scale and mix it into a 100ml drip free reagent glass bottle I got from Nicotine River. Takes me like 5 minutes to whip up a batch, shake it up and let it rest.

I have two reagents that I cycle between so I have something to vape while the other steeps.

I transfer juice to a 30ml unicorn bottle for carrying it around and refilling my mod.

Easy peazy.

Plastic Squeeze Condiment Bottles with Red Tip Cap 16-ounce Set of 6

u/py_Ninja · 1 pointr/whiskey

The one that I've gone to, twice and a third time next year :), was very much worth it; there were scotches, bourbons, ryes, vodkas, gins, rums, etc everywhere. There was also free apps, loved me the smoked salmon, for days. AND I got to keep the snifter, or Glencairn, that I used throughout the night.

My ticket was $75, for all you can drink, from $1000 bottles, and all you can eat. That really just replaces a couple of weeks worth of going out; it's more than worth it.

Hope yours is similar, both in experience and in price :)

u/SteepingTakesTime · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

Step 1: Find a recipe you love

Step 2: Make 500mL of it in a 16oz squeeze bottle like this

Step 3: Shake it for like 5 minutes

Step 4: Forget about it for at least 2 weeks, ideally a month.

Step 5: Enjoy the fuck out of it.

Step 6: Make another one when it's half empty.

Once you adopt this procedure you'll never go back. Having fully steeped juice ready to go at all times is the best. I just fill up 60mLs to carry around. I usually have 2-5 of my go-to flavors ready at any time. Fresh juice sucks.

u/magicgal86 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

“Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.”
― Mark Twain

here is an item but to be honest I don't mind if you pick anything from my wish list :-D

Thanks for the contest

u/yourfriendstag · 1 pointr/tea

A bottom-dispensing teapot like this one is a super easy way to do gongfu. You can look it up on youtube or something to see exactly how it works.

It doesn't have the same romance as traditional teaware, and you can't build up a patina like with yixing clay or other unglazed ceramics, but it is super convenient. Sticking a coffee filter in the bottom makes cleanup even easier.

u/Jadis4742 · 5 pointsr/tea

Do you have a teapot already?

Nut and Spice sampler

Orchard Black Teas sampler

I'm sure everyone thinks I'm a shill for Adagio at this point, but I swear I'm not! I'm just very happy with their teas.

EDIT: oh, you like herbals!

Tazo Passion (teabags, but sooo good)

Blood Orange

Herbal Tea sampler

u/RedMage928 · 1 pointr/tea

What do you think about ingeuinitea?

Am I getting sucked into some gimmick or is it actually convenient?

I would go for the white tea but it's kind of expensive for a beginner, so Alishan Milk Oolong it is.

The reason I'm getting into tea is because it seems like it's a healthy alternative to straight water, but the taste puts me off atm so a fruity, creamy flavor would be nice

This Alishan Milk Oolong brand seem good to you?

Random question: Do you believe drinking tea before sleeping is bad? I've heard it has caffeine but idk if it's tea-specific or what else, the green tea I have doesn't seem to bother me

Lastly, any specific method of measuring water temperature you recommend? Should I just buy a thermostat and wait for boiling water to cool?

u/Dejohns2 · 4 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

So, here are some really practical things I like to do as gifts, because they're things people don't really think about, but when you don't have them... so annoying!

  • Flexible Jar Openers No need for a man with one of these. Seriously, it can't get you off, but it can open any f'ing jar you will ever need to open.
  • Fly Swatter
  • Cast Iron Skillet Great for stove top or in the oven
  • A few plastic condiment bottles. I like to buy the large jugs of oil (olive and sunflower) and pour them into these bottles to use. Way easier and it's cheap. Also good for storing dish soap if you buy the large, bulk size, or hand soap.
  • Various cleaning supplies and soaps (sponges, scrubbers, gallon size bucket (to store cleaners and to use when cleaning), dust pan, broom, toothbrush)
  • some other things you always forget about when moving (can opener, zip lock bags, aluminum foil, sharpie marker, surge protector, scissors, rubber bands)

    Add a bottle of wine, cuz the rest of this shit is boring af.
u/lavacahacemu · 3 pointsr/Cooking

Like I said in another comment, I've made butter with a ~cup of buttermilk mixed with a ~quart of cream, left overnight... fantastic results! Here's the original recipe I followed and it uses your same method with the stand mixer. (I've made my mixer earn her keep by kneading pasta and bread doughs from time to time)

An as to what makes it great? not just the cows, but what the cows are fed, grass is an important element for good tasting milk and butter (gives them that yellow hue).

And btw, if you salt at the beginning, you can knead the butter in water to rinse the salt away. Salt will help keep the butter it's freshest. Also, if you want to do like the french, get yourself a butter dish that immerses the butter in water, avoiding contact with air.

u/Frigorific · 1 pointr/tea

Brewing really isn't complicated at all if you invest in the right equipment. You can get a functional variable temperature kettle for ~$40 on amazon and an easy to use tea pot for ~20.

Honestly I would recommend decent equipment first over a wide variety of teas to begin with.

I would also point you to upton tea which has really cheap samples and offers pretty much the best price for any tea I have found on multiple vendors.

u/knoxawe · 2 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

You should try one of the many mug strainers. They sell them all over the place. You said you were in Canada so you could try DavidsTea, Teavana/Starbucks, or even Chapters has some. They allow for more room than a tea ball (which I also hate) but allow for less than a pot.

You could also try just getting a smaller pot. I use this teapot as one of my smaller ones. The Hario pots are pretty amazing plus it's nice to see your tea brew in the glass. Some people don't like glass teapots though.

u/LittleRoundFox · 6 pointsr/tea

Definitely go loose leaf.

For the tea brewing
This teapot is nice. I also like this style of in-cup infuser - both give the tea a reasonable amount of room to expand.

I would recommend starting with samples - What-Cha do two sample sets - one for a range of blacks, greens and oolongs; and the other just for Taiwan oolongs. They are in the UK and ship quickly. Linky if you're interested

I would probably recommend starting with oolong - iirc roasted have a lower caffeine content, but you'd need to check. Based on what you've said I think there are quite a few oolongs you will enjoy.

Adagio do some flavoured teas which might be worth looking into, too.

My understanding re caffeine in tea is that per-cup it has less than coffee, and one of the other compounds in it (l-theanine?) makes it less buzzy. I've also read - but am not sure how true it is - that if you re-brew with the same leaves each subsequent brew has a bit less caffeine than the previous one.

Beyond that I can't comment on the caffeine content, as caffeine doesn't much affect me (something which I'm incredibly pleased about, as I do have periods of suffering from anxiety and tea helps calm me).

u/nerdybirdie · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

YAY good mood!!! Can you feel the love? I feel the love! Sushi makes me happy, but I'm the only one in the house with real chopsticks D=

This makes me unreasonably happy.

u/BthreePO · 7 pointsr/GifRecipes

In case anyone is wondering, this is the best way to steep tea. Many good quality oolong, gunpowder and any other large loose leaf teas need room to bloom and tea balls and bags just can't accommodate that. It's also very easy to clean, especially if you have a sink strainer.

Source: voted best way to steep by America's Test Kitchen, also my ex manages a tea store.

u/pockified · 2 pointsr/asianeats

Those look great!

I am a tea fiend, so I can help you out most there. :) I personally own the first cup and am personally not happy with it, despite its good looks. (FYI, tea leaves easily get stuck in the drain slits, not to mention it's incredibly fragile.)

I would instead suggest this teapot instead, which is still glass and the filter is good quality. Pro-tip: For tea that expands into much larger leaves (blossoming or oolong teas), no need for the filter so you can see the beauty of the tea expanding. :) Another suggestion would be the Teavana Perfectea Maker for a gravity brewer that lets you see the tea leaves brewing.

u/bentreflection · 1 pointr/santashelpers

I too am a scotch drinker. Here are some of my favorite books on the subject:
Guide to Urban Moonshining

How to make whiskey

The Complete guide to single malt scotch

Some of them are about making whiskey but they go into details on the history and background of different whiskeys which i found very interesting. My favorite of the 3 is the urban moonshining one.

I haven't used one before but you could also get him a nice water dropper for whiskey and/or a glencairn glass.

u/PhukMe · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It would cool to get a crazy looking glass, but if you want to appreciate the whiskey like an aficionado, go with a set of Glencairn tulip shaped whiskey glasses, found here:
They are the perfect shape to capture the aromas of the whiskey, examine the "legs", and allow the whiskey to hit your tongue correctly.

u/Tell_All · 2 pointsr/tea

>This might work for you:

>The mug is microwave safe, so all you need is it, a way to measure the tea, and the tea itself. It's worked very well for me so far.

u/BouncingYeti made a good suggestion! It's something I'm looking into. Hope this is what you're looking for as well :)

u/2Skies · 2 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

I picked up one of these "Japanese Washing Bottom Drainers" rice strainers on the cheap and it is DEFINITELY worth the coin to strain rice and quinoa. It's not metal so you won't run the risk of chipping away at the hulls of the grain if you get playful with the washing.

No affiliate link above, just good vibes for good grains :)

u/fromplsnerf · 9 pointsr/tea

Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot, 700ml - $15

Teaology Luna Double Wall Borosilicate Tea Cup - $3.95

I'm very much still learning, but I love this cheap little setup and it's been working especially well with my Oolongs and Greens. I picked up a sample of Pu erh Pearls from Adagio (pictured), and it works just fine for that as well if you're okay with western brewing techniques.

u/KTRyan30 · 1 pointr/Scotch

I agree, a lot of the time I want something heavier in the hand for relaxing with a dram. These are my go to now :

Taylor'd Milestones Reserve Whiskey Glass - Set of 2 10.5 oz Scotch Glasses. Premium Bourbon Rocks Glass Shaped for Improving Tasting and Aroma of Spirits. Crystal Clear Glassware

u/hshawn419 · 5 pointsr/Cooking

Rinse the rice first, that will help with the brown. You can buy a strainer bowl that helps with this, I'll find a link.

Try using 2/3 rice to 1 water. (More water) that should help with coming out dry.

Best of luck.

edit link:

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) Something that is grey. This might be a stretch, the cover art is grey!

2.) Something reminiscent of rain. This version of the Bell Jar has rain on the cover.

3.) Something food related that is unusual. If coffee counts as food, then this TARDIS coffee mug is unusual!

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!) This Kindle is for my grandmother, I am actually saving for it now! I have my own.

5.) A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it! EVERYONE EVER SHOULD READ THE WICKED SERIES. Seriously, Gregory Maguire is probably the most talented author I've ever read, and I've read a lot!

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related! EDITED: Not on my WL This dirty and weird sounding Kindle book is free!

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...) I want to get this book for my thesis mentor, she loves cats!

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it. I would be the belle of the ball in these. So pretty.

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why? EDITED: Not on my WL but this is a freaking powerful movie that every "rebellious" teenager should watch. Life changing.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain. I would stab them repeatedly. And also draw art for them so they regain humanity, thusly ending the zombie apocalypse.

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. This book was actually written by my thesis mentor, the one I want to get the cat book for haha, and it would help me finish my thesis which would make me a real grown up!

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items. Don't gots none. EDITED: Not on my WL but extra pesky add on item because they get EVERYWHERE even once you've managed to get them home!

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why? Already used the paperwhite for my grandma.

14.) Something bigger than a bread box. EDITED: Not on my WL but this is big!

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball. Pretty earrings.

16.) Something that smells wonderful. Plants usually smell nice.


18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school. Another book for my thesis reading list.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be. I am simultaneously obsessed with my iphone and Harry Potter.

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand. Freaking color changing coffee cups that are Marauder's Map themed! They change patterns with temperatures! IT'S LIKE REAL MAGIC MEISHKA!


Something made in Oregon... ME!!!! See my dad's shirt?!?! PROOF!

^^^okay ^^^that's ^^^kind ^^^of ^^^gross ^^^to ^^^think ^^^about.

Fear cuts deeper than swords.

u/Ask_Seek_Knock · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

/u/glanmiregirl because it seems like she is having a sad day, and she deserves to have a happy day, because of all of the things she does to help make RAOA an amazing place to be. I think she needs Googly Eyes because googly eyes = smiles. It's on her Miscellaneous list. She also needs something to put googly eyes on. It's on her Home & Kitchen list.

u/Cynnova · 1 pointr/tea

I've been using [Finum Brewing Baskets] ( for the last decade or so for brewing one cup of tea at a time. The fine mesh is easy to clean if you rinse is out right after steeping. The large one is ideal for most mug sizes. I find the medium-sized basket to be a little too small for mugs larger than 10 oz.

EDIT: If you're looking for a decent and affordable tea pot, [Hario] ( makes some good ones. Despite the glass looking thin, it's actually quite sturdy.

u/C-creepy-o · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

You sya you don't have the tools to make the mash tun and brew pot. I assemlbe my mash tun, HLT, and brew pot with two 10inch adjustable wrenches, a standard dewalt drill, a carbonate cutting bit, a stepped cutting bit, and some cutting oil. If you have the drill everything else would cost around 50 bucks, then you also gain tools with your equipment. The hardest part is cutting holes in the pot for a thermometer.

Either way to make the Mashtun and MTL you would only need 2 10 inch adjustable wrenches.

Up to you, but here is some all grain kits you could look at:

You can make a 10 gallon mash tun for under 100 dollars:

10 Gallon cooler (~$50)

Ball Valve(~$15)

Screen (~$8)

1/2 female npt fitting(~$5)

Total: 78 dollars. You can buy 2 10 inches adjustable wrenches for 20 dollars (

so even having to buy tools its still under 100 dollars to make the Mash tun. The hot liquor tank will be the same price minus the screen, npt fitting, and tools. I personally made mine even cheaper buy using a 5 gallon htl instead of a 10 gallon and that will drop the price 25 more dollars. There is 0 drilling involved you simply unscrew the old plastic tap and put the weld ball valve in its place, it took me less than 10 min to make my new HTL on Monday.

Also, and this is really important to why I say build yourself, any mash tun you buy is going to be put together the same way it just matters whether you put it together or someone else does, either way the quality will be identical.

If you need a sparge arm for fly sparge you can make that out of pvc pipe:

My two cents, even though you don't believe in you. I do, if you feel like saving money you can absolutely make all this stuff yourself and it doesn't require you be good at anything more than thinking like a logical person.

u/daeedorian · 4 pointsr/Scotch

$7.60 apiece to anyone with Amazon prime...

I keep ordering them for friends, mostly because I want to have one to use when I'm at their houses... but it makes me look nice.

This $5 mini pitcher is also a great addition...

u/sandwichesandbitches · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Something cute

Happy Birthday! Hope it is a great one and anustart ;)

u/renational · 0 pointsr/tea

rah is of course right to suggest you spend more of your budget on tea, and less on ceremony. however, then you should instead invest in an effective tea brewer/seeper that makes good tea and skip the ceremonial pieces altogether. like a "french press" for coffee, there are various contraptions that may do a better job at making tea than ceremonial pieces. or as rah suggests, simply get any teapot with a large mesh center basket and go from there. I'm not advocating these products, simply giving you more to consider.

u/RebuildMode- · 2 pointsr/tea

Hario. I own this particular size (450 ml), and it's perfect for 1 big cup or 2 smaller cups. The glass will get hot where the tea contacts it, but the handle has never gotten hot on me. It pours really well and is easy to clean too -- always a plus at work.

u/Professor_LiesAlot · 2 pointsr/shutupandtakemymoney

It does require ice, water, and electricity but works on cans, bottles, and even big wine bottles.

I like gadgets and pull this thing out every time we need a bottle of wine rapid chilled. Plus it seems to be a cool party trick when I can make a room temperate beer ice cold in 60 seconds.

P.S. It doesn't make the beer all foamy like you'd think. Don't know why. I just say it's magic.

u/sylvar · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I added Davidson's Christmas tea to my WL recently. What I recommend is good gear. There are $10 digital scales accurate to 0.1g, so once you find out how much tea you like for a large mug (I like 6g), you can get it right every time. And an IngenuiTEA teapot makes it fun to brew, too.

Hint: You probably don't need to buy a 500g weight to calibrate the scale. A roll of brand-new pennies, 2.5g each, will probably give you plenty of material to work with.

u/D_Gibb · 1 pointr/bourbon

I have a few dram glasses, glencairns, and Canadian whisky glasses (came with the Jack Single Barrel Christmas set last year) that I prefer. Feel sturdy enough to me. I also brought back a Yamazaki rocks glass and a tasting glass from the distillery. I have enough options at reasonable price points for nosing, cocktails, rocks, or neat that I don't feel the need to pay a bundle for these pretty glasses that might break if I look askance at them.

I've seen these Brumate BN8G Nos'R glasses a few times that are pretty (except that they're opaque) and nigh indestructible for $24.95 each on Amazon.

u/bridget1989 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon






I want Jessica to make me a hat!

CAN YOU TELL I LIKE FIREFLY!?! I got really mad when I heard the news about the cease-and-desist over the Jayne Hats on Etsy, all because Fox wanted to sell them themselves and make some money. Did you read about it?

YOU SHOULD WISH FOR this awesome Tardis mug, because I see it lacking on your nerd list!

Thanks for the contest! ♥!

u/mfeds · 1 pointr/Scotch

Yeah, those are great for tasting whisk(e)y - this style can also be good and is a bit bigger if one should ever like to make a cocktail or use ice: "Canadian Glencairn".

Tasting - as in really thinking about the smells flavors writing down notes - ice will only dull your tongue and not help, and the regular Glencairns might be too small to fit ice cubes. If you ever like to make cocktails (more common with bourbon/rye than scotch for sure) like Manhattans, old Fashioneds, or just have some booze over a few ice cubes, the Canadian may be a bit better and they are still very nice for "tasting" neat. Just my 2 cents - I have both styles and even just bought a "NEAT" glass but haven't tried it yet.

u/PoeCollector · 1 pointr/tea

Starting out, all I'd get is a simple pot with a removable infuser such as this. Something like that will make perfectly great tea. You can always get a fancy tea set later; it's mostly an aesthetic thing.

u/HollowWiener · 1 pointr/winnipegjets

Does he have nice whisky drinking glasses? A glencairn is a must for any whisky lover, and the canadian glencairn is a very comfortable glass to drink out of.

u/AJB4LSU · 2 pointsr/bourbon

It's made by taylor'd. Called milestones. Basically a super sized glencairn. Here's a link to Amazon. I like doing the high proof stuff in it. Let's the alcohol fumes out but keeps the rest in.... Kinda

Taylor'd Milestones Reserve Whiskey Glass - Set of 2 10.5 oz Scotch Glasses. Premium Bourbon Rocks Glass Shaped for Improving Tasting and Aroma of Spirits. Crystal Clear Glassware

u/saroka · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

GET TO SLEEP! Actually I need to sleep too. XD

These little pinch bowls will help a lot with prep in cooking in my new apartment. :)

u/PerspektiveGaming · 9 pointsr/whiskey

Does he eat cake or other sweets with whisky? If not, he may just be confused, and buying a bottle of whisky would be a safer route.

If he doesn't have a set of Glencairn Glasses that might be a nice gift as well.

u/cthylla · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I see you have chopsticks on your list. I recommend these. They were gifted to me a little while ago and I love them. :o Easy to clean, no splinters, very sleek looking, and you can use them as wolverine claws!

u/ColinAllCarz · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm only going onto Reddit for a minute....


Thanks for the awesome contest :)

u/run5numb · 1 pointr/kratom

I use an IngenuiTEA to make my kratom tea. It steeps it for as long as I like (usually at least 15 minutes), and dispenses when I put it on top of a glass. I usually fill the glass it dispenses into with sugar and stir to dissolve, before pouring into another larger cup filled with ice. Cold, sweet, perfect.

u/TXCoastie · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have this and it's awesome! I love it! You add hot water, stir and just put the cup on the bottom.

u/fireflygirlie · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Would you like a falafel with that? awesome tea infuser? My sister is a college student and lives in the dorms so she's pretty limited in what she can do in the way of tea. She got me hooked on tea and I'd love to get her one of these!

EDIT: Check out your college's website. Usually they include a list of stuff to bring. I highly suggest flip flops (crappy ones to wear in the shower), disposable cleaning wipes, a first aid kit, rain boots (seriously. there's nothing like a crap load of rain to keep you from going to class, a nice umbrella or poncho, and lots of tupperware (big and small) to keep things organized. Also, you may want to invest in a small safe to keep your awesome stuff locked up tight. Your roommate might be great, but you never know...

u/tppytel · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Yeah, the process is fun. :) I have one of these teapots, which is the perfect size for 3-4 servings, along with some simple Japanese ceramic teacups. Nothing fancy (maybe $25 all told) but Asian green teas aren't meant to be drunk in huge American mugs. If you have a decent digital thermometer then that helps to dial in your temps/timings.

u/resuoh · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/FlagrantElectra · 3 pointsr/tea

This teapot is by far my favorite. I feel like Hario needs to hire me as a sales rep, I love these things so much. It is easy to clean, damn near unbreakable, and still looks brand new after years of regular use. I have all three sizes, but the 100ml is the one I reach for most often. I have clay pots, glazed, non glazed, and numerous other styles, but they all sit in a cupboard while the Hario is on the counter. I like to think that I learn a lot about a tea via color and how it changes, so I gravitate towards glass pots.

u/amazinggracee · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

toilet drinks!
because I want to let people know that I conserve water and is very environmentally friendly! :D (okay, maybe not, but why not?)
I'm not very good at pranks. Um. In the fifth grade I told my friend it was my birthday and she believed me. but for real, my family adjusted my clock to the wrong time and I got mad because I thought I would be late to school.

One time I went to school and I was really tired so I just went through the motions. Turns out that I was wearing my underwear on the outside. Just like Captain America. And the funny part is that I didn't notice until my friend starting laughing at me.

u/Ashleyrah · 2 pointsr/shutupandtakemymoney

Under $10 link for the lazy

Make great housewarming gifts cause you're pretty sure they don't already have one.

u/Therion596 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Stand by:

Ball Valve

False Bottom

10 gallon cooler

False Bottom - Valve adapter

Please shop around. I have no doubt you could get some of this stuff for cheaper. I was restricted in that my only form of currency was Amazon gift cards. Especially the adapter could be built / constructed for much cheaper than I paid.

Additionally, instead of the false bottom / adapter, one could simply employ a Bazooka Screen instead of a false bottom, I have just read that false bottoms are more effective and less prone to problems.

DISCLAIMER - Always do your own research and make sure the parts that you are buying are all compatible and properly sized, etc. etc.

Having said that, the parts I listed above are exactly what I ordered and all fit together perfectly, I just needed to go out and buy a female coupler (to attach the valve to the hose from the false bottom) and a washer (per the included instructions with the valve, which had a additional washer for my configuration).

u/jarvis400 · 3 pointsr/tea

I always recommend Japanese Hario Maru teapots, as I feel that they are relly well designed and made.

The infuser basket is big and easily removed when the steeping is done. It pours well without dribble and the short lip is not as frail as a long glass spout. The whole thing is easily washed. They come in three sizes.

u/KittyCaughtAFinch · 1 pointr/tea

I've had a gaiwan for a while, and like everyone has said, they're versatile and inexpensive. But like you, I started out with one of Teavana's steepers and I think at first the transition to gaiwans and gongfu style brewing was a bit intimidating- so my intermediary step was a glass teapot with a large infuser basket. I got the Hario ChaCha and I still love it and use it all the time, in addition to my gaiwan =)

u/tbaileysr · 1 pointr/boardgames

Here is one more thing that can help clean up and setup. Silicone condiment cups. These are great for keeping things tidy during a game. When finished with game just pick up the cup and pour into the ziplock bag.

u/mfinn · 3 pointsr/Scotch

10 bucks for more than you'll use in probably 2 years. Nitrogen is completely inert and a better choice than CO2 in a non-carbonated beverage...this is a mix of Nitrogen, Argon, and CO2 and I think a better "cheap" option thank straight Nitrogen or the marble route.

u/Zanato · 4 pointsr/tea

Steeping tea is enjoyable to me. At minimum, you'll need a device for heating the water (kettle, either electric or stovetop), a container for steeping (teapot), a filter to catch the leaves (can be part of teapot or separate), and a cup for drinking.

I use these:

  • Medelco kettle
  • BIA Cordon Blue teapot and cup
  • Steel ball strainer

    The process is simple.

  • Place leaves into teapot.
  • Heat water in kettle.
  • Pour water into teapot.
  • Place strainer at mouth of teapot while pouring tea into cup.

    You can alternatively place the leaves in the strainer and stick it inside the teapot to steep. That's slightly simpler, but it doesn't allow the leaves to fully expand.

    Some teapots are also designed to ease the steeping process further, like Adagio's Ingenuitea, which I own and yet don't use as much. You place the leaves inside, steep, and then the tea flows out from the filtered mesh bottom, directly into a cup.

    Once you've developed tea as a hobby and have certain regional or style preferences, such as Japanese sencha (green tea) or Chinese oolongs, you can invest in steeping equipment specific to those, such as kyusu or tetsubin and Zisha teapots or gaiwan. These are by no means required, but they can heighten the experience, especially if you decide to prepare the tea in the culturally traditional manner; see Japanese and Chinese tea ceremonies.
u/n9ucs · 8 pointsr/theydidthemath

Check out /r/Homebrewing and just start saving. Even 2 dollars a day with you and a friend and you could be rolling in a couple months.

edit: also start saving glass bottles that require a bottle opener. Those are reusable.

edit2: Things you'll need. Feel free to find similar products.

cooler with spigot

valve(I'm not sure of the size on that igloo)

bazooka screen

bottles(make sure they're brown)



some sort of gas stove. say a propane stove, a turkey fryer, or a kitchen stove.

a large pot


I'm probably forgetting things.

u/the_ubermunch · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I would advise against getting the NB cooler kits because of the crazy markup on the coolers themselves. If you look at the products, you have to assemble everything yourself anyway. They charge $100 for the igloo coolers, but you can get them for $42 on Amazon. Actually, the fittings that NB offers are a pretty comparable price to other places. Maybe just get the fittings, but uncheck the cooler and order it separately.

Also, as others have said, you may not really need the HLT. Just try to visualize your brew day and see how you can finagle things optimally. Personally, I use my boil kettle as my HLT, and things work out well.

u/tearisha · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. mug that changes colors
  2. my favorite drink is roasted green tea, also known as Hojicha
  3. "tea is always a good idea" - me everyday
  4. a tea storage container for the many loose leaf teas i have

    ENJOY MORE TEA also check out /r/tea
u/Dustin_Breadcrumbs · 4 pointsr/Scotch

How does he drink his scotch?

If with ice, go with a rocks glass and throw in a round ice maker.

If he drinks it neat or with a little water, go with the Glencarin glasses everyone is recommending. They are my go to. Another solid choice in this vein would be a copita nosing glass. They're basically a Glencairn on a stick.

Whatever you choose, Amazon or Waterford, a nice touch would be getting the glassware engraved.

u/TheBestGameGuy · 3 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

OP here are a few

A mug which allegedly freezes even hot drinks in 60 seconds, requires the container to be put in the freezer before hand.

RCS Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage-Chilling Appliance HC01C

This Amazon product which for a cool ba-dum-tsss £130 can chill a can, or even upto a bottle in 2 mins

Hope this helps, OP

u/Gypsys_Soul_1989 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

hey guys..names TJ...i'm a wildland firefighter here in thing that makes me smile is the intro music to the Harry Potter movies...they got me through some really tough times growing up..HARRY POTTER IS LIFE!!!!!! this would me an awesome thing to wake up to

u/natrlselection · 133 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

Why don't they just use chopsticks? I think I saw that as LifeProTip here once, and I can't go back. It makes it so easy to reach into the bag and grab a chip without getting oil or cheese-dust onto your hand.

I even bought stainless steel chopsticks on amazon so I could just keep washing them and reusing them.

Edit: OK, I realize OP meant "french fries" and not "crisps" you crazy Limeys.

u/TheCommieDuck · 1 pointr/tea

So I currently have 2 teapots; one is about 450ml and was a second-hand gift, but sadly it's too small to fit my infuser basket in. The other one is a fancier porcelain one, but the issue is that it's a litre. My infuser basket fits great, but unless I fill it rather full (900 or 1000ml of water), it doesn't work amazingly because it's one of those taller, thinner ones.

After browsing the sub I found (which is 450ml) and it seems to have a much bigger infuser basket than I currently have. I really want to try gongfu, too...blah, I'm going to end up with far too many teapots at this rate.

u/NotSnarky · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Can you link to that Amazon deal? I don't see it there. A friend of mine is looking for a mash tun and that would be perfect for him.

Edit: Never mind... I found it. Was looking for Gott and it is an Igloo.

u/jadd806 · 3 pointsr/tea

I've used this as my only teapot for several years:

It's pretty minimal and maybe not what you're looking for. I've fumbled it several times and never broken it. Works great with every kind of tea.

u/clawsgirl · 3 pointsr/tea

The link for the mug on Amazon is here for the people who asked. :)

I personally love it, so give it a try.

u/ChalkyTannins · 6 pointsr/wine

Argon gas preserving is by far the best way... can keep wines fresh for a week or longer...vacuum savers only increase the life of a wine by about a day.

u/maxd · 1 pointr/boardgames

Yeah I actually like the green one!

NINJA EDIT: Actually I am gonna buy bought these because Amazon. :)

u/awkwardsoul · 1 pointr/tea this one?

I rec this one, Davidstea Tea Press stops the infusion, though the tea is on the bottom. Similar to a french press, but the mesh style stops the infusion. Better leaf expansion and less moving parts.

There are many like this one where you can flip and pull out the filter from the bottom. Or others with a basket that you can remove from the top.

u/kasubot · 2 pointsr/PressureCooking

Ive gotten perfect rice every time with this. Another thing that helped out was getting a rice washing bowl super cheap and doubles as a vessel to defrost things under running water since it drains slowly.

u/Goatpunching · 3 pointsr/Scotch

I am in the US, I got a little better deal than what you can get them on amazon right now and it was a local place so no shipping. The one issue is they did come in the commercial box and not in the retail box. I would say this is the best deal right now.

u/MaxH42 · 1 pointr/alcohol

Those are a very good price, and they look pretty only concern is that the base seems both a little lighter and a little narrower than the pricier Glencairns. But they have great reviews, so I'd probably go for it if I needed any!

I also like whisky tots (sometimes called whisky bowl glasses or Canadian whisky glasses), like these, but it's harder to find bargains on these (which is why I didn't even mention them at first):

u/Pantagruelist · 5 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

I recommend everyone buy a butter dish, one that uses water to preserve it. You can keep it out instead of the fridge, and your butter is always soft. Then buy some really good butter and some good bread. You won't want anything else for breakfast. Something like this.

u/ProphetOfBrawndo · 6 pointsr/Libertarian

New possible loophole:

  1. Buy warm beer from store

  2. Walk to store's chilling station

  3. Success!

    I don't see anything in the law saying the store can't provide a chiller for already purchased beer. Just like they provide a microwave to heat up the burrito you just bought to go with your beer...
u/electrikapricot · 2 pointsr/tea

Invest in an infuser and start drinking loose leaf tea. The dust/scraps that go into bagged tea can't hold a candle to the fresh, rich flavour you get out of the full leaf. You can find single-serve mugs, mesh strainers, and full-size kettles. The difference is noticeable and makes the whole experience more enjoyable.

u/jarec707 · 1 pointr/SleepApnea

Thanks for your comment. Are you referring to the AirMini HumidX or to other HME? In any event I wonder if using an inert gas in a sealable plastic bag would work. At some point, of course, the cost and hassle of trying to stretch the life of the HumidX or HME outweigh the benefit. Might be worthwhile to experiment with this and a sealable container

u/spartasucks · 1 pointr/AskReddit

There is a thing like that. Ive seen it in a store. Cools 1 beer in < 1 minute. I'll try to find it and edit in a link.


I think I saw one in Big Lots for like $20. You can achieve the same thing by filling a bowl with ice and laying a beer down on it and spinning the can with your fingers. Works surprisingly well

u/brbcoding · 1 pointr/bourbon

That's what I've been using lately and I love it (these ones).

And to the OP: I recently ordered a bourbon neat at a bar and it ended up being served chilled in a martini glass ಠ_ಠ. Whatever you do, do not do that.

u/dcskins88 · 2 pointsr/bourbon

These. You get the best of both worlds of the similar shape of a traditional Glencairn. It's big enough for ice if you desire. It fits 10.5 ounces if you want to really throw down.

u/I_See_Dead_Redditors · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

well I have never been married...but if I ever do or what not I would probably go for something like This or This

This is funny

Oh how I wish I was a platypus!

u/Jbuns · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This This This This!!!!

Boomerang for THE BEST coffee cup ever!

u/mejor_lazer · 1 pointr/tea

An electric programmable kettle with different temperature settings will cost you about $30-$40 I just picked up this one, pretty decent, probably a bit too much water for one sitting to be honest. It's pretty important to get the right temperature for tea since too hot scalds certain types, and too warm doesn't get the full benefit of others.

At work, I'd go with those infuser cups, since it's really convenient. I don't have this one but I've got something similar to it.

With about $60ish left, you can get quite an assortment of teas.

u/braden87 · 2 pointsr/tea

My dream, it has become real. I wanted to do something similar for years, well done finding the motivation to actuate it.


I'd always picture using something like:

u/wh1skeyk1ng · 1 pointr/DIY_eJuice

I keep my CXT in the freezer. Even after a year, my last liter (100mg/mL in PG) was still fresh and clear as ever. My current one is close to 6 months in, and showing no signs of oxidizing. I spray a few shots of this in it after re-filling my working bottle. Not sure if it's helping for certain, but I've had ZERO issues with oxidation when using it. I used to have a 120 mL working bottle which started showing some pinkness after a couple months, but I wasn't using the preservative in between mix sessions. Now I use a 30mL nice bottle for mixing, I don't preserve it, nor do I have problems since it gets freshened up once a month.

I know I say it on this sub all the time, but I can't see there being a better nicotine than what you get from Carolina Extracts. I've read countless horror stories about people getting dicked around by Nude Nicotine. (shipping times, incorrect base or strength, leaky bottles, shitty/no customer service, etc) I've also read plenty of other testimonials about people getting nicotine that is brown and harsh from numerous other vendors.

I have no affiliation with CXT, but I feel like if everyone here got their nicotine from them and stored it properly, we wouldn't be having a nicotine discussion every single day. Just my 2 cents.

EDIT: nothing against you or OP, I just went on a little tangent, and also realized OP in the UK so I don't know if he can even get CXT. I would have to imagine there has to be a similar company over there than cold presses their nic.

u/qqpugla · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Some sort of lantern

This would be a fun prize!

u/slick8086 · 1 pointr/instantpot

I have this one it is awesome and cheap I highly recommend

Inomata Japanese Rice Washing Bowl with Side and Bottom Drainers, Clear

The holes are small enough that it will fill up without using a second bowl and let you swirl then it drains.

u/ModestCamel · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Ok my favorite 2 are probably the tardis mug and the GoT board game. As cool as the game looks, I couldn't let the tardis fall into a black hole of awfulness.

u/Blaggy · 2 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

You can find them on amazon, for example. You can also check out wine making websites, there'll be sure to have em. Like e-juice, wine making has a huge crafts/hobbyist side so there'll be a lot of info about if you google.

u/embertouchtehfire · 1 pointr/foodhacks

Easy way to 'steam' things. Use those plastic shopping bags you bring home your groceries in. No need to waste money on the name brand 'steamer bags'.

Addintionaly food like carrots, potatos, sweet potatos, corn on the cob, and other fresh veg dont need refrigeration and all microwave well. The smaller the food the shorter the cook time. I do big potatoes for 6-8 minutes, small carrots for 4-6.

Also keep in mind real butter (not the spreads or country crock) doesnt need refrigeration just stitck it in a butter bell so you can add butter to any dish you microwave.

u/shiroe314 · 3 pointsr/tea

Its glass but 300 ml pot. Large basket. I have the 700 ml one and love it.

u/stayathomemistress · 2 pointsr/JuneBumpers2017

GREAT QUESTION. So I've used those disposable fleet enemas in the past. We didn't have any, so he rummaged in the kitchen until he found one of these. Filled it with warm water and helped me, um, apply it as needed.

u/ACrazyGerman · 3 pointsr/tea

I've tried a few different pots and by far, like really really far this is the best one.

I've since bought 3 of them. One for work, one for the kitchen, and one in my office.

u/mattyschnitz · 2 pointsr/beer

Its technically a canadian whiskey glass, but its an awesome glass for some high gravity beers and is actually what the Bruery's black tuesday glasses are.

u/Matronix · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Here is something from my wish list. I just want to be able to seperate all of my small ingredients into these pinch bowls so that when I can cooking I can be, How easy was that?!

u/igottadomath · 2 pointsr/tea

I have this one which I use at work:

It's about the right size for 2-3 cups of tea and works really well. Added bonus is that if you take the mesh out you can steep a flowering tea and watch it bloom!

u/kleinePfoten · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

We could use some chopsticks! Enough left over to gift someone else, too~

Thanks for the contest! :D

u/agehaya · 1 pointr/ilstu

Not quite Christmas, but my sister got me a Tardis mug (like this one ) for our birthday, which was last Saturday. Christmas-wise I didn't get anything too flashy: a beautiful scarf made by my mother, a robe, gloves, a mini/travel umbrella, and a little money from my aunt and uncle.

u/glitter_bitch · 2 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

here's what i do... i find a dish that's low enough and wide enough for me to fill mostly with glitter w/o overflowing when i stick my finger in it. for reference, i usually use these little silicone mise en place dishes i got for christmas. :)

then i dip my basecoated fingernail in glitter and instantly brush off any that's on my skin back into the dish; after waiting a few minutes for the polish to set w/ the glitter, i brush the excess from the nail back into the dish, too. a few gentle pats with the flat of my brush nixes standing pieces and also helps settle the glitter firmly. after it's dried really well, i brush it again more vigorously -- i HATE when i get glitter in my topcoat lol -- to make sure every loose piece is off. then i put a thick layer of glitter food followed by a thick layer of topcoat.

u/infra_d3ad · 3 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

Transfering back and forth is not a great idea, more chances for it to get contaminated. Put your VG and PG into working bottles, if your mixing by weight, condiment bottles work well, something like this. When you run out in your working bottles, wash them out let them dry then refil from your large bottles of VG/PG.

As for Nic, break it down into smaller bottles, 30ml Boston rounds with poly cap work well. Say if you have 120ml of nic, break it down into four bottles, put three in the freezer and use one for your working nic.

u/Maitulsa · 4 pointsr/tea

Damn, that's unfortunate! this teapot seems to be pretty good, I hear good things since the infuser is so big it allows a lot of room for the leaves to expand - also cheaper!

u/TheRubyRedPirate · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You most definitely need the toilet mug for $12.48. Its flashy and classy!

u/BomNomNom · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Have you checked out this badass crystal skull glass? to tip you over to 101% badassness?

Or perhaps this go for the more traditional fancy with these beautiful glasses?

When you have some time on your hands, perhaps these freezable glasses may suit you! you know, when you are done looking at the 10 Practical Speed Skating Secrets From Julia Roberts