Sierra Nevada - Nooner Pilsener

The first that came to mind, when I thought about American Pilsener was: nah, no way. This ought to be boring. I remember tasting at least one different beer by Sierra Nevada, but wasn't blown away. Nooner however is different. Very lightly carbonated, thin temporary head. Golden colour. Mostly bitter hops, but a hint of floral aromas. Bitter and very tart aftertaste. From a hop perspective this is comparable to a northern german pilsener, or to what the northern german pilsener has been some years ago. I'm certainly not blown…

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Ale Mania - Gose

This weeks visit to the local bottle shop brought a german Gose into my fridge. The label reads, among the usual suspects, coriander, sea salt and lactic acid. It doesn't however list wheat as an ingredient. The bottle overcarbonated. Great head. Smells like coriander. Very funky taste, slight clove aroma. Tart but mild sourness overall. Characteristically hopped at 14 IBU. Compared to some belgians (oude geuze specifically) the aroma components could be more varied. Ale Manias Gose is bright and floral, I like more complex sour beers. Let's hope we…

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Modernist Rillette

I had a guest on sunday and we usually sit there talking all day. Even if you're sitting all day you need an occasional snack to gorge on. My eyes were set on the Rillette from Modernist Cuisine. So on saturday I went to the butcher. I explained to him that I wanted beef shank. After I assured him that I wanted to cook the meet for at least an hour, he handed me two very nice slices ox shank. MC calls for molten tallow to be added to a…

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Recovering from a botched LV resize

Two months ago a coworker of mine and me were taking an exam together. Everything seems to be going along smoothly, when 45 minutes into the exam the coworker starts to talk to the instructor, gesticulating wildly. I can overhear the instructor giving him two options: either figure it out or reset the machine to the beginning state. Now the exam was hands on. That is you have to setup service, test and debug on your machine. Out of the 150 minutes available he opted to reset at 45 minutes…

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Weißer Nougat

Thomas Kellers zugänglichstes Buch soll das Neueste sein: Bouchon Bakery. Ich habe gerade mein Exemplar bekommen und musste am selben Abend noch etwas ausprobieren. Nur was? Mein Auge ist auf den weißen Nougat gefallen. Im Zucker kochen besitze ich eine gewisse Routine, aber Vorsicht ist geboten, wenn man mit 145°C heißen Zutaten arbeitet. Weißer Nougat Wat? Auch bekannt als türkischer Honig. Benutzen Sie wie Keller vorschlägt Lavendelhonig, dann ist es eine Spezialität der Nord-Provence. Das Rezept hier ist vereinfacht, denn ich konnte so kurzfristig an jenem Abend weder Kakaobutter…

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