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    OK, continuing this thread which is too far off-topic to continue as Kopi Luwak related

    As far as stout goes, I havent tried many that I really like but at the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane, I sampled some Guinness on tap from the irish pub pavilion (of course). It was so smooth, I havent tasted better since. Guinness must be poured from the tap - canned stuff doesnt rate and bottled is only a little better.

    Drinking alcohol is a bit of an ambiance thing for me. I enjoy a drink every now and then but there seems to be times and places when it seems to go down so much better. The Thai Singha beer tastes pretty ordinary when Ive bought it here, but tasted great when I was in Thailand. The best beer I have ever enjoyed was a Chinese no-name wheat beer I bought in a market in some town north of HCM City (1993). A long neck cost me about AU50c but I was pretty hot and thirsty at the time.

    Wine can be like that too. BTW, if for some reason you dont finish a bottle of red how do you store it. Ive been putting mine in the fridge and letting it reach room tempo before drinking.

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    Try squeezing all the air out and putting it in the freezer.

    Hang on.........is that for red wine?

    Expo 88?
    I dont remember seeing you there.

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      Hmmm - Expo 88. I was there too! Should have said hello.
      I was the big guy eating Bangers and Mash at the English Pub.

      Had the family over for a late Christmas dinner last night, so I opened a nice Penfolds Thomas Hyland 2002 Cab Sav.

      It was a gift a few years back, so we decided to give it a go. Very smooth and enjoyable.

      If you do not finish your bottle of red, youre not taking it seriously!

      Normally, we just put one of those air stoppers in the bottle and try to finish it off the next night. If not, it usually (no matter how cheap/expensive it was) gets used in a cooking dish. Beef stew or pasta sauce as a rule.

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      • #4
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        Left over wine?

        I saw an apron while shopping last week.
        It said "Im dreaming of a white Christmas and after I finish the whites Im starting on the reds."

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by Thundergod link=1230686384/0#3 date=1230687526
          Left over wine?

          I saw an apron while shopping last week.
          It said "Im dreaming of a white Christmas and after I finish the whites Im starting on the reds."

          ...which reminds me of a joke along the lines of:

          I was reading something that said if you want to feel better about yourself, then find something you can  finish.

          Well this morning I finished a 6 pack of Boag, a bottle of single malt and a couple of joints and, I can tell, you Im feeling real good now!

          I used to use the air stoppers but I find it kills the flavour.

          Perhaps "if you remember Expo 88, you werent there" applies???


          Yeah, my wife only drinks a splash of wine and Im no longer able to finish the rest of the bottle without consequences.

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            Originally posted by flynn_aus link=1230686384/0#0 date=1230686384
            BTW, if for some reason you dont finish a bottle of red how do you store it. Ive been putting mine in the fridge and letting it reach room tempo before drinking.
            Yep, that works well providing you are only keeping it for a few days. If you can, put the remainder in to a smaller bottle so there is less air space, then it will last longer. It also depends on if you want it to evole or not. ie. if its a fairly young, tannic red, it will usually improve by the next day stored in the original bottle (so there is some air space) at room temperature.

            If you know beforehand that you will only drink half the bottle, as soon as you open the bottle pour half out in to a 375ml screwcap bottle, right to the brim so there is no air space, and screw the top on and put in the fridge. It will last for a fair while stored like that.

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Bill link=1230686384/0#5 date=1230689821
              Originally posted by flynn_aus link=1230686384/0#0 date=1230686384
              BTW, if for some reason you dont finish a bottle of red how do you store it. Ive been putting mine in the fridge and letting it reach room tempo before drinking.
              Yep, that works well providing you are only keeping it for a few days. If you can, put the remainder in to a smaller bottle so there is less air space, then it will last longer. It also depends on if you want it to evole or not. ie. if its a fairly young, tannic red, it will usually improve by the next day stored in the original bottle (so there is some air space) at room temperature.

              If you know beforehand that you will only drink half the bottle, as soon as you open the bottle pour half out in to a 375ml screwcap bottle, right to the brim so there is no air space, and screw the top on and put in the fridge. It will last for a fair while stored like that.
              Or you could use that vacuum pump thingy. You know, the thing that people told you to buy to keep roasted beans fresher for longer and now you better, you dont use any more.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by bassway link=1230686384/0#6 date=1230691446
                Or you could use that vacuum pump thingy. You know, the thing that people told you to buy to keep roasted beans fresher for longer and now you better, you dont use any more.
                Well in the wine world, as in the coffee world, there are mixed opinions as to whether those strip off some of the volitiles from the wine or not. However, many winery cellar doors use them so they obviously dont have those concerns. But in any case, putting the leftover wine in to a smaller bottle, so there is little air space, does keep the wine fresher for longer than the vacuum things do.

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                • #9
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                  Thanks Bill

                  I remember the article I read advising storing in the fridge also mentioned putting into a smaller bottle to reduce air contact. I will have to buy a half bottle of red for that purpose. I always try to finish a bottle within 3 days
                  Or you could use that vacuum pump thingy.
                  That is what I was referring to when I said "I used to use the air stoppers but I find it kills the flavour. "  To my palate, there is a definite loss of something and I stopped using the one I have.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by fatboy link=1230686384/0#2 date=1230687305
                    If not, it usually (no matter how cheap/expensive it was) gets used in a cooking dish. Beef stew or pasta sauce as a rule.
                    If its no good to drink, its no good in cooking.

                    Seeing as its hot and humid here and the seafood is plentiful Ive been trying some whites that I normally wouldnt. Had a great surprise from a Howling Wolf Semmilon Sav yesterday, normally wouldnt touch semillons. Not overly sweet nor dry considering. My all time favorite white is Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc with a close second to Stoneleigh Savignon Blanc. Both great for this time of year.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Pioneer Roaster link=1230686384/0#9 date=1230697479
                      If its no good to drink, its no good in cooking.
                      No, I disagree with that.
                      Its tantamount to the belief that if a certain coffee is no good as an espresso, then it is no good as any other style.

                      Ive had some wines that were OK as a drink but did a very good job in the dish.

                      Also, dont confuse cheap with bad. Not always the case (or half case).

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                      • #12
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                        Mmmm Expo 88 I forgot more than I remembered but the German Beer Hall was fun also the Rum Distillery at Beenliegh got a hammering as a young Engineering Student with about 12 more of his mates on the loose from a Victorian winter ;D

                        As to Tipple a good single malt (Glenfidich for general) or a Coopers Pale for summer currently sinking number 3

                        Flynn you want to try some of my cookies by the sound of it with your coffee

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                          Originally posted by beanflying link=1230686384/0#11 date=1230709224
                          Mmmm Expo 88 I forgot more than I remembered but the German Beer Hall was fun also the Rum Distillery at Beenliegh got a hammering as a young Engineering Student with about 12 more of his mates on the loose from a Victorian winter ;D

                          As to Tipple a good single malt (Glenfidich for general) or a Coopers Pale for summer currently sinking number 3

                          Flynn you want to try some of my cookies by the sound of it with your coffee
                          Sounds tempting BF. Ill bring the single malt

                          Coopers brings back very fond memories - I remember my first taste of this at a bar called The Boot and Flogger in Canberra in 1980, then off to see one of my all time favourite bands, Magazine.

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                            Re: Favourite tipple

                            Originally posted by flynn_aus link=1230686384/0#0 date=1230686384
                            OK, continuing this thread which is too far off-topic to continue as Kopi Luwak related

                            The Thai Singha beer tastes pretty ordinary when Ive bought it here, but tasted great when I was in Thailand.
                            Wine can be like that too. BTW, if for some reason you dont finish a bottle of red how do you store it. Ive been putting mine in the fridge and letting it reach room tempo before drinking.
                            In thailand you would have been in the best of moods which will always make a drink be top notch, which is why when my FIL opens a good bottle of wine, usually when on holidays or birthdays etc, he waits till all the grandkids are in bed and everybodys chilling out so it can be properly enjoyed in the right frame of mind.

                            The other BIG problem might be explained on the back of the label. Over the last 5 - 10 years australian breweries have been buying the rights to brew certain beers over here so maybe what you probably paid import price for was more like glorified XXXX dog urine.

                            Its one of the biggest con jobs going because unless use read the fine print on the back of the label they make the cartons and bottles look exactly the same as the import and charge you import prices. They sholud all be clearly labeled on the front of the bottles/cartons.  It would have been about 7 or so years ago I found a beer called Kingfisher (from India) that I and the FIL really liked so we went halves in a carton as it was about $75 and its was one of the best beers i had ever had. About 2 years later my FIL saw them on sale for $62 so picked up another carton and when the friday night dinner came around he gave me a glass and after the first sip it didnt taste as I remembered. After i finished he asked if I liked it and when I said it was different he turned the label around in the fine print the three worst possible words.....

                            Brewed Under Licence.

                            If youve drank Guinness over here in the last 20 years more than likely its made here andsame goes for stella. Others are Becks,Heineken,Kirin,Kronenbourg,Carlsberg,Steinla ger, Amstel and Kingfisher to name a few. They also control some other brands and have them brewed in different country again.

                            Sorry for the rant.... Pet Hate

                            With wine I just do the same as you cork or screwcap back on and back in the fridge for the next night. People like Gary Walsh who get paid to taste wine all do the same thing and thats enough for me. Im on my second glass of Elderton Shiraz 02 and must admit its better now that the air has got to it for half an hour in the glass.

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                              Originally posted by Sarg link=1230686384/0#13 date=1230719345
                              Im on my second glass of Elderton Shiraz 02 and must admit its better now that the air has got to it for half an hour in the glass.
                              Cool. I had a Majella Cab Sav 00, which is drinking very very nicely now with a bit of age on it. And finished off with a Penfolds Grandfather Port.

                              Happy New Year everyone!!!

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