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#1 plunger

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:38 PM

Modern Marvels : Distilleries 2.
Airs on Wednesday October 11 10:00 PM

It's an art. It's a science. It's a marriage of vapor and water. From the elite to the illegal, the banned, to the celebrated, the distillation of spirits is a 50 billion dollar a year business. We will visit brandy, liqueur, moonshine, and absinthe distilleries to see how this magic is done. A trip to the Christian Brothers Distillery in northern California will reveal the secrets of how brandy is made and in the Deep South we observe a working moonshine still. Then it's off to France, where we visit the Courvoisier Cognac distillery and at the Jade Absinthe Distillery we see how this controversial drink is made. Includes expert commentary and historical perspective given by Bon Appetit's Anthony Dias Blue.


I wonder when Combier changed their name...
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 09:40 PM

Oh, good deal. I'll set the reminder for this on my cable box.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 10:00 PM

Sounds interesting. I hope somebody will post a review, I don't see it in my local listings.

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#4 Alan Moss

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 10:20 PM

Can someone put it on You Tube? Apparently they don't worry about copyright, which is why they are now so rich.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 02:45 AM

The only time in 30+ years that something was shown on TV that I'd be interested in watching... without commercials.

I want to learn the secrets of brandy making and see Nymphadora's moonshine still. After all, they did say they're visiting the Deep South. Who else could it be? :wave2:

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 04:02 AM

Appears to be worth watching.

Thanks plunger.
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#7 Brian Robinson

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 05:27 AM

It's on my recordings list! Looking forward to it! :cheers:
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#8 Zman (Marc Bernhard)

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 05:42 AM

What network?

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#9 elfnmagik

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 05:47 AM

Prolly the History Channel.

Yup

Edited by elfnmagik, 11 October 2006 - 05:47 AM.

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#10 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 05:50 AM

No cable. Oh well.

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#11 AlyssaDyane

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:21 AM

No TV. Oh well.
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#12 elfnmagik

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:30 AM

I can burn a disc.

No DVD either I guess.
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#13 AlyssaDyane

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:34 AM

I actually have a dvd player - took it off the boat when it was sold. I just never bought a TV. Don't really watch it. I do get to watch dvd's at the BF's house though. Maybe I can get him to tape it - though he does like to help me out with my absinthe obsession.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:49 AM

No cable. Oh well.


Same sitcheeayshun here.

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#15 Alan Moss

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:16 AM

='Oct 11 2006, 05:50 AM' post='53937']
No cable. Oh well.



No TV. Oh well.



Same sitcheeayshun here.


I've got cable. I've got TV. But I'm living in the wrong continent (no, I'm not incontinent).

Assuming the Combier section is no more than 10 minutes, surely someone here can record it to DVD, extract and compress the Combier section on a PC, and post it on YouTube. Or even better, here.

I posted a 30 minute film of my college days at the latter a few weeks back and it worked fine for others downloading it all over the world!
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#16 AlyssaDyane

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:21 AM

To heck with the Combier Distillery. I wanna see Alan's college days!
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:40 AM

I actually have a dvd player - took it off the boat when it was sold. I just never bought a TV. Don't really watch it. I do get to watch dvd's at the BF's house though.

Most likely you can also watch a DVD on your computer.
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#18 Ari (Eric Litton)

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:43 AM

a .wmv or .mpg of the section would be nice. (I generally stay away from .flv youtube content because it's a pain to download it in the background on my nice pokey <56k modem. )
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#19 AlyssaDyane

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:44 AM

Ummm. I guess so.....kinda slow sometimes. I actually had never even seen a DVD until this last year. They didn't have them in the part of Mexico I lived in. I was never on the internet before this year, either. Still catching on. And now you all know what an airhead I am.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 11:40 AM

Not an airhead, just plenty of room for information. We all started somewhere. :wave2:
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 03:08 PM

:drunk: What he :thumbup: said
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#22 Nymphadora

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 03:26 PM

The only time in 30+ years that something was shown on TV that I'd be interested in watching... without commercials.

I want to learn the secrets of brandy making and see Nymphadora's moonshine still. After all, they did say they're visiting the Deep South. Who else could it be? :wave2:


I don't have a still, but I have a few critters and a cement pond. Woo doggees!

Edited by Nymphadora, 11 October 2006 - 03:30 PM.

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 03:50 PM

You're going to have some conflict with Hissy-Mae on that. And please Nymph, promise you won't get involved in the Evil Avatar™ scheme. I just don't know if I can take the sight of Stroller with your buxom...

nevermind.
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#24 dakini_painter

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 05:40 PM

Well it must be someone else who has a fancy man catcher. :cheers:

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:46 PM

Hmm, well, not a bad piece at all. It was about a quarter or a little bit more devoted to absinthe. More specifically, TAB, but they got Combier in there in tandem with that. No worries though. They basically repeated the sentiment of WS and TAB in general (i.e. that absinthe is *not* the devil and the laws in the US are kooky), so I'm happy.

Besides, who cares who's doing the spokespersin-ing as long as the message is getting across. And Ted's a clean cut guy. I'm sure people buy what he says, no like those moonshiners they had on. No one takes hill-billies seriously...

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:58 PM

I love how everyone was tagged as an "ex-moonshiner", despite the fact that they show them a non-functioning still specifically to avoid showing the functioning ones.
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:31 PM

Being a North Carolinian, I have to wonder if you couldn't make absinthe using "shine" as the base. Seems like the Great Smokey Mountains might be a good place to grow alpine herbs.
On another note, if the FDA restricts the importation of foodstuff containing thujone, then why can we buy imported Albanian sage and French Thyme?
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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:45 PM

My confidence that someone else will have a fairer, more accurate, academic answer allows me to say "because the FDA are a bunch of nitwits."

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#29 Nymphadora

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 07:54 PM

You're going to have some conflict with Hissy-Mae on that. And please Nymph, promise you won't get involved in the Evil Avatar™ scheme. I just don't know if I can take the sight of Stroller with your buxom...

nevermind.


Damn! I was hoping to exploit any cross dressing tendencies.
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#30 Ari (Eric Litton)

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:02 PM

Peridot hit it on the head. :)
The FDA bans finished food with thujone from a select set of herbs. So the herbs themselves or finished foods that contain thujone but not the select herbs are fine. Without any specific levels I bet you could import a sage liquor with enough tbones to send you into seizure heaven after a shot, but absinthe containing wormwood and a drop of thujone is evil, dangerous and not allowed.

To be fair to the FDA the law was on the books before they existed, they just converted an old law and never looked back.
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