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#1 crow

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 06:00 PM

I purchased a brouilleur (don't have a fountain yet) but the stream is way too fast, even when I drop a sugar cube into it to try to clog up the hole. The water flows out too quickly, spoiling the louch and leaving behind the partially undissolved sugar cube. Any suggestions? Is it just a bad brouilleur?
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Posted 04 October 2011 - 06:11 PM

No, it's pretty normal. Some are faster than others. You can experiment with a marble as some do, but I find if you put a bunch of ice cubes in the brouilleur, the stream is slowed down nicely, especially if you pour slowly, or in several spaced out smaller pourings.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 06:41 PM

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Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 06:45 PM

I use a wood toothpick as a 'regulator valve', and let it drip for about 2min or 2/3 of the dilution, then pull the toothpick out. On the rare times I do use sugar, for a brouilleur I don't use a cube, just regular table sugar.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 06:47 PM

Even simple syrup can be used and not cause any clogging. :)
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

#6 Père Ubu

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 06:48 PM

Ted says to pack the dripper with ice. Makes sense to me. I bought a vodka infusion jar, that works very well as a cheap $38 absinthe fountain.
My dripper was a yogurt cup.

#7 Ambear

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 06:54 PM

I go the hookah route...get a square of tin foil and poke holes in it with a pin. :twitchsmile:
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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:01 PM

The water flows out too quickly, spoiling the louch...

Start by finding better absinthe. ;)
Seriously, a good absinthe should louche nicely with a cold steam of water. A very slow drip should not be necessary.

#9 Père Ubu

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:09 PM

I go the hookah route...get a square of tin foil and poke holes in it with a pin. :twitchsmile:

I have no idea what you are talking about. ;)

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:22 PM

Jesus, you'd think Joe's louche is really thick or something...

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#11 crow

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:44 PM

I like the toothpick idea. Thnx. Yes I need to make a batch of simple syrup too.
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Posted 04 October 2011 - 08:11 PM

I use one of those fancy named drippy things! Used to use two...

Marble could work but I find that if I want a slower drip I just make sure ice covers the hole just a bit and it tends to slow things down just fine.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 08:27 PM

Jesus, you'd think Joe's louche is really thick or something... :dev-cheers:

I know. Crazy, right? Check out the old photos and advertisements. Are they s-l-o-w-l-y dripping water? Hell no! They are pouring "a thin stream" of water.

I got no patience for thin-louching-wimpy-ass absinthe. I'm just a Rebel.

#14 Ambear

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 08:33 PM

Could be a fun video series..."Does it louche?"
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Posted 04 October 2011 - 08:35 PM

Please, let me Emcee!

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 08:42 PM

I wanna do a Benny Hill sequence with stop motion bottles, glasses, spoons, and sugar cubes. :laugh:

Probably for a laughably bad absinthe. Are there any British fauxsinthes?
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Posted 05 October 2011 - 11:53 AM

Just home from work. Tried the toothpick. Like it. :thumbup:

Tried it with a half ounce of Doubs Mystique (I have an appt in half hour, got to drive). Drip, drip. Lovely louche.

Edited by crow, 05 October 2011 - 11:54 AM.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:20 PM

I'd like to pick up a brouilleur. Anyone have any suggestions on types or brands ?

#19 Père Ubu

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:29 PM

The see saw dripper sure seems pretty, but it is a few bucks. On the other extreme was my yogurt cup with a hole. Absinthe devil, love of france, muse de france, and absinthes.com all have some nice options.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:20 PM

The metal ones with 3 holes work great, as do the glass single-hole versions. Cheap, and they work.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:45 AM

The best glass and dripper combo ever, good luck ever finding one though.

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The drippers function better than any others I've seen, but are fragile and very, very, rare.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:02 AM

I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing that combo.

Thank you for sharing.
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
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#23 crow

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:53 AM

Okay so where do we get a set and how much? I don't have a soul so I'd have to pay cash or credit.
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#24 Père Ubu

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 08:46 AM

Here are some drippers: http://www.loveoffra...sults.asp?Cat=5

The Herbsainte one would cost too much to use, unless you have a green eyed boxer supervising the procedure. :)

And yes, thanks for sharing Imp's servant, that sure is a pretty set.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 09:47 AM

Thanks for the responses :twitchsmile:

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 11:47 AM

...i've always found absinthe.de to be an excellent source for absinthe and absinthe accessories......

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 05:27 AM

I'm exited about my new dripper, made from a tailomade tiered measuring cup. It's a plastic 1 cup, measuring cup with the middle tier representing 1/2 cup, and the bottom tier being 1/4 cup (4oz). It fits perfectly over my glasses, and God stopped me before I made the drain too big. I put it over a glass of neat MoL, poured a touch over a 1/4 cup of water from my VC carafe, and the MoL louched perfectly drop by drop. I didn't have to babysit it, and the whole thing was very portable. Slower than my fountain, but the lack of supervision & ease of movement, freed me to do others things as a perfect louche was created. I'm VERY happy. :)

Funny that originally I bought an onion saver to turn into a dripper, but my wife confiscated it and offered the measuring cup, whose handle had broken.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 12:44 PM

They're great for putting some ice in and then pouring water over the top as well, for a little extra cold...sometimes we forget to pre-chill the water or are impatient.
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 02:07 PM

Good point, I gotta keep that in mind for the summer.

I'm just amazed how better this set up is, over my departed fountain. It is easier to use, easier to get the water amount correctly, the louche is prettier and thicker, no worries about over watering (slow dripping with fountains and ADD don't mix), I can bring the louching glass all over the house, and clean up is a snap.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 12:32 PM

Jesus, you'd think Joe's louche is really thick or something...

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I Have seen Joe's absinthe louch just fine straight from a sink faucet :laf:


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