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#1 TheGreenOne

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 11:02 AM

Moth Butterfly on concrete the fucking ground.

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 02:26 PM

It's a butterfly, not a moth. Nice image though.


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Posted 05 September 2018 - 06:40 AM

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Posted 05 September 2018 - 08:58 AM

is that really concrete?


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Posted 05 September 2018 - 12:42 PM

A restaurant in an alley.

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 02:24 AM

Definitely not concrete.

It's striated not pebbled.


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Posted 06 September 2018 - 02:25 AM

I lick the nipple

at the end of alley.


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Posted 06 September 2018 - 08:18 AM

Fixed.


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Posted 06 September 2018 - 08:19 AM

An office building.

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 09:02 AM

The Hollywood Squares™ set

was repurposed as an office building?


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Posted 06 September 2018 - 10:48 AM

Kegs

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 12:44 AM

Paulaner?

DAB?

In kegs?

 

Those dead soldiers gave their lives

a long way from their mothers' breasts.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 09:11 AM

Good. No reason Germans should drink all the good beer.

My brother-in-law just returned from somewhere.

I guess you heard?, he said.

I heard something about Austria and motorcycles, I said.

Yeah, well, Germany mostly, he said.

Southern Germany, then. A lot of good beer there, I said.

Seemed mostly ordinary, not dark, he said.

You have to know what you're looking for, I said. People drink lightish beer everywhere.

So, you what, rented a motorcycle for this expedition?, I said.

Yeah, a Harley, he said.

WTF? Why would you go to Germany and not ride a BMW?, I said (implying, having no desire to offend, that they are faster, smoother, better than a piece of shit Harley in every way).

Yeah, well those were flying by us all day. Two and three side by side in the same lane. Are they allowed to do that?, he pondered.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 09:18 AM

The butterfly looked liked it was on a muscle seen through a microscope to me.  Kind of nasty really.  The thought of it being concrete was soothing but dubious.

The building, I don't like.  It looks like it should be on Okinawa, about to be destroyed by a hurricane.

The cafe puts me in mind of Ted's coming out, behind the cathedral in NOLA, but only because it's in an alley.

The kegs remind that life has often been worth living.

A good set of photos, all considered.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 10:57 AM

 A brewer's castle.

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:31 AM

Where?


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:22 PM

I think that one stays inside my head most of the time.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:23 PM

Four flavors of Icee Delight

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 09:10 AM

 It was a few months ago, but still worth sharing.

 

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 11:33 AM

Xit. Didn't know you were still alive.


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Posted 19 September 2018 - 12:18 PM

I saw this on the kitchen counter.

 

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And it was good to see.  Eight days from start to finish (sourdough culture).  I'm learning.  There's more to bread than meets the eye.  Much science behind something that people have done for thousands of years, without knowing the whys and what fors - it's every bit like brewing beer.  Tastes as good as it looks, too.

 

Too bad my rennet has failed - no more cream cheese until I get a more stable product.

 

With a slab of this, and creole cream cheese, and some of the figs I preserved in July, it's all homemade (pisses me off when restaurants say that shit - in whose home was it made?).  And good for body and soul.


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Posted 21 September 2018 - 12:15 PM

XIt, that looks really good. Probably tastes even better with the cheese and preserves.


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Posted 21 September 2018 - 12:31 PM

Looks good indeed. My fig preserves are coming along too.


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Posted 24 September 2018 - 11:55 AM

Thank you!


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Posted 27 September 2018 - 10:01 AM

It was very good, and successful for my first try at a real sourdough culture. I turned the last of it into croutons a couple of days ago. The thing about these artisan breads is, at least the ones I've made so far, is the crust is too damned tough. It's like armadillo hide. Even a really good bread knife makes me queasy when cutting it, lest the blade slip and take off a finger. You almost need a chainsaw ...
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Posted 28 September 2018 - 07:15 AM

It's hard for me to get excited about a bread unless I fear it might cut my lips off


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Posted 29 September 2018 - 08:48 AM

Indeed, although I always make this shape (a boule, the Frogs would say), because it's baked inside a cast iron kettle which is circular, this is the first time I've scored the top before baking (you need a straight razor or the equivalent - something thin and sharp enough to cut with almost no force applied) and the result surprised me a little - the resultant blooming of the top crust made the boules into caltrops - those flakes and peaks you see could cut a lip, no kidding. I agree there's nothing inviting about boring bread. Somehow a slice of white "bread" is just right with a pile of pulled pork and a shot of vinegar, but with little else.
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Posted 01 October 2018 - 07:15 AM

I wait for the first good tomato and then buy a loaf of white bread for a tomato sammich.


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Posted 01 October 2018 - 09:31 AM

A very thin slice of onion can be nice with that. Unfortunately, bugs and rodents ate all my tomatoes this year. They beat me to every one before fully ripe. Hummingbird Moth caterpillars (big nasty green bastards) defoliated my habanero bush as well, but it's coming back strong with fresh new leaves, so I'm almost sorry I killed them. When I was a boy and often alone at home and hungry, what we always had was white bread, and sometimes nothing else. I would search the cabinet for things to put on the bread. Deviled ham (the one with the red devils on the white wrapper) is good with peanut butter. I kid you not. Try it. Good salty/sweet balance. And there was a type of BBQ sauce, unique to this area (can't find it anymore). It had chunks of onion and garlic and stuff in it and was not red in color. Very nice on a slice of white bread. So, I stand corrected. White bread is good. I just read that yeast isn't even used for inflating the dough in commercial white bread - they whip air into it with machines.
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Posted 01 October 2018 - 09:43 AM

My grandfather once took a slice of white bread, rolled it up into a ball, muttered something about raw dough and threw it away. I don't eat it to this day.


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Posted 01 October 2018 - 12:25 PM

I've done that too, but ate it anyway. You can put that ball on a fish hook and catch a fish, too. I don't buy it but I'd be lying if I said I will never eat it. There was a place near Paducah when I lived up there, in an old gas station, that smoked pigs for pulled pork. That's all they sold. They had no published hours, other than an opening time. If you got there after all the pig they had prepared for that day had been sold, it would be locked up, no explanation and no apology. A pile of pig on butcher paper, with exactly one thing to accompany it - a slice of white bread. Any other bread would have been pretentious.
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Posted 01 October 2018 - 12:50 PM

Mmmm, Barbecue.

 

I used doughballs for fishing bait years ago.


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 05:37 PM

Since I was a kid, I can only eat white commercial bread if it's toasted.

 

Everyone said I was a strange kid.


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 05:50 AM

Was?


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 10:11 AM

Bebête contemplating the bats.

 

 

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:57 AM

A seafoam green coffee cup.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:23 PM

I bet Bebête is waiting

for the low flying bat with one wing

by the light switch to turn

into a grounded mouse.


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:25 PM

Sea foam green is good butt betterer

when set off by repurposed old door.


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 07:08 AM

Even better when lit by a tea bro


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 12:49 PM

My daughter does the Halloween stuff. She has some floating tea light candles, but I will have to have her take a photo - her cell phone takes better photos than my ancient digital camera that was top of the line when I bought it.

 

I like the cup. Nice dregs in there, too.

 

Nothing gets a cat all trembly like a flying mouse. One night in our 100-year old house in Illinois, my wife was sleeping under our customary blanket of cats when they all turned into bouncy tiggers, going straight up into the air and coming down, like on a trampoline. She turned on the light and saw a bat fledermausing around the room - the cats had been playing SAM missile to the bat's invading their airspace.


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 03:49 PM

Speaking of dregs, I have been seeing this daily for some time.   Espresso machines cost a lot of money, even the cheap ones.  I'm no expert, but it seems pressure is the key, and for good pressure you need a good pump.  I know a little about pumps - for the price I paid for one to power a Rotovap, I should have been able to drive it for a nice coffee somewhere.  Anyway, this thing puts out some pressure and makes the best coffee I've ever had at home (except for my mom's cafe au lait, but I don't know how much of that is nostalgia).  It foams just like in the picture, at least it does with the pods I use.  My daughter got it for nothing, but they sell for $80 or less, certainly a bargain since you can spend a thousand easily on an espresso machine.  It uses Nespresso type pods, but it sells for well less than those machines as well.  I recommend it.

 

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 07:09 AM

I saw a dead mouse in front of a bee hive today, stung to death while trying to find winter quarters


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:03 AM

I need some bees at my place in Arkansas. A mouse set itself up in there last winter and filled a drawer with acorns, stuffing it stole out of a chair, knitting needles, colored ink markers, and about twelve other different things - anything colorful or shiny. That mouse had to work hard to round up all that stuff ...
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Posted 12 October 2018 - 04:42 AM

sounds like a pack rat


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 11:44 AM

Knot a mouse.

Mebbe a magpie.


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 12:45 PM

No, a rodent.

I only got a glimpse of him as he fled.

He had gnawed his way in through the wall. I blocked the hole with a piece of cedar backed up by a twenty-pound rock, and saw no trace of him after that.

I had a list of the things he had stolen; it made a nice poem all by itself.

 

Splendid Things:

Chinese brocade. A sword with a decorated scabbard. The grain of the wood in a Buddhist statue. Long flowering branches of beautifully colored wisteria entwined about a pine tree.

Sei Shonagon, the Pillow Book - some things she had seen on todays a thousand years ago.


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 01:54 PM

Anyway, the only magpies I've seen in the U.S. were in the high plains - Idaho. None in the South for sure. I do have Phoebes - they build mud nests under the eaves every year. But they don't steal. They devastate flying bugs, though.
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Posted 14 October 2018 - 07:00 AM

Magpies Über Alles,

particularly rodents.


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Posted 14 October 2018 - 03:05 PM

U.S. magpies are spectacular birds.

 

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 02:52 PM

Anyway, the only magpies I've seen in the U.S. were in the high plains - Idaho.

 

 

I was just west of Boise a week or so ago and did a walk around the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge. Saw some there, prior to that I'd only seen them in the UK. My first visit to Idaho, I was expecting Ohio and got Wyoming.



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Posted 16 October 2018 - 06:27 PM

Holy moley, it's Hans


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Posted 16 October 2018 - 11:00 PM

U.S. magpies are spectacular birds.

 

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Yes they are.

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 05:18 AM

He lives!

 

Hans, that is.

 

Idaho is pretty wild west.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 02:27 PM

I almost linked to Heckle and Jeckle - one of my favorite cartoons.

Idaho is pretty wild and very west.

I lived there for a few weeks, and made a foray into Wyoming.

Got to see the Big Tits.  They're so big you have to back off for miles to appreciate them.

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 02:34 PM

This is Idaho.  Abandoned mining town.  Can you say High Plains Drifter?

I would have liked to explore closer, but there was a man down there watching me though a rifle scope ....

 

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 02:35 PM

Go only a little farther North in Idaho and it's like this:

 

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 02:49 PM

That road got scarier until we abandoned the truck and walked, to this place, a frozen lake.  I skipped rocks on it and it made an unearthly sound, with doppler effect echos.  Nobody else was there, except for bears, cougars and wolves.  Didn't see them, but I saw their footprints in the snow.  Many times I heard what seemed to be voices in the wind, but it was like ghost voices, with no discernible content.  Maybe the most surreal place I've ever been.  It's called Meadow Lake.

 

 

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 04:57 AM

That's a spooky looking place, can't imagine settling there


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 09:33 AM

I think the only reason anybody did was for the mining (copper, I believe), but when that ran out, so did the settlers.
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Posted 18 October 2018 - 09:36 AM

The blue effect is because a digital camera has a "white balance" that has to be adjusted when snow is all around like that, and I didn't know how to do it. Still don't. The brain does it automatically. It didn't look blue to the eye ....
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Posted 25 October 2018 - 07:20 AM

I need caffeine.


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 06:36 AM

I like to take my caffeine with arak.


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Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:24 AM

Whatever happened to benzedrine?

Kids today are so soft.


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Posted 28 October 2018 - 08:56 AM

A coupla shotz of Ol' Overcoat worx well with cawfee.


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Posted 28 October 2018 - 11:38 AM

Whatever happened to benzedrine?

Kids today are so soft.

Harry The Hipster put it in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine


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Posted 28 October 2018 - 08:57 PM

True dat.


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 12:27 PM

Brick circles and a painted wall.

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 05:33 PM

tile, for weeks

 

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 05:01 AM

shimmering birch leaves

a landscape like gahd's profile

that dog by my side


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Posted 31 October 2018 - 05:02 AM

No photos allowed!

It's my private little world

perfumed with wood smoke.


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:59 AM

Are you nearly done, Kirk?


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 05:54 PM

Grouted today, start the linen closet tomorrow


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 12:40 PM

A combination gym/pasta bar.

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 03:12 PM

If there's a Pinto or a Gremlin

in the parking lot then it's okay.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:40 AM

Guitar is not dead.

 

Interesting that 50% of new players are female.  They can get it done, too.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn8phH0k5HI

 

She plays, she sings, she know how to work that digital shit in addition to, not instead of ....  And mom peeks out from the kitchen around 2:24 - nice.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 11:40 AM

I came across this comment about what a certain song "means".

 

 

Now I think about it, this song is also possbily about embracing the new machine age, both in music and in life. I would go into more detail, but my sister is bothering me as she needs to use the fone line.

 


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:09 AM

When a company has to explain in great (and interesting) detail why their product is not dead, well.....


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:12 AM

A company resorting to facts, that's likely a sign of desperation.

 

Nothing Fender says suggests that learning to play guitar will make me cool and maybe get me laid. Learning is good for me? Learning? In 20 whatever the fuck this is? Training sure, but learning? Sounds to me like the parrot is fast asleep.


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:13 AM

But dead can be kind of a funny word and sometimes its hard to know what it means.


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 05:43 PM

Learning is dead, with no known descendants


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Posted Today, 07:27 AM

But learning is the definition of life.


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Posted Today, 07:44 AM

We thought consuming was


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Posted Today, 10:58 AM

i'm glad the training worked out. Usually there's an adjustment period,


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Posted Today, 11:45 AM

How is Arak made? – Homemade Style

 

Usually the preparation of Arak is kind
of celebrated with a party, lots of amazing Lebanese food, lots of
drinking and socializing. Below is a bit technical summary of the long
making process, the fun part for later!


The start is by harvesting the vine
grapes, squeezing the juice out and putting the whole in barrels for two
or three weeks to make sure the fermentation process is completed. The
mixture is usually stirred every other day to make sure that the vapors
do not get stuck in the lower parts.

 

Distillation – Three stages or “Mtallat”

Before going into the distillation
process we need to speak about the “Karkeh” (picture below) - This
is the main tool used to distill the alcohol out of the mix. This is a
copper contraption and is usually made by copper smiths in the bazaars
of Tripoli, very much medieval style. It is made of two main parts, the
lower part where the alcohol mix goes in and the top part which is
filled with cold water to cool the vapor and transform it into liquid.

 

Karkeh-1.jpg

 

After the fermentation is complete, the
grapes and their juices are put in the lower part of the karkeh with a
small quantity of coal at the bottom to start the first distillation
process. Once the first distillation is done, the product is alcohol,
this is not Arak, it is just raw alcohol that cannot be drank.


The alcohol than rests in new barrels
waiting for the second and crucial distillation process. This 2nd stage
is when anise is mixed with the drawn alcohol. The quality and quantity
of anise are as important as a good vineyard. The Karkeh is than placed
over a very feeble fire, just enough to cause the alcohol to evaporate
into a steady very weak crystal clear stream. This process is aided by a
steady flow of cold water on the upper part of the still.  The third
distillation process is a repeat of the second process and is done to
raise the alcohol by volume level to its maximum value around 70%. The
final liquid is than collected in a glass jars.

Aniseed-in-Karkeh.jpg

 

Karkeh-Disassembling-300x225.jpg

 

Karkeh-Cooling-300x225.jpg

 

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