Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016


I wish all my readers, their families and friends a Happy New Year 2016! May it be healthy and prosperous!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015 in pictures


It's time to sum up another year with some nice pictures... many good memories are connected to those. As always it's really hard to reduce all the pix of one month down to one... a click on the picture'll bring you to the corresponding report...

  • January
 January 2015
The answer is 42

  • February
 February 2015
Green lights in the sky

  • March
 March 2015
Whisky and... ribeye steak

  • April
 April 2015
Tour de Belgium, Part 1 of 3

  • May
 May 2015
Glenfarclas Whisky Dinner

  • June
 June 2015
Waldhaus Reloaded

  • July
 July 2015
The Three Amigos

  • August
 August 2015
Swiss craft beer and cigars

  • September
 September 2015
Tubos of the Titans

  • October
 October 2015
Habanos Verde

  • November
 November 2015
The long Longrow row

  • December
 Dezember 2015
Single Malt infused Brats

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Xmas 2015


I wish all my readers, their families and friends a Merry Christmas 2015!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Single Malt infused Bratwurst


As I like Single Malt and also good food I found a possibility to combine those two things: whisky infused brats!

After my first test run a while ago, I made another try now with two different whiskys: Bowmore 12yo on one hand, Laphroaig Quarter Cask on the other hand. Those are two standards which you can get at a reasonable price and you don't regret to use them for cooking.

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Bowmore 12yo. infusion

Laphroaig Quarter Cask infusion

After injecting them with the whisky I let them sit over night in the fridge that the liquid can settle down and distribute within the sausage. After taking them out of the fridge I fired up my Monolith, stabilized it at a temperature between 90 and 100 °C (194 - 212 F) and put some beech wood on the charcoal for the smoke. I didn't measure any core temperature but after approx. 2 hours of smoking they'd a very attractive color, so I removed them from the smoke and put them on a cooling rack.




Of course I couldn't resist to try them and cut one of each before I put the rest in some vaccum bags for storage. Surprisingly the difference between the Bowmore and Laphroaig brats was not as significant as expected even though the whisky gave a certain twist to it. It was easy to find it out because I put two more of those brats in the smoke which had no whisky infusion.

In the meantime some friends had the chance to try them also and until now everybody was happy with the taste. I'm sure that I will make them more often as they're a nice snack.




Monday, December 07, 2015

12/05 - Liquid Santa


It's one day before Santa Claus and in the meantime the Pilgrim brewery released their third seasonal beer, called Winterbier. It's a mild hopped, golden colored beer with some additional flavors coming from herbs and spices which are typical for the Xmas season. As the times before they celebrate the introduction of this new release with a little event where they pour out this beer free of charge... I wasn't able to join that kinda event before but this time all matched.



The way to Fischingen was partly very foggy but just when we arrived there, the sun broke through the clouds and lifted the fog... and it was really pleasant outside... remembering pictures of the past two events I guess that less people came this time. Anyhow, we'd a good time, enjoyed the excellent beer which has definitely some interesting spicy aromas which remind me a lot of gingerbread paired with some fruity flavors, mangolike... delicious. It matches perfectly to the season and went well with the Quai d'Orsay Corona and the Vegas Robaina Familiares that I smoked during my stay....

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