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October 2009

Finally, I've got a minor success in my clear ice experiment to share. So far in an attempt to make perfectly clear ice in my home freezer, I've tried: Distilled vs. Tap Water Melting and refreezing water Hot Water vs. Cold Water Carbonated Water vs. Still Water Horizontal vs. Vertical Container Shapes Noting that water freezes into ice from the outside-in, leaving an air/water bubble that forms the cloudy part of ice, I sought to devise a way to either change the way ice freezes, or to release the trapped air while the ice was freezing. First I tried laying... Read more →

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Today is Ice Day on Alcademics, so stay tuned for more exciting coverage of my ongoing experiments to make clear ice in my home freezer. So far, I've tried: Distilled vs. Tap Water Multiple melting and freezings of water Hot Water vs. Cold Water Carbonated Water vs. Still Water So far I haven't achieved... anything, but I'm gathering information that should help in the future. In recent experiments, I found that ice freezes from the outside in, which is sort of obvious, but it's important because that's where all the air is trapped that makes the majority of cloudiness in... Read more →

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This is another in my ongoing experiments to make clear ice. So far, I've tried comparing: Distilled vs. Tap Water Multiple melting and freezings of water Hot Water vs. Cold Water Someone in the comments mentioned hearing that carbonated water would freeze more clearly than still water. As most of the cloudiness in ice appears to come from trapped oxygen, this didn't make sense to me, but I figured it couldn't hurt to try. I froze equal amounts of still water and carbonated water and this is how they came out: The carbonated water is on the right, and it... Read more →

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Nice Ice in the News

The Associated Press released the following story on ice today, with a quote from your favorite icesperimentator Camper English. The whole story is here. SIP: Bartending trend calls for nice ice, baby By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Erik Adkins spends a lot of time on ice. As general manager of the Heaven's Dog bar in San Francisco he's very particular about what ice goes into his cocktails, preferring hand-carved chunks for slow-sipping drinks and oversized clear cubes for lighter concoctions. And that's just the tip of the ice trend. Driven by the same quest for... Read more →

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I have been doing experiments at home to try to get the clearest ice possible. So far my experiments have compared: Distilled vs. Tap water Multiple melting and freezings of water I have not yet had success. Will the third time be the charm? (*Update - You might want to skip to this index page to see conclusions reached after many experiments.) This time I compared hot water to cold water to see which would freeze more clearly. The theory is that hot/boiled water has less trapped oxygen in it, and thus will freeze clearly because there will be less... Read more →

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I came across two pumpkin cocktail recipes in press releases lately, so I thought I'd share them. ICHABOD CRANE (made with BULLDOG Gin) – Created by John Freemam 3 oz. BULLDOG London Gin 1 oz. Organic pumpkin water* 1 oz. White sugar simple syrup 1 oz. Egg white 1/8 (pinch) tsp. Frontier pumpkin pie spice Directions: Dry Shake. Wet shake. Double strain and serve in a martini glass. * To make your own pumpkin water, use 2 parts boiling water to 1 part Farmer’s Market canned organic pumpkin. Stir vigorously until completely blended with minimal resistance. Pumpkin Steamer 1 oz.... Read more →

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Run screaming to your local newsstand to pick up November's issue of Everyday With Rachael Ray magazine. I have a story in the issue about how to go out drinking with your hometown friends on the night before Thanksgiving without ending up hungover when you've got to cook all the next day. Naturally, the advice works for any long night of barhopping and when you don't have to do diddly squat the next day, and there is even a quick and tasty mocktail recipe included. Read more →

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A few months back I had a very long lunch with Francisco Alcaraz, Paton Tequila's Master Distiller and Blender at the restaurant Kokkari in San Francisco. Alcaraz is not only the current master distiller, he created the recipe for Patron. Alcaraz studied chemical engineering at the University of Guadalajara then went to work as an inspector for an organization that was sort of a precursor to the CRT, the tequila regulatory commission. After that he went to work in a distillery and as a tequila consultant. Alcaraz developed the recipe for Patron at the distillery Siete Leguas (another brand still... Read more →

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