December 9, 2018 at 2:36 pm #4877
We postponed November to December. Here’s a recap of the November thread and a place to reply with your December recipes/notes:
Have you been appropriately spooked? Did you look into the face of fear and casually saunter past? Great. That’s the point. Thank you for your October participation.
Mixing isn’t hard. Any idiot can do it. Doing it well? That’s also not particularly hard, despite any protestations you may hear. If you have time, are willing to experiment, and can actually implement that accumulated knowledge then you can mix well. You pick a profile. You do some research. You buy some stuff. You fail forward for a while… and then magic. Mixing is a craft. Mixing is a set of tools you learn to use for desired effect.
But going deeper… what happens when you start to push up against the limits of inspiration? There are only so many ways to say that you’re going to be making another lemon meringue pie. What’s the point? That’s where the art starts to come into the picture. Art is more than the sum of its parts. Any idiot can put paint on a canvas. An artist connects with the observer. An artist conveys something.
The junction between craft and art interests me. You have an object (and I feel like the production of a thing is a defining characteristic of a craft) but how do you make an audience ascribe a deeper meaning to that object? I feel like you have to lean on the idea of connection. You need to give somebody a narrative and a clear idea about how the object in front of them relates to that narrative.
This is trickier than a profile. This is about giving the consumer an experience rather than a product.
It can be about relating something personal through a sense memory (see Longing by the mighty ID10-T.) It can be about empathy and putting yourself in the shoes of someone else (see The Colada Affair by some jerk.) Ultimately, it’s about communicating with someone and giving the craft of mixing a toehold in the dark, sticky parts of the brain.
November’s theme is narrative.
Tell your fellow mixers a story.
As always, the themes are optional. We’ll honor your emotional detachment, you sphinx you.
Submissions are due to our state-of-the-art Texas distribution center by the 15th of December. You probably want to get them in the mail by the 10th.
December 10, 2018 at 6:55 pm #4878
FW Waffle 2.5%
CAP Vanilla Cupcake 1.25%
PUR Cookie 1%
FLV Cupcake Batter 0.75%
FA Butterscotch 0.75%
FA Maple Syrup 0.5%
FA Joy 0.5%
CAP Lemon Meringue Pie 0.5%
“I don’t remember much from childhood. I think I simply killed off many of those brain cells in my delinquent adolescence, but I do have one fond memory that I doubt I’ll ever forget.
I remember I was maybe 3 or 4, in pre-school, and my dad had been working odd hours all week so we had barely seen each other at home. This particular day, he didn’t have to go in. My mom typically took me to school, but this time my dad offered — except when we make it to the school, he simply keeps driving his 70s Ford Explorer straight past the drop off area. Confused, I ask him where we’re going and he smiles while answering “we’re playing hookie!” I’d never heard the term, so that didn’t help relieve my confusion at all, but it sounded fun so I went with it.
We went and got some cheap McDonalds pancakes, played some minigolf, and saw a movie for the day.
With the story of quality time spent doing goofy shit with a loving father as inspiration, I’m submitting this as my entry to December’s mixers club. The theme is telling a story, and this just felt like the right thing to share. This is a simple, fast food pancake & maple syrup. How about some recipe notes?
FW Waffle + CAP VCC + PUR Cookie + FLV Cupcake batter: This is the pancake. FW waffle does a pretty good job as the foundation here, but to myself and most others it’s just not cakey enough. That’s where Van Cupcake comes in, except VCC is pretty hefty on the palette and has a strong icing kinda vibe to me for some reason. So I kept it low and helped mellow out some of it’s heavy vanilla and icing notes with FLV cupcake batter. Add some soft crumble with PUR Cookie, chose this over FA cookie as it’s a bit softer of a cookie IMO. This was sort of just a big balancing act between the 4 which all introduced notes I wanted but wasn’t fully committed to. I actually think the blend came out close to what I had intended.
FA Butterscotch + FA Maple Syrup: These sort of team up with the nice maple notes in FW Waffle to provide a great gooey, buttery syrup without being overpoweringly MAPLE.
FA Joy + CAP LMP: Bit of a twist. My dad nowadays likes to cook his pancakes with a bit of lemon juice in the batter for some sweet zing and almost fries them so they have a really nice crispy ring around the edges. So I tried to include those notes in this, still unsure if they’re coming through but I feel like I taste some fried stuff and soft lemon in the background somewhere occasionally.”
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December 13, 2018 at 8:26 pm #4881
Hi, my name is isuamadog, and I’m an alcoholic. And I love gin. I love gin because it lets me fight. Or think I can fight. Or take a beating when I fight. Yet, I’ve never actually fought while hopped up on gin. It was the whiskey that did me in. But I have this memory of the taste of gin. I was invited to a party with the theater crowd in college and I figured I would go. Because, theater chicks. Not because they’re so great; they’re head cases. But I figured it was an untapped pool of women who didn’t know me, so my chances were higher than average. And off I went. Cool theater people don’t have kegs apparently, they have booze. So I thrust some limes in a glass and squeezed the bloody piss out of some lime wedges. By night’s end, it was me and some really drunk guy and the Last Woman Standing. I was nursing my drink trying to balance being wasted with actually staying awake in case I can manage to convince LWS to make out with me. The drink was a healthy dose of gin with lots of citrus rind and maybe a bit watered down from the melted ice but no more tonic in sight. I remember sipping on that drink with Tom Waits on the sound waves and thinking, “I need to get the eff up outta here.” Me and that drink had a lovely ten minute serenade until I cut my losses and bounced. Not the world’s most powerful story but strangely seared into my memory.
In honor of the high class theater chicks, I tried for a berry infused gin drink with a little mashed up twist.
Last Woman Standing
FA Gin 3%
FLV Black Currant 1%
CAP Harvest Berry 3%
CAP Sweet Guava 2%
INW Lemon Mix 0.25%
FA Lime Tahity Cold Pressed 0.5%
TFA Dragon fruit 0.25%
FA Polar Blast 0.5%
FA Gin should be flavor forward here. I tried a few effervescents to get a more gin and tonic feel but I think I didn’t have what was needed to make that happen, so this is more of a flatter iced gin. The Blackcurrant mixed with gin gives me this strange slight grapefruity taste I haven’t been able to keep after mixing in other flavors so I tried to bump it a little with the Guava. Harvest Berry at 3% isn’t enough to stand out, but to give it that hint of flavor without really competing. A hint of dragonfruit because it was too dry. I wanted the Gin to sit in the glass with a lime wedge that had been sitting in the drink for the entirety of the night. A little ice to slowly water the drink down a bit and make it palatable. It’s what I imagine sloe gin to taste like, another thing I’ll hopefully never taste.
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December 18, 2018 at 11:54 am #4883
Watermelon Walking Dead
7.5% Heartland Vapes Vixen
4.75% DOD Water Malone
2.5% TFA Sweetener
1.75% CAP Jelly Candy
1% LA Watermelon
70/30 PG/VG No Nic
This is a story about overcoming an irrational fear. So there are about 7 vape shops within 20 miles of me but one of them does more business than all of the other ones combined. And a huge chunk of that business is this juice they mix up right there behind the counter. About half the vapers I know locally only vape this juice. The flavor profile is Cinnamon Watermelon. I’ve been asked to clone many times. I’ve refused. I’ve refused to taste it. I don’t know how to explain it, but I had this terrible certainty that somehow, that cinnamon watermelon juice was going to be involved in starting the zombie apocalypse, and I wanted no part of that. The profile sounded disgusting and the people who are hooked on it all say the same thing, “Just try it, you’ll never want any other juice again.” It’s creepy AF, the way they all say that. I felt like they were probably vaping some dormant zombie virus from space and all it needed was the right trigger to become un-dormant and then we can all kiss civilization goodbye. I understood how batshit all of this sounds. Like paranoid delusions. But I was still not vaping that.
I had a feeling the main ingredient was Heartland Vapes’ “Vixen” Concentrate. It’s cinnamon and watermelon, and I know they get all of their supplies from Heartland. I still don’t know what they add to it, apparently crack cocaine. Or maybe they don’t add anything to it? I wondered whether their secret recipe was just something stupid like 20% HV Vixen. Which would make Vixen the source of the virus. There could be vape shops in little towns all over the country making money hand over fist slinging zombie cinnamon juice.
But when we had a prompt a couple months back about facing our fears, I knew I had to order that stuff and try it.
I did, and I immediately recognized it. HV Vixen is just TFA Watermelon mixed with TFA Cinnamon Red Hot (no PG). I’m not sure the ratio but probably like 90/10. It’s not the zombie apocalypse. I felt embarrassed, that my monster under the bed was just dust bunnies. As for half the town being hooked on it, half the town is also hooked on meth and I’m guessing there’s some overlap. They probably add a fair amount of sweetener to it and that’s about it. Maltol (not Ethyl Maltol) really helps with the harshness of that Cinnamon so if I were going to make something like that to shake up quick behind the counter and I’ve been selling it to people since the Vision Spinner days, I’d probably just do something like 10% Vixen and 5% TFA Sweetener.
Even though I still have not tried that shop juice, I decided to run with the assumption that I’ve figured it out and skip right to making an improve version of it, based on my Mango Tango recipe from the DOD Comp. I toned down the Vixen to 7.5% – more than enough of that powerful cinnamon, less of the hairspray from the watermelon. To push that watermelon flavor forward, I added some Water Malone, and to move away from the natural melon a bit, just a touch of LA Watermelon to candy-fy it. But I wanted it to be like some kind of imaginary cinnamon-watermelon jelly bean, so there’s a touch of Jelly Candy as well. Don’t be afraid.
December 19, 2018 at 2:27 am #4889
FLV Cured Tobacco 1%
FLV Red Burley 0.75%
FLV Connecticut Shade 0.25%
FLV Milk Chocolate 0.75%
FLV Red Raspberry 0.5%
Menu Description: A trio of tobacco leaves combined with milk chocolate and raspberries, sure to warm you up during the holidays
I was super pumped to get these flavors in, and they do not disappoint. Chocolate and strawberry is a great combination. Recently I tried chocolate and raspberry, and had to make a juice with those flavors. The tart and sweet berry mixed with the sweet and fatty cocoa is very sensual. 😉
I first tried Connecticut Shade with Cured. It was a nice leafy taste with some softer side-notes, yet it needed some more oomph. I included Red Burley because of its popularity in being a tasty tobacco that sounds easy to work with. I wanted some depth to the tobaccos without them being too complex, so that the raspberry/chocolate could shine. You’ll have to come up with your own opinions on the tobaccos, I stink at describing them. I’d call them “Leafy.”
The Red Raspberry has the moderately tart and true raspberry taste I was looking for. It’s a little cooked tasting, similar to a jam or syrup, but not too sweet. I think it has a warmth to it that will play well with tobacco and chocolate. FLV Milk Chocolate surprised me at how pleasant it is. Dark chocolate might be better, but I don’t know of one- sounds like a difficult flavor to pull off. Milk Chocolate to me seems to be a simple chocolate taste done well. Not too dry or strong, sort of like a chocolate sauce. My first experiment I accidentally put way more than 0.75%, yet it was nice. I didn’t want to get crazy, so I tried to keep the chocolate level professional. This is very serious business.
With the reddish vibe and flavor of raspberry, I thought of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I always forget to make a recipe name until I go to ship, so this will have to stay lol. I still can’t think of a great story to write, I just wanted to make a recipe to fit the holidays. Rudolph was outcasted for his luminescent nose, until Santa asked him to use said nose to lead through the foggy sky. Rudolph then became the hero and talk of the town. Let’s all take a moment to thank Rudolph for his sacrifices.
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