August 23, 2018 at 7:22 pm #4807DefinitelyNotConcreteParticipant
The softer edges of the season are in sight.
We’ve been blanketed by wildfire smoke for the last month. I’m assuming most of the tinder is now exhausted and the forests have been thinned or just reduced to ash.
We’ve enlisted all the national guard and prisoner labor we could. We’ve vomited flame retardants from planes in an attempt to save the exurban bedroom communities built to provide a refuge for the upper middle class from the economic violence they’ve wrought on the cities where they make their money.
There’s something amazing about the entire situation. I mean, it’s a pretty good visual representation of the devastation we’ve visited on the west in the last 150 years. America spread west like a virus, carried by the lymphatic system of waterways and mountain passes. Hearty souls seeking ownership of their own destiny (ignoring the whole already inhabited thing, natch.)
They dug in like ticks, gorging on the abundant natural resources. They established towns, and these town necessitated the abrogation of the natural cycle of fire and renewal that dictated the rhythms of forests. Fast forward through a century of dumping greenhouse gases into the air and (probably) irrevocably altering the climate. It’s warmer now, and we’ve defunded a surprising amount of the public services that would have monitored, warned of, and ultimately controlled this situation. So it burns.
It’s the confluence of arrogance, mismanagement, avarice, and just plain stupidity. And it’s defined the end of my summer.
This was supposed to be a writing prompt about going to back to school. Because mixer’s club needs a theme for September.
This world needs more education, and the conviction to use it.
You want to revel in your own ignorance and submit uhhh…. something that doesn’t involve going back to school? That’s probably a safe bet. The themes, as always, are optional.
Submissions are due to our state-of-the-art Texas distribution center by the 15th of September. Be safe, send them on the 10th.
August 28, 2018 at 5:52 pm #4819Ebc88Participant
Banjo Music (DEMO)
(VTA) Barrel Oak @ 4%
(FA) Black Fire @0.25%
(FLV) Cream @ 1%
(FLV) Kentucky Blend @ 1.5%
(FLV) Red Burley @ 1.5%
(FLV) Tatanka @ 0.5%
(FW) Whiskey @ 1%
Flavor Menu; Whiskey Barrel Infused Baccer
VTA Barrel Oak: Is fairly light in flavor but it has a really nice slightly charred whiskey barrel flavor.
FA Black Fire: Used it to help boost the smoky charred flavor in the VTA
FW Whiskey: Used it to boost the whiskey/bourbon in the VTA
FLV Cream: Is used as a binder and to help smooth everything over.
My tobacco blend: Red Burley adds to the wood notes in both Black Fire & Barrel Oak. Kentucky Blend pairs really well with Red Burley. The Tatanka I used it for a every so slight sticky chewing tobacco type note.
Hope you all enjoy. One the first things I thought for this month theme was Candy or a Boozy Tobacco. I suck at mixing candies & I’m fairly decent at making tobaccos. So I went with the Boozy tobacco. Plus the teachers really need the boozes & tobacco to put up with those lovely children.
September 10, 2018 at 12:01 am #4822AlfredPuddingParticipant
(INW Pitaya) – 1%
(VT) Fizzy Sherbet – 1.25%
(FW) Green Goblin – 7%
(INW) Pink Panther – 0.5%
(OTHR) WS-23 – 0.75%
(FLV) Yakima Hops – 1.5%
Flavor Menu: A hop infused rhubarb and dragon fruit energy drink.
Notes: This recipe was created for a combination of energy drinks and beer, to really capture the quintessence of the theme. I decided to incorporate Pink Panther and Green Goblin because they are both characters that existed in my childhood. The dragon fruit is used to amalgamate the strange “Monster” flavor with the rhubarb and red currant thing going on in Pink Panther.
September 16, 2018 at 11:11 am #4831ID10-TKeymaster
14% TFA Sweet Tea
1% FLV Lemon Tea
1% INW Shisha Lemon
1% VT Bourbon
1% TFA Kentucky Bourbon
0.5% FLV Kentucky Bourbon
0.4% FA Polar Blast
0.4% CAP Super Sweet
Menu description: Arnold Palmer spiked with Bourbon.
This is not really my recipe. It was supposed to be a collaboration with me, AlfredPudding, and Isuamadog. But you know how there’s often that one guy on a group project who does all the work? Yeah, that was not me. This is really Alfred Pudding’s recipe. It’s also my first time trying this exact version, the last one I tried had no Polar Blast and 0.1% more Super Sweet. So we’re trying this together. But I’ll attempt to break it down for you.
FLV Lemon Tea is the heart of this thing, the star of the show. “What? But it’s only at 1% and TFA Sweet Tea is at a whopping 14%?!”
Yes. Usually using one flavor to bend another involves adding a small amount of something to pull another flavor in one direction or another or turn it into something it isn’t. But in this case, the relatively strong Lemon Tea is getting pulled by the stupidly weak Sweet Tea. Thinks taste different when they’re heated and Lemon Tea tastes like hot tea with lemon and no sugar. TFA makes it more of a half-sweet tea with lemon, that tastes more like iced tea. TFA Sweet Tea wouldn’t work for this by itself because it doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to these other flavors, but Lemon Tea does, it just needed to get bent. We don’t just want tea with a lemon wedge, though, we want lemonade. Shisha Lemon and CAP Super Sweet does that. It tastes like lemonade made from a powder mix, but with few lemon slices added for that fresher flavor thanks to Lemon Tea’s more natural lemon flavor. The triple bourbon flavors were used because they each have their own strengths. VT Bourbon gives us that boozy top note that lets you know right away this is a cocktail. Think about it; if you raise a Back Nine, Dirty Palmer, or whatever you want to call it, to your face, the first thing you’re going to notice is that there’s bourbon in there, along with the lemon if real lemons were involved at all. VT does that. But this drink is shaken or stirred and the Bourbon isn’t just sitting on top. There’s a deeper, sweeter flavor mingled with the lemonade, one where you can almost taste the corn used to make the sour mash that eventually became Bourbon. That’s where the TFA Kentucky Bourbon comes in. Finally, there’s the flavor of the charred oak barrel in which the Bourbon was aged mingled with the more bitter, earthy aspects of tea. Only FLV Bourbon is capable of that delivering that.
FA Polar Blast was a final addition meant to make this refreshment extra refreshing and make the “cold things should be cold” crowd happy. It was chosen over WS-23 because it’s a more of a back-end cooling that shouldn’t get weird with the VT Bourbon’s warm booze top note the way WS-23 is likely to do. It had to be used relatively lightly to also avoid interfering too much with the tea at the end, but it should be present enough to be reminiscent of an ice cup sliding over and touching your lip just before lowering the glass after taking a drink.
September 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm #4835GrorcoParticipant
The stereotypical Jock(AKA the Kool prick)
FLV Mango – 1.5%
INW Cactus – 1.0%
LA Lemonade – 1.25%
HS Pineapple – 1.5%
TFA Koolada – 1.25%
Menu Description: Prickly cactus and pineapple, sweetened with mango and then chilled
So I still have some work to do on this, it’s my first mix using koolada as part of the profile vs just adding a little to something I already liked but wanted to chill and that hasn’t been very successful for me either. I started off with the mango on this at 2.5% and I felt like it was just too sweet especially with the lemonade. I really want to get to the point where the knives of the cactus slice your tounge, just to have lemon poured on, while the pineapple starts digesting the inside of your mouth. A touch painful, but then we put ice on it to sooth afterwards 🙂 I think I want to keep bumping the cactus up a little bit at a time, but let me know what you think.
September 18, 2018 at 7:23 am #4837isuamadogParticipant
Back to school… Apple… teacher… smoke. Idk here it is:
3% (INW) Am4a
0.3% (FA) Black Fire
1.75% (INW) Bahraini Apple Gold
1% (INW) Cavendish Type
0.75% (INW) Dirty Neutral Base
1% of a 10% dilution(FLV) Wood Spice
One drop per 30ml of each FLV Cool Menthol & FW Extreme Ice
Bahraini Apple Gold – to me, an incredibly authentic shisheh taste that brought me instantly back like the critic in Ratatouille to my first shisheh, double apple. (Warning: the room note is horrible, to me anyways.) I wanted to make a smoky ashy replication using this. Unfortunately it isn’t the world’s most pleasant tobacco. It has some off notes and so I kept it here at 1.75 as the highest I was willing to go.
INW Am4a/Cavendish – these two make more of the body of the tobacco. Am4a is slightly syrupy and complex and blends in nicely. I love it at 3:1 with Cavendish as Cavendish to me has a slightly sweet honey like taste to it. Both together fill out the body of the sweet molasses-y type shisheh I remember.
BF/DNB – I tried BF as high as 0.5 and liked all of them. I guess I felt it sat down better at lower percentage and this was a good ratio for me.
Wood Spice – This here is added to soften up some of the funkier parts of Bahraini Apple gold. It adds an underlying wood spice that masks some of the Bahraini and adds to the smoky charm. It settles down a bit after the steep but I first used it undiluted and it can be… um, not cool at one too many drop.
CM/EI – the last bit to round out the vape. Just one drop of each per 30ml. They add a slight hint of coolant and a wisp of mint on the exhale. It kind of played well with the funkier notes without drowning them out exactly and I sort of enjoyed that. Another version I made of this was with MTS Wizard which was interesting since it blended all the flavors together almost instantly and brought the apple out from the background. I like that too, but said, enough is enough, how many additives can you use to make a funky flavor fit? But also, it changed the apple gold from a shisheh taste to more of an apple flavored tobacco taste. Good, but subtle difference.
I just hope you enjoy. Look forward to the feedback.
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