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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #60 on: January 09, 2019, 12:13:04 PM »
The only times I've craved a drink so far are when I'm cooking, which is an indication of what a middle of the road middle class twat I am these days.

I've been drinking alcohol free red wine on these occasions. Goes down well with the meal as well. Of the ones I've tried I'd rate Fre (sold in Waitrose around here) the best of the bunch. For some reason the most ubiquitous one is Eisberg, which I don't find much cop. Value for money is Sainsbury's own brand.

Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #61 on: January 09, 2019, 01:41:31 PM »
In my opinion: Unsatisfying flavour and thin, watery at best. Outright ghastly at worst (Kaliber), would rather have soft drinks.

If you must, then I recommend Bernard's amber lager or low alcohol wheatbeers that still have a passing resemblance to beer. The libatory equivalent of screaming into the void.

The last one I had was Cobra Zero, which was also the sum total of The Fucking Point of having it.

all to do with how they're brewed, I think, which is also why the wheat beers and Erdinger work, as they have a higher concentration of mid-ranged oligosaccharrides to fake the mouth feel of a properly brewed beer.

I think an ice cold low alcohol lager may trick the senses long enough as well.

not yet put it to the test but reckon adding something like horlicks might do the trick with the low alcohol ales. .

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #62 on: January 09, 2019, 04:38:45 PM »
I think an ice cold low alcohol lager may trick the senses long enough as well.

Nah, you can always tell (which is just one reason why that bizarrely-popular incest joke needs to move house to a fire).  It's got that annoyingly cloying, weird sweetness to it.

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not yet put it to the test but reckon adding something like horlicks might do the trick with the low alcohol ales. .

I think that would just be more of the same.  The Horlicks-y taste is what you're left with after the booze is gone.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #63 on: January 09, 2019, 04:44:22 PM »
got an email from Hedonism advertising 'Seedlip' 0.1% gin substitute. I'm not a gin & tonic fan but it's £22.90 a bottle if anyone wants to risk trying it

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #64 on: January 09, 2019, 04:47:50 PM »
Listened to a programme on radio 4 about non-alcoholic brewing/distilling and they spoke to the Seedlip person. He sounded like a wank and I cannot fathom spending so much on what is, at heart, a cordial.

Utter madness.

edit: Although he was quite candid about the cost being entirely marketing driven and exorbitant: they price it up so people think it's an experience on par with having a g&t.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #65 on: January 09, 2019, 05:06:59 PM »
Mrs Ferris is pregnant so I spent $100 on both varieties of seedlip. They’re a bit daft, but she has got through the bottles in the 9 months so they’re doing something right.

I had a faux g&t out of interest and it is not a patch on real booze, but you have to pretend it is because she can’t have a real g&t so pointing out that it is shit would be cruel.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #66 on: January 09, 2019, 05:10:08 PM »
Lime & soda 20p

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #67 on: January 09, 2019, 05:30:22 PM »

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #68 on: January 09, 2019, 05:43:21 PM »

has anyone tried water?

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #69 on: January 09, 2019, 06:10:06 PM »
Anyone tried the 0.5% Ghost Ship or the Big Drop Stout?

Is Ghost Ship the Adnams one? One of those came in my beer advent calendar (yes, I know; it was a gift), and I found it quite pleasant to drink. Looked like beer, smelled like beer, nearly tasted like beer, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as a real beer. It would be interesting to do a blind test to see how much pure psychology was at play.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #70 on: January 09, 2019, 06:15:10 PM »
The Ghost Ship effort is news to me, anyone seen it in supermarkets?  Tried the spicy seedlip and it’s nice and all. Just beware that the best-before date means business, the flavour fades quickly.  Best neck it.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #71 on: January 09, 2019, 06:24:03 PM »
Tonic water and ice, dash of either angostura bitters or lime juice is doing it for me.

I'm also finding that I'm buying much less food, and actually using all of what I already have - getting to work on the freezer too. I never like going to the supermarket till with just a bottle of vodka and some mixers, so I guess I subconsciously added more to the basket to make it seem more normal. All pretty ridiculous (not to mention expensive) when you think about it.

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« Reply #72 on: January 09, 2019, 06:32:59 PM »
The Ghost Ship effort is news to me, anyone seen it in supermarkets?  Tried the spicy seedlip and it’s nice and all. Just beware that the best-before date means business, the flavour fades quickly.  Best neck it.

Yes, I've bought it in Tesco a couple of times. Not too bad as they go. They also do an Erdinger which is labeled as a 'refreshing isotonic drink'. Still to try that. As others have mentioned, the Heineken isn't as cloying as most of the others.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #73 on: January 10, 2019, 01:23:36 AM »
Drinking a 0% Erdinger. It’s... not great. Still got 5 left so I’ll plow on.

Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #74 on: January 10, 2019, 09:20:03 AM »
If you knock back pints of alcohol free beer will you get an alcohol free beer gut, same as an alcohol one?

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #75 on: January 10, 2019, 09:21:27 AM »
You might become a non-alcoholic.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #76 on: January 11, 2019, 12:15:05 AM »
Round 2: the 0% Heineken is alright!

If I was served it in a shit pub, I’d think the lines needed cleaning and someone had watered down the keg a bit but other than that I’d be fooled.

Still not as good as actual booze though, obvs.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #77 on: January 11, 2019, 06:55:02 AM »
Heineken is cheating a bit though by making the alcohol version fucking shit anyway

Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #78 on: January 11, 2019, 09:26:40 AM »
Was going to have a dry January, but last night accidentally consumed precisely the amount of said beer shown below:


Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #79 on: January 11, 2019, 09:58:36 AM »
Love that Helles, amazing drop.

I've been enjoying becks blue, seems quite close to the real thing  when ice cold

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #80 on: January 11, 2019, 10:22:29 AM »
Eleven days in. Not had a drop, lost half a stone, signed up for a half marathon in May and am being really productive.

Can't wait until I can fall off the wagon spectacularly.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #81 on: January 11, 2019, 05:51:13 PM »
Conference dinner with free wine last night so yeah it was good while it lasted.

Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #82 on: January 11, 2019, 06:40:40 PM »
On the 0.0 Heineken’s - not bad!

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #83 on: January 12, 2019, 12:20:15 AM »
On the 0.0 Heineken’s - not bad!

It’s alright, like I say if you weren’t aware it was non-alcoholic and weren’t looking for it you’d probably be fooled.

I’m onto the Grolsch 0% stuff tonight - another one that’s not too bad and probably the best so far. It tastes like the Rolling Rock I used to swipe from the fridge and drink in the garden with my friends as a teenager, which is to say it has that authentic chemically taste that warm macro-lagers seem to have, even though it is correctly chilled. My dad is the only person who drinks RR, and I’ve ever understood why.

Anyway, a not-unpleasant trip down memory lane. 7 on 10.

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #84 on: January 12, 2019, 12:23:15 AM »
(I know I said I wouldn’t bother with non-alcoholic beer, but then I got curious and thought “when will I get the chance to experiment with this again?” so I’ve really gone for it. I might do a BJCP rating for each one or something if this keeps going. It’ll be the Budweiser Prohibition and Becks Blue next on the review slate for me.)

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #85 on: January 12, 2019, 08:28:19 AM »
Becks Blue is alright. It has a bit of a chemical taste if you drink too much of it. Is the main goal of these things to not stand out in a social situation?

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Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #86 on: January 12, 2019, 10:11:04 AM »
For me drinking alcohol in company is an essential if everyone else is drinking, too. It's the only way I can tolerate people who have had a few.

Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #87 on: January 12, 2019, 02:20:01 PM »
Becks Blue is alright. It has a bit of a chemical taste if you drink too much of it. Is the main goal of these things to not stand out in a social situation?

I think it definitely has a placebo affect of kidding yourself on that you’re also out having a drink

Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #88 on: January 12, 2019, 02:23:48 PM »
I reckon it'd just remind me I could be drinking a proper drink if I wasn't jumping on a bandwagon.

Re: Dry January [split topic]
« Reply #89 on: January 12, 2019, 02:25:19 PM »
What is it with alcohol? Why can't people just not drink it and spend a shit ton of money on it?