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1) From: alfred
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Sob, sob!
Since I read so many posts about the inability of some to hear the beeps =
on the Hot Top, I thought I might have some interest in my addition of =
an LED to my Hot Top.
It works like a charm and blinks brightly every time the beeper goes =
off. Makes a world of difference when it comes to adding plusses.
I have pictures and a "how to".
Oh well, I'll just drown myself or have another Martini with three =
olives.

2) From: GHHOLT
In a message dated 9/7/2004 6:14:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
2391 writes:
Sob, sob!
Since I read so many posts about the inability of some to hear the beeps on 
the Hot Top, I thought I might have some interest in my addition of an LED to 
my Hot Top.
It works like a charm and blinks brightly every time the beeper goes off. 
Makes a world of difference when it comes to adding plusses.
I have pictures and a "how to".
Oh well, I'll just drown myself or have another Martini with three olives.
I can hear mine in the other room.I'd like to quite it down.
George

3) From: Alexander C.Barton
I, for one, would like to have the info. on your HotTop "beep to light" =
mod.
Thanks,
Connelley
in Rural Nebraska
On Tuesday, September 7, 2004, at 05:13 PM, alfred wrote:
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4) From: alfred
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Good for you George!
Don't know your age but 75% percent of the people over 75 have =
significant high frequency hearing loss.
It keeps the hearing- aid people in business.
Interestingly enough the same percentage of men, over this age, have =
prostate cancer.

5) From: Andy Thomas
Well, I would be interested, but I don't have a Hot
Top and my Poppery doesn't even beep.
Go easy on those olives.
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6) From: prentice
Three olive martini?  NOW you've got my undivided.  Vodka martini I hope?
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7) From: Michael Vanecek
Yeah - yet another reason to drink a lot of coffee - to get sobered back 
up. :)
Grin,
Mike (hic)
prentice wrote:
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8) From: Vince Petrell
Well, the long slide to the dark side begins. 
I have been roasting for a few weeks, have my first order into SM, and have=
 decided that I need to get an espresso maker. My wife wants the latte's an=
d I will probably drink the straight espresso. 
Right now I use a 25 year old Braun burr grinder I bought in high school. A=
fter doing a lot of reading, I realize I need to put money into a decent gr=
inder first, and then think about the espresso maker. I am trying to keep m=
y budget around $300-500, hopefully closer to $300.
A lot of people seem to like the Gaggia Carezza as a good first machine. An=
d I will also need a good grinder. I have looked at a lot of reviews, but n=
othing definitive yet.
In case it matters, I also use the French Press and occasionally drip.
So, if anyone has any suggestions on a combo in this price range, I would a=
ppreciate it. I have a lot of reviews and threads to look over tomorrow.
Thanks,
Vince

9) From: Dennis Parham
Go for the Rancilio Silvia (aka. Ms. Silvia) it will produce espresso 
as good as any machine made....it is a bare bones comemrcial quality 
espresso machine with a vast "cult" following..you will make MANY MNAY 
friends...learn more about espresso ( because Ms Siliva requires it! 
hehe) and hate that you love her so much!!  since it is all commercial 
materials and parts...she can be easily upgraded and modified when or 
IF neccessary!  SM sells them now too!! she is 30lbs of PUREcrema 
LUUUVVVV!!!!
the best machine money can buy IMO and MANY MANY MANY agree!! for under 
500$!
Dennis Parham
On Sep 7, 2004, at 11:12 PM, Vince Petrell wrote:
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10) From: Dennis Parham
OOPS! Iforgot to mention...she (Ms Silvia) requires love and effection 
she loves her solid steel body with stjainless steel armore buffed up 
from time to time and she will MAKE you make ULTIMATE quality 
espresso...she is not a 5 or 10 year throw away.. she is a lean 30lb, 
Mean,fighting machine...oh..and requires a good burr grinder like her 
boyfriend (ROCKY) hehe
Rocky Grinder also sold at SM and made in Italy by Rancilio!!
Dennis Parham
On Sep 7, 2004, at 11:22 PM, Dennis Parham wrote:
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11) From: Jerry Procopio
Real men drink gin. 
JerryP
prentice wrote:
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12) From: John Blumel
On Sep 7, 2004, at 11:24pm, prentice wrote:
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If it's not made with gin, it's not a martini.
John Blumel

13) From: alfred
 Absolutely!
With me it's either Tanqueray or Beefeaters. Here in Oregon, the government
controlled liquor stores,want $49 for a big jug of Tanq.
That's why we, who live in Southern Oregon, have to make a booze run south
several times a year.

14) From: AlChemist John
I have the Gaggia Classic and a Zass 169.  Dead in the middle of your 
300-500 range.  I like the Classic due to the three way valve.
Sometime around 09:12 PM 9/7/2004, Vince Petrell typed:
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

15) From: Jerry Procopio
Alfred,
I was a die hard Tanqueray man until I tasted Bombay Sapphire in a 
martini.  This stuff comes from heaven!  Still, Tanqueray is unbeatable 
in gin & tonic, but next time you head down to the land of "fruits & 
nuts" on your moonshine run, try a bottle of Bombay Sapphire. 
Jerry
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16) From: Ben Treichel
alfred wrote:
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Or you could drown yourself in the martini and accomplish both at the 
same time.
Fyi, I suggest stirred for drowning, shaking gets pretty rough. ;-)

17) From: gin
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True, true and more true...
G

18) From: Edward Spiegel
At 6:03 AM -0700 9/08/04, AlChemist John wrote:
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I had the Gaggia Espresso for years and my brother bought one which he has had for 10 years. They don't have the three way valve but I believe that the boiler and pump are the same as the more expensive Gaggia machines. It was great and I would recommend. I am guessing that the Carezza is the same machine with a different chassis.
Good luck,
Edward

19) From: gin
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The best, Alfred sent me your snail mail and I will send you some Bombay.
ginny

20) From: Rick Farris
Now we're moving into my area of expertise. ;)
I used to switch back and forth between Tangueray and Bombay about once =
a
year (I drink martinis, no vermouth, stirred, with a twist of lemon).  =
About
10 years ago I decided that Bombay (and even more so, Sapphire) was =
*too*
aromatic for me and settled on Tanqueray.  When you drink as much gin as =
I
do, after a while you begin to exude the aromatics if you drink the =
heavily
floral brands.
The only gin I like as well as Tanqueray is a Dutch product called "Van
Gogh".  (Their premium vodka "Vincent" is very good, too.)
But if you prefer Sapphire, I recommend you try Tanqueray Ten.  It has =
much
the same aromatic profile.
I agree with Alfred: If you're in some uncivilized place that doesn't =
have
Tanqueray, or if your regular watering hole (gawd forbid) runs out of
Tanqueray, Beefeaters will do in a pinch.
@John: Agreed.  Although it is popular to put fruit-juice concoctions in
martini glasses and pretend to be an adult, if it doesn't have gin and
(maybe) vermouth it's not a martini.  I might accept vodka into the =
club.  
There is a major difference between vodka martini and gin martini =
drinkers.
A vodka martini drinker doesn’t like the taste of booze and hence has =
his
martinis shaken so that it is icy cold and quite diluted.
Gin martini drinkers, on the other hand, like the taste of booze, and =
thusly
prefer stirred martinis, avoiding the bruising (dilution) that takes =
away
the taste of the booze.
-- Rick
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21) From: Ben Treichel
gin wrote:
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Is it better than normal Gin (not you, Like Dylan; your a long way from 
Normal). Never did like Gin (not you, the spirit stuff -- Of course not 
to say that you don't have spirit, or a spirit). Never liked scotch 
until a couple of natives showed me the 'good' stuff while on a pub 
crawl in england. So I wonder about Gin (both Gins in this case).

22) From: Rick Farris
Gin isn't really about the taste, although a good gin'n'tonic or even
better, gin'n'bitter-lemon can be very refreshing.
Gin martinis are about the skin tightening up behind your ears just as =
you
take the first sip of your second martini.
-- Rick
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9/8/2004 12:30:00 PM
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23) From: John Blumel
On Sep 8, 2004, at 3:32pm, Rick Farris wrote:
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Of course, you know what they say about Martinis: "One Martini is not 
enough. Two Martinis is too much. Three Martinis is not enough."
John Blumel

24) From: Ben Treichel
Rick Farris wrote:
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Why not just drink moonshine or everclear then?

25) From: Rick Farris
It's far more complicated than that.  I used to keep my Tanqueray and
martini glasses in the freezer and simply pour the frozen Tanq into the
frozen glass and have at it.  But the perfect martini needs the perfect
amount of dilution - accomplished by stirring with ice.
When I said it wasn't about the taste, I didn't mean to imply that you =
could
just put whisky in a glass and get the same effect.  I meant that a =
martini
will probably never have a taste that many people would categorize as
"good."  They do have a taste, though, and a good martini has a specific
taste.  That taste is different, of course, for different people.  I am =
well
known for being able to tell whether the bartender remembered to stir my
martini (22 stirs in 15 seconds) or gave it a shake.
The perfect martini will entice you to drink at a rate that the
above-mentioned skin tightening happens just as you begin your second
cocktail.  That is way different from saying "they don't taste good, =
they
just get you drunk."
As to grain alcohol, or moonshine, there is something about them that, =
even
diluted, seems to suck all the moisture out of your body, leading to
skull-splitting headaches.
-- Rick
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26) From: Rick Farris
A man has got to know his limits.  For some that's a harder lesson than =
for
others.  Some never learn.  Some turn into quitters.
--Rick
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27) From: Rick Farris
(Jeezus, I'm replying to myself now...)
I wrote:
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I sure didn't mean to imply that there is anything wrong with drinking
whisk(e)y out of a glass.  Especially not a good single-barrel bourbon.  =
But
it's definitely not the same experience.
-- Rick
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28) From: John Blumel
On Sep 8, 2004, at 4:08pm, Rick Farris wrote:
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In my experience, it sure beats drinking it out of the bottle.
John Blumel

29) From: Rick Farris
Agreed.  Although if I didn't have a glass, I sure wouldn't sit there
staring at the bottle.
-- Rick
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30) From: gin
Benny, Benny, Benny:
BOTH GIN'S ARE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC...
But you already know that!
gin

31) From: Dennis Parham
Im a Single Malt Scotch guy myself..lol
spare no expence ;)
Dennis Parham
On Sep 8, 2004, at 3:51 PM, gin wrote:
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32) From: alfred
"Shaken, not stirred please"
Or should we call you 006?

33) From: Ben Treichel
gin wrote:
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That is hard to argue!
Ben

34) From: Bob
Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
"I wish I could drink like a lady
I can take one or two at the most
Three and I'm under the table
Four and I'm under the host "
Dorothy Parker

35) From: Rick Farris
James Bond drank vodka martinis, which *should* be shaken.
-- Rick
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36) From: gin
Whatever you want Dennis, let me know and send me your addy.
Ginny
Gotta get all these gifts out before they slap my sorry old butt in jail...

37) From: John Blumel
On Sep 8, 2004, at 5:10pm, alfred wrote:
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"Martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules 
lie sensuously one on top of the other." -- W. Somerset Maugham
John Blumel

38) From: alfred
Yup!
In my opinion, like espresso, gin martinis are an acquired taste
Hand one to a young guy or gal today for the first time and you will
probably get a grimace.
If you come from a proper family in Baltimore, you got your first taste at
about 16.
Yuck!
But then when you realized that in these same families, there was always a
pitcher of them at cocktail hour every day of every week.
They suddenly began to taste better.
They were always up, never on the rocks. As I remember, a martini on the
rocks was a unheard of.
Now I feel, like a great shot of espresso, a great martini is a work of
art."Up of course! and shaken not stirred"

39) From: gin
Darn you, I was just going to post that
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I can take one or two at the most
Three and I'm under the table
Four and I'm under the host "
Dorothy Parker<<<
Ginny

40) From: Bob
Well, I'm no lady, so take it away!
Bob [not much of a gentleman either I guess!]

41) From: gin
Bob: 
What a guy, always ready for some fun.
g

42) From: Dennis Parham
Choc Beer...anyone hear of it?
Dennis Parham
On Sep 8, 2004, at 4:28 PM, alfred wrote:
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43) From: Peter Barnes
I had a girlfriend who received the nickname "Professional Drinker" 
while studying in the UK - which is saying something over there. But I 
think Rick just put her to shame...
You go Rick.
Rick Farris wrote:
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