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  • mike@xxxxxxxxx.xx.xx
    Well, our founder and moderator Des started it, so as one of the latest new members it seems fitting that I should follow suit and introduce myself. I live in
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 16, 1999
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      Well, our founder and moderator Des started it, so as one of the
      latest new members it seems fitting that I should follow suit and
      introduce myself. I live in the same town as Des, Auckland
      New Zealand, and can give him a few years as my next birthday
      will be my sixtieth (where did all that time go?). I am an engineer
      (electronics), married and with two grown up children � the daughter
      in London, England, and the son in Los Angeles (last time I heard
      from the blighter!)
      I am an incurable tinkerer and no design or theory is safe with me
      around. Probably goes back to the first watch I ever took apart as
      a kid and couldn�t get back together again. I am interested in cooking,
      cosmology (see http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~tigger ), website
      authoring ( http://www.silverkey.co.nz ) and, of course, distillation.
      Being the sort of person I am, my interest in home distillation is
      rooted mainly in the design and development side � although I have
      been known to enjoy a good gin and tonic. I have been the route
      of beer and wine making, but found that the time between making and
      sampling was tiresome � especially as I am not a good wine maker!
      I�ve found that playing around with fruit liqueurs is much more
      rewarding as it�s difficult to go wrong. I�m also interested in the
      possibilities of producing scents and essences from natural products
      to enhance my efforts in the kitchen. I share Des� complaint that
      there doesn�t seem to be a lot of information around about home
      distilling, but count myself fortunate that I live in an enlightened
      country where it�s legal and we have a chance to break new ground
      without fear of midnight raids by the Excise Man. It�s been noted
      before by others, and I share their views on the absurdity of it all, that
      in most countries of the world you are permitted to produce home
      beers and wines full of fusel oils and other poisons, but you are
      not permitted to remove those poisons by distillation. This encourages
      production of spirits by freezing (legal in most places) that are positively
      dangerous in that they concentrate the poisons as well as the ethyl alcohol.
      You may gather from that little �tirade� that I have a low opinion of politicians
      � or any other group of officials that seem to think with what they sit on.

      Mike Nixon
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