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Do you refrigerate your alcohol?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by gamelan, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. gamelan

    gamelan Senior member

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    I moved recently to a home that gets really warm during the daytime. We're talking inside temps in the mid 80s in the summertime. There is no central A/C and I wouldn't be turing it on anyway while I'm at work. So I worry about my alcohol and the effects of heat on it.

    I'm curious if there are any recommendations on refrigerating alcohol. This is what I'm doing now:

    Beer - Yes, but only until I'm ready to drink it. Otherwise it stays outside.
    Wine - No. But I try to store it away in kitchen cabinets that might be a few degrees cooler. Also, I don't have a bottle of wine that costs more than $25 so I'm not super concerned here.
    Spirits - Right now, the only thing in the fridge in this category is a Macallan 17 year. Oh, and a bottle of 10 dollar rum for some reason. But the whiskey, bourbon, gin, etc. is all outside.
    Liquers - Pretty much everything in the fridge and for me this includes Campari, Chartreuse, and Luxardo
    Bitters - everything in the fridge. Angostura, Peychaud, orange bitters

    Thoughts?

    -Jeff
     
  2. divitius

    divitius Well-Known Member

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    I keep rum and gin in the fridge during summer, but never whisky. Esp. Macallan 17? Seems wrong! I also keep cocktail glasses in the freezer so they're perpetually chilled.
     
  3. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    I don't keep anything with more than 20% alcohol in the fridge. Why, I don't know. I do know that having cold spirits, etc, will affect the dilution ratio of a cocktail, and the water in them is important.

    But wine, Pineau, vermouths, etc, all are either in the fridge or a wine captain. Bottles of open mixers don't last that long, generally, but wines may sit for years, so I'd rather they have a controlled atmosphere, if not for the loss of value, but the loss of taste and anticipation.

    ~ H
     
  4. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Ales, no. Lagers, yes. We Brits our best bitter at room temperature.
     
  5. willpower

    willpower Senior member

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    Vodka in the freezer - always
     
  6. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    Vodka in the freezer here, too. Unfortunately, my latest Moskosvskaya freezed. Despite 40%. Stoli doesn't freeze... Right now; I use Finlandia. Let's see whether it freezes..

    @Huntsman: You might be right. On the one hand the cocktail is faster/already cold, on the other hand not enough ice melted..
     
  7. madaboutshirt

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    I don't have a cellar so I store my wines in a wine cabinet/fridge which is set to a constant temperature of 14 degrees celsius.
     
  8. james_timothy

    james_timothy Senior member

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    In the summer, I mostly want to drink my wine cold- so the whites and the roses,
    even some reds, go into the fridge.
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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    +1
     
  10. randallr

    randallr Senior member

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    It's best to leave craft brewed ales in the fridge as long as possible. This allows them to become more clear. If you only chill them right before you drink them they will exhibit "chill haze". This is only for appearance purposes, but for me that's more than enough of a reason.
     
  11. Krish the Fish

    Krish the Fish Senior member

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    I refrigerate all my beer, but keep all of my liquor at room temperature. My vermouth, triple sec, grenadine (aka my mixers) and garnishes are in the fridge as well. I haven't really delved into wine yet so I can't speak to that.
     
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  12. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan Senior member

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    All my beer in the fridge. My freezer has some patron, some vodka, and some Red Stag. A bunch of liquor on a shelf.
     
  13. changy

    changy Senior member

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    Fridge/Freezer: Beer, vermouth, grenadine, Vodka, Martini Glass
    Cabinet: Gin, whiskey, rum etc and Bitters
     
  14. foodguy

    foodguy Senior member

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    freezer: vodka, eaux de vie. fridge: beer. wine vault (roughly 65 degrees): most wines, except for immediate drinkers. room temp: other spirits.
    as for serving temps ... i think most people usually serve white wines too cold and red wines too warm. unless a white is fabulously over-the-top fragrant, i'll bring it out of the fridge an hour before serving. at the same time, most reds (unless it's something delicate from age), get an hour-or-so chill before serving. this is especially important with very fruity wines like beaujolais. remember that cold tempers flavors and aromas while heat exaggerates them--particularly alcoholic notes.
     
  15. dtmt

    dtmt Senior member

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    I keep grappa in the fridge, but for other types of liquor, isn't that what ice is for?
     
  16. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    I've often heard the rule that you should take a white out 15 minutes prior to serving and put a red in for 15 minutes. Interesting that you go so far as an hour.

    Vermouth stays in the fridge for me, since it can spoil, as do syrups and juices. Wine as appropriate, and a representative sampling of beer is kept stocked in the fridge.

    I don't keep liquor in the fridge or freezer. I don't take pains to make cocktails as icy as humanely possible either. As foodguy mentioned, cold mutes flavors. It's something you might want to do if you're a sorority girl or frat guy who just wants to get drunk without tasting it, but for people who care about flavor, I don't see why you would want to.

    Besides, imagine Huntsman trying to fit his bar into a refrigerator.
     
  17. denning

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    I only keep open bottles in the fridge. These currently include vermouth, Lillet, Pineau de Charentes. Freezer contains Limoncello and Rosolio. All wine gets stored in the basement in a cool, dark corner. I don't think wine should be stored long term in a fridge, it's just too cold, and the vibration of the fridge can eventually wreck the wine if left for too long (ie. years). That being said, I still keep approximately 30 bottles of wine in the wine fridge, along with a random smattering of beer, for use in the foreseeable future. All other spirits and liquor get kept on the shelf or in the pantry. As has been said a few times, I want to taste my alcohol, not freeze it until it all tastes the same.
     
  18. foodguy

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    yes! completely forgot limoncello. so great after dinner on a summer night. and MUST be served nearly frozen.
    i think the chill time for wines is flexible depending on climate, time of year and personal taste. summer in los angeles, i probably bring the whites out 20-30 minutes early, but do put the reds in for an hour.
     
  19. f-tard

    f-tard Well-Known Member

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    hells yeah. more alcohol in the freezer than food.
     
  20. SeanathonHuff

    SeanathonHuff Senior member

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    what % volume of the container must be cleared in order to safely store 70-80+ proof liquor in the freezer?
     
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