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Old 11-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #21
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Seriously, many of the lesser wines and hard liquors make excellent deglazing liquid when you cook. I have a bottle of lesser quality brandy that I often use to make steak sauce.

The better stuff is of course saved for after dinner sipping.

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Old 11-23-2012, 03:39 PM   #22
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Reading through this thread, I was quite surprised at the strong attachment many here are showing to alcohol. I don't think there would have been such a widespread show of dismay had the OP mentioned that he had discarded other possessions of equal value.

I do like a glass of wine from time to time. A glass of cab with some dark chocolate often hits the spot when I'm settling down to watch something good on TV. In the winter, I like to add a shot of whisky to my hot chocolate. However, if I was told tomorrow that I can never have another alcoholic drink, I can't say it would be a great loss.

I wouldn't worry about it redduck - it's just booze

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Brothers and sisters, take all your booze, and all your dope, and all your porn, and cast them into the river!!

Now, please turn your hymnal to page 188, and let's sing "Shall We Gather At The River"...
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Yikes I can't believe this isn't a spoof.

Opened wine has a limited life span but unopened I'd assume it is good for a long time.

Hard liquors, I doubt they would ever go bad. Some are a decade or 2 old when you buy them you know!

I have 1 or 2 unopened bottles of ale in the basement that are at least 10 years old. Good thing you aren't cleaning my basement.
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I think the OP started this thread just to flush out the sinners drinkers among us. He has not added to this thread, and is mostly lurking to see our reaction. So, I am just playing along.

I am not a heavy drinker, and can go for a week without even a beer. However, alcohol is something that I enjoy, just like good food or other leisures in life.

Yes, "it is just booze", but we can say that about pretty much anything. Keep saying that and before long, we turn into monks and nuns. Might as well lock ourselves up in a hermitage. No more worrying about WR, portfolio rebalancing and AA, politics, etc...
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My name is Grasshopper, and I am a reformed teetotaler. I was hitting the bottle pretty good until about age 50. Quit drinking totally for almost 10 years. On my 60th birthday I surprised my friends when I ordered a beer. Been downhill ever since. Nothing like being a vegan and sober, in cattle country.
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Yes, "it is just booze", but we can say that about pretty much anything. Keep saying that and before long, we turn into monks and nuns. Might as well lock ourselves up in a hermitage.
Perhaps you're right. I'm heading out to Trader Joe's right now and just realized that a bottle of wine is on my list.

I can gve up any time I want. I know I can
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After a few glasses of wine for the Thanksgiving lunch, and making the post earlier in this thread, I did not have that shot of Cognac that I threatened to have.

I was so full from that meal that I ate very little for dinner last night, and nothing yet today. Am getting ready to go out to grill some burgers. Will not touch alcohol today.
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On my 60th birthday I surprised my friends when I ordered a beer. Been downhill ever since. Nothing like being a vegan and sober, in cattle country.
What inspired you to start drinking again-- peer pressure?
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The only alcohol that you should throw out is cream based stuff that's gone bad. (like Bailey's).

Some liqueurs like Chambord do lose their taste after a while, but still aren't bad for you.

We recently had to have a rule of no new alcohol bottles into the house, cause our "collection" got way over the 100 bottles that our bar holds comfortably. I'm super happy to say we finally cleaned up enough that we are allowed to buy again.
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By "it", I mean both the shot and the profundity coming from a fellow 17-year old.
Seems us 17 year olds were ALWAYS much more profound after a couple of shots. Go figure.
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The only alcohol that you should throw out is cream based stuff that's gone bad. (like Bailey's).
How do you tell?

Serious question. It's not like bacteria or mold are able to grow in that alcohol-sterilized environment.
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How do you tell?

Serious question. It's not like bacteria or mold are able to grow in that alcohol-sterilized environment.
I always blamed hangovers way back when on alcohol gone bad.
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Storing, Handling and Spoilage of Liqueurs

"There is a second class of liqueurs that bears some consideration - cream liqueurs and egg liqueurs. Despite alcohol's great disinfectant properties, every liqueur book I've ever read cautions people against trying to keep cream or egg liqueurs for more than a few weeks to a month, and then only in the refrigerator. I'm forced to make the same recommendation. Even with the alcohol, treat it like fresh milk or fresh eggs. If you would throw out milk that had been in your fridge for that long, you should throw out your liqueurs. So these should be made immediately before they are to be consumed. It is perhaps possible to keep cream liqueurs longer, but in order to experimentally determine how long they can last, I would be required to, on at least one occasion, consume spoiled cream or egg liqueur. And that I have no strong urge to do.
Again, commercial liqueurs last considerably longer. Eierlikör and Bailey's Irish Cream both have much longer shelf life than four weeks. But it is because they know what they're doing that they can get long shelf lives. As long as we're just puttering in our kitchens, we should be a good bit more careful."
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Yikes I can't believe this isn't a spoof.

Opened wine has a limited life span but unopened I'd assume it is good for a long time.
Not really. European reds, yes. But most US reds are designed to be drunk within 10 years of release, and whites immediately - within 2 or 3 at most.
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Seriously, many of the lesser wines and hard liquors make excellent deglazing liquid when you cook. I have a bottle of lesser quality brandy that I often use to make steak sauce.

The better stuff is of course saved for after dinner sipping.

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That sure is purty!

I don't do after dinner sipping of my cognac, I only use it for cooking. But I do admit to sipping the cognac after soaking raisins in it for my apple strudel.

For the cooks out there: we don't drink white wine but I have several favorite recipes that call for it (a dry white). I have found dry vermouth to be an excellent alternative. It doesn't have to be refrigerated and keeps in the pantry a long time and has a convenient screw cap. And it never gives any funky "off" flavors that some whites seem contribute.
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Based on a very small set of empirical data, I'm inclined to agree. In fact, I'd expand the set to include "inexpensive reds from anywhere." These seem to keep improving in storage for 6-8 years, then start to go downhill from there.

It's funny that I seem to have so much to say on the topic, when my total alcohol consumption is only about 2 glasses of wine/1 small glass of cordial per week. But Mr. A. drinks the hard stuff and I like to bake/experiment in the kitchen, so I'm quite sensitive to how ingredients taste and react with each other.

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Not really. European reds, yes. But most US reds are designed to be drunk within 10 years of release, and whites immediately - within 2 or 3 at most.
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Reading through this thread, I was quite surprised at the strong attachment many here are showing to alcohol. I don't think there would have been such a widespread show of dismay had the OP mentioned that he had discarded other possessions of equal value.
You might be very surprised regarding 'discarding other possessions of equal value'...it's a tight bunch here for the most part, not an indication of attachment to alcohol.
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My comments are not from someone that drinks. I'm just surprised you'd toss liquor.

I seldom drink, a 6 pack could last me 6 months. I never liked drinking except for the 1st few times but getting sick was enough to curb my interest. I like a beer with a pizza but seldom drink more than 1.

Now I never got sick or hung over from pot or other "soft" drugs but that's another story. Now a days I actually drink more than smoke pot, an oz could last me 50 years today but 40 years ago just a week. TMI?
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