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Why not use alcohol ice?

Ethanol has a much lower freezing temperature than water: -114°C. This is considerably colder than dry ice and would require expensive specialised equipment to make and store. It would also be ...
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Can we keep alcoholic beverages indefinitely?

Short Answer: Yes. In general, unopened containers of alcohol have an indefinite shelf-life. For example, there are 500+ year old barrels of wine which are likely still drinkable (i.e. not only safe ...
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Name of the alcoholic products of fermenting sugar and distilling mead, analogous to fermenting grapes to get wine and distilling wine to get brandy?

The interim step in rum making is called 'Wash', which unlike beer or wine isn't sold separately. I don't know exactly why, but I suspect it's because it doesn't taste good. The same is true of just ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

You could - provided you have a specific custom freezer that can reach as low as -17° F / -27°C - produce whiskey ice cubes. The question is, should you? If you are cooling your drink, you are ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

Many cocktails are shaken with ice, this isn't to mix it - you could do that with a spoon - it's to dilute the drink with water. This seems counterintuitive, but that's usually desired. The idea of ...
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Name of the alcoholic products of fermenting sugar and distilling mead, analogous to fermenting grapes to get wine and distilling wine to get brandy?

You have to ferment sugarcane molasses (which is just concentrated boiled sugarcane juice) to distill into rum, so I'm not sure fermented molasses has any other name. The second question was already ...
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Irish Coffee harder to get right than Baileys Coffee?

Some preparations for Irish coffee demand that the whiskey and sugar be caramelized together by heating them in a heat-proof glass over a burner and then topped with hot coffee and thick liquid cream. ...
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Can we keep alcoholic beverages indefinitely?

Alcohol in high concentratons is a preservative. The only spiritous liquor or cordial type thing I've ever had go off from age was off-brand Irish Cream liqueur which curdled - never had a problem ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

Freezing a mixture of two liquids solid is quite a complex process. Contrary to most of the other answers, whiskey/vodka/gin/whatever 40% hard drink starts to freeze at ~ -30°C, but it is only the ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

This is one of the rare "why not" questions which happen to have a technical reason behind them, rather than a random "it could have been done, but nobody cared enough to do it". ...
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What kind of bourbon is best for making whiskey balls?

Honestly, "whatever you want" is the only answer :) I have a similar seasonal recipe, and in various years, have tried: expensive bourbon cheap bourbon rum Drambuie Kahlua And so on... The flavors ...
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Name of the alcoholic products of fermenting sugar and distilling mead, analogous to fermenting grapes to get wine and distilling wine to get brandy?

Ferment sugar you get ???. Distill that and you get rum. Distilled Sugar Cane is also called Cachaça. Rum is made with fermented molasses, while Cachaça is made from fermented (fresh) cane sugar. ...
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Name of the alcoholic products of fermenting sugar and distilling mead, analogous to fermenting grapes to get wine and distilling wine to get brandy?

In the Canary Islands (Spanish), you can buy Ron Miel. In Madeira (Portuguese), you can buy Ron Mel. Both names translate as Honey Rum, but they are made by fermenting sugar cane (mel de cana in ...
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How long can you keep whiskey in the freezer?

You have no problem at all. Whisky doesn't spoil, it doesn't need to be kept in the refrigerator or freezer to preserve it, the same is true for many other spirits like gin, vodka, tequila, etc. ...
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Whiskey inside a metal flask for a month. Safe for drinking?

My stainless flasks, USA made, purchased from distilleries indicate that spirit alcohol (of any proof) should not be stored for more than 3 days. I've never pursued an explanation for the statement. ...
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Can we keep alcoholic beverages indefinitely?

I've experienced sugar crystallising out of some very-sweet liqueurs. That's taken over 20 years so far, with a net result that the content is less-sweet than it used to be. And that suits my ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

No need for ice cubes If you happen to store the (~40% ABV) drink in the freezer it won't freeze but will stay cold, I personally have one of the cheaper whiskeys in my freezer that I use for mixing. ...
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Can we keep alcoholic beverages indefinitely?

Unopened spirits have an indefinite shelf life. Once opened, color and flavor may be impacted. They will certainly be food safe. Wine is fermented fruit. It continues to change, even in a sealed ...
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Irish Coffee harder to get right than Baileys Coffee?

A "Bailey's Coffee" was likely simply a cup of coffee with Bailey's added, and maybea dollop of cream on top. Anyone with legal ability to make and serve a drink would be able to get you that. An ...
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Soaking fruits and things in alcohol

You made something what in Poland we call tincture Nalewka . But we usually use 160 proof spirit. Fresh fruits in alcohol will infuse it with it's taste and sweetness. Very good with clean alcohol. ...
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Is there such a thing as a single malt vodka?

I think you (and your friend) are confusing two similar terms. "Single Malt" - the making of spirit from a single type of grain by a produced by a single distiller (for whisky, that's ...
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What kind of bourbon is best for making whiskey balls?

I occasionally make similar whisky-based truffles. I'm normally a great fan of peaty whiskeys (e.g. Islay), and I once used Caol Ila. The smokey flavour did not work well with the chocolate. ...
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What kind of bourbon is best for making whiskey balls?

I suggest using a regular bourbon; one that you can drink after you open a bottle for the recipe. If you don't drink the stuff, and just want some for the recipe, get the cheap one in small bottles, ...
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How long can you keep whiskey in the freezer?

Distilled spirits do not age in the bottle. Not in the freezer, not on the shelf. So, drink up!
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Does wrapping a bottle of whisky in plastic affect the taste?

Wrapping the boxes will not generate any heat (you need an energy source for this); it will however insulate what's inside, which means that changes in surrounding temperature are transmitted slower. ...
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Does wrapping a bottle of whisky in plastic affect the taste?

Plastic isn't going to cause heating, and won't impact the quality of your whisky. Plastic wrapping is likely to trap moisture, however, which could be a concern as it could damage the labeling on the ...
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Slow cooker bourbon meat recipe bitter

Doubling the recipe should work fine. I think the most likely reason is that you didn't end up boiling off the alcohol. Alcohol boils around 173F, and a slow cooker on low heats to between 170 and 280,...
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Whiskey inside a metal flask for a month. Safe for drinking?

Problem is with the joining process & material used in the SS flask. I think some may be lead soldering which is poison
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Irish Coffee harder to get right than Baileys Coffee?

wow, what a question. Firstly, perhaps step away from the Bailey's idea, there are many type of coffee out there with 'add-ons', think of Cointreau for example. However, many of these other liqueurs ...
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