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Old 09-09-2009, 07:32 AM   #1
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Is it bad to leave alcohol in a warm/hot car?

Would it be bad if I had to leave some bottles of alcohol (i.e. whiskey, vermouth) in a hot car (trunk, outdoor temp: approx. 80F) for about three hours? Would that damage the flavor of the alcohol?

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Old 09-09-2009, 07:51 AM   #2
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For that amount of time ~~~No..........
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For that amount of time ~~~No..........
Does that mean something more? With the ~~~ ? Sorry, just curious.
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It means for the amount of time you state, the answer to your question is NO....Nothing more...nothing less.
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It means for the amount of time you state, the answer to your question is NO....Nothing more...nothing less.
Okay sorry just asking in case...
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As Uncle Bob said, "no" - not for hard liquor or mixes, but beer is different. You didn't say anything about beer, but for the future, even letting it cool down to room temperature will change the flavor of beer - permanently. Some beer can stand up to being at room temperature, but most American beer can't.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:07 AM   #7
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Too right. NEVER drink cold beer that's been allowed to warm up and then been rechilled. Do yourself a huge favor and take my word for it.

PS - I know the original post isn't about beer, but this is worth saying anyway, in case anyone doesn't know.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:18 AM   #8
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While hard alcohol won't suffer, I wouldn't leave beer or wine (or vermouth for that matter) in a hot trunk for any length of time. And I wouldn't feel terribly comfortable subjecting liqueurs to really high temps either. If the outdoor temps are 80, the temp in the trunk is probably going to be way over 100 in just 15-20 minutes tops.
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I will say this.....While it will not harm the liquor, if the bottle has a cork and the only thing holding the cork is the overwrap (Wild Turkey, for example), do not leave the bottle on its side as the heat will cause the whiskey to expand enough to allow some minor seepage. There won't be much loss but, HOOO...EEEEEE!! your trunk will smell like a distillery.
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As Uncle Bob said, "no" - not for hard liquor or mixes, but beer is different. You didn't say anything about beer, but for the future, even letting it cool down to room temperature will change the flavor of beer - permanently. Some beer can stand up to being at room temperature, but most American beer can't.
You don't want to leave wine in a hot car, either.
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