Ollllllld liquors... safe?

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This might be the wrong group to post this in... but I'm guessing that
many of you who brew beer (something I'm going to try soon -- a friend
of mine hooked me up with a homebrew kit for Christmas) know a thing
or two about how long alcoholic drinks keep.

  I found several old bottles in a cupboard today left over from my
parent's wedding... almost thirty years ago.  One bottle is Chivas
Regal, one is Crown Royal.  (One is some pretty powerful rum from the
Virgin Islands).   I'm guessing scotch doesn't age in bottles, so I
don't expect it to taste any better for the age.  My question is: all
of these bottles were opened & half to 3/4 full.  Will it still taste
good?  And, more importantly, is this stuff still *safe* to drink?
I'd think the alcohol content would keep it free from germs, but I
wonder if the alcohol bled off by now.  I'll give 'em a taste if
they're safe... I'd hate to throw away perfectly good liquors.  But
I'll toss them if there's a chance that I'll end up with mad 3AM trips
to the toilet.  :)  

  I also found a whole bunch of mini "airline-size" bottles that I
think my grandpa (!!!) bought from the naval exchange back in the 60s.
They're all sealed, so I'm guessing they're good to taste test.  (But
please, someone tell me if I might be wrong...)  I'll chuck 'em if I
have to, but I think it'd be kind of cool to sip something that came
into this world when my dad was still a teenager.  :)  

Thanks!

-R

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The alcohol in the bottles, assuming they are well sealed and the alcohol
hasn't evaporated away, have probably prevented anything from contaminating
them.  I *highly* doubt that any organisms can survive in bottles of
distilled alcohol.  I am actually very jealous right now, as I am sure that
all the bottles, especially any scotches and whiskeys, will be absolutely
amazing.  My parents made a similar find (a bottle of B&B they got for an
engagement present) around the time of their 25th anniversary.  The stuff
was liquid gold.

The only thing I would be wary of would be something like Irish Cream.  I
think Baileys uses actual cream, so that is all I'd be concerned with.

If you are still concerned, I'd be happy to dispose of them for you.



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I'd be careful about opening and consuming the small bottles. There is a
good chance that they may be worth a good deal of money.

Steve W.

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dont worry... if its bad you will know it ... you will say yuck. especially
any kind of cream liquer..it will pour out in clumps. if you have a lower
alc. like a snops or cream de'mint. you will notice the flavor has vanished.
my aunt had the same bottle of segrams 7 that she used for a highball every
xmass for 30years. i dont think it was any change year to year. of course
shes gone now so......


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had a similar experience recently. the elderly neighbour said we could have
this 3/4 full bottle of vickers gin. she couldn't remember exactly when it
was from but believed it was from her daughters 21st birthday. she is now a
littel over 50. the gin was no better (or worse, depending on wether you
like the stuff) than usual. i don't think it was any different.

incidentally, i recently tried some vegemite out of a jar that had a use-by
date of 1984. didn't taste any different than normal either.

cheers.

sam.



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Sam, most in this newsgroup would not know what Vegemite is. However, with
little Johnny taking our best interests to heart, the Free Trade Agreement
with USA will see happy little vegemites hopping all over America.
Steve W.



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I think he's saying it always tastes bad (it certainly smells like something
died) ;) Somehow I have a feeling you know that...

Steve



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Yeah, what the hell is Vegemite anyway?  Is it the Australian equivalent of
Spam, but made out of rabbit or kangaroo meat instead?  I'd be curious to
try it... hell, I'll try anything once, although it sounds like once would
be enough for a lifetime.

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Dave
"Just a drink, a little drink, and I'll be feeling GOOooOOooOOooD!" --
Genesis, 1973-ish



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On the great day of Wed, 11 Feb 2004 08:29:54 -0600,  Sneezed and
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Close...  it's made of dead yeasties.

The excess yeast produced from brewing beer gets sold off to Kraft who
add salt and caramel colour (to turn it black) , then put it in a jar.

A great source of B vitamins.  :)

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It's better than it sounds.
Really.
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Yeh, Vegemite ain't so bad, but like Menudo, Haggis and some other
delicacies, it is an acquired taste. I can recall thinking the first time
I'd opened some that I'd stumbled onto a failed Aussie BW experiment, but
the gal that I'd fetched it for loved its salty, yeasty flavor...



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I'm with you.  My wife grew us as a US expat in Australia, and when I met
her, she'd always bring a couple of jars of that nasty stuff back.  Never
could figure out the attraction, but she swore by it.  BTW - have had haggis
and boudin (Cajun blood sausage) so I'm not exactly shy about what I eat.

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It's probably all fine.  Go for it.  It will not kill you.  Who knows, it
might even be aged to perfection.

--
Dave
"Just a drink, a little drink, and I'll be feeling GOOooOOooOOooD!" --
Genesis, 1973-ish



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When my parents moved, I found myself in a similar situation.  Long story
short, most of the opened stuff didn't taste too good.  It was kind of like
drinking a dust bunny, if you can imagine that.

The samples I have had of the unopened stuff was great.

I'm no doctor, but I can see no reason why drinking it would be a problem.
It's not like anything in there could be alive.  For what it's worth, I was
fine after samples from opened and unopened bottles.  Give it a try!

Guy

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