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bromike666
04-02-2008, 10:32
I have a tendency to go a little overboard when I start a hobby. I have too many (if theres such a thing) bottles of Bourbon and need to pick one of the following solutions;

1. become an alcoholic.
2. make more friends.
3. make more alcoholic friends.
4. get some sort of cabinet thing.

After consulting with the gf I've picked #4. The big question is this, "can I safely store Bourbon opened or unopened on it's side like wine or does it need to be standing straight up" Some have corks, some have screw caps and I just don't know the answer.

Thanks in advance!

BourbonJoe
04-02-2008, 10:36
Stand 'em up and put 'em in a cool dark place. My 2 cents.
Joe :usflag:

spun_cookie
04-02-2008, 11:01
I can help with:

2. make more friends.
3. make more alcoholic friends.

But Joe hit it, stand them up... I have seen a few bottles laid on tehir sides and they thrashed the cork and the taste followed...

I think out of the sun is the next most important... room temp will not hurt... keep them out of your backyard shed... and you will be fine...

CorvallisCracker
04-02-2008, 11:09
1. become an alcoholic.
2. make more friends.
3. make more alcoholic friends.
4. get some sort of cabinet thing.

After consulting with the gf I've picked #4. Thanks in advance!

She wouldn't go for #3?!!! Dump her, I say!

Seriously, don't lay 'em on their side - the alcohol (much higher level than wine) will destroy the cork.

Sijan
04-02-2008, 11:36
As others have noted, store them upright.

I keep open bottles on a little two-level bar cart near my kitchen. Closed bottles can go in a box (a cardboard wine box with dividers is perfect) in the bottom of a closet until you're ready to open them.

barturtle
04-02-2008, 11:49
I've got an even better solution for you:

I will offer storage, for free (some evaporation may occur), by a licensed spirits storage expert (damn fine print job, if I don't say so myself), in a top-secret, high security facility (beware of attack cat).

I believe this is the most gf friendly solution of all:
No clutter of dozens of bottles
No dusting of bottles on display
No constant reminder the you, the BF, are spending money that could be better spent on sparkly things for her.

Act now before this ofer expires.

bromike666
04-02-2008, 13:59
I've got an even better solution for you:

I will offer storage, for free (some evaporation may occur), by a licensed spirits storage expert (damn fine print job, if I don't say so myself), in a top-secret, high security facility (beware of attack cat).

I believe this is the most gf friendly solution of all:
No clutter of dozens of bottles
No dusting of bottles on display
No constant reminder the you, the BF, are spending money that could be better spent on sparkly things for her.

Act now before this ofer expires.

Wow, thats really awesome of you. I'll get them in the mail tonight. Hell, a little evaporation never hurt anyone.

I sure hope you don't have any "evaporated the cap and seal right off the bottle" issues. Or, is that the one you blame on the "attack cat.":rolleyes:

barturtle
04-02-2008, 14:34
Wow, thats really awesome of you. I'll get them in the mail tonight. Hell, a little evaporation never hurt anyone.

I sure hope you don't have any "evaporated the cap and seal right off the bottle" issues. Or, is that the one you blame on the "attack cat.":rolleyes:

Management is not responsible for any damage to labels, sealing devices or bottles. We do insure that any spirit(s) remaining (after evaporation losses) is/are of equal or greater quality (see paragraph three (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=116698&postcount=4)) to the spirit(s) as delivered into storage.

Select Storage LLC is of course not liable for any excessive evaporation rates, as any such evaporation rates may due to unforeseen quality issues of customer supplied containers, which we do not insure.

Select Storage LLC employs (read:subcontracts) the highest rated spirits storage specialists of any comparable company. We set a standard that is beyond compare.

If you would like, I can forward the full terms to you, It is currently available in Etruscan, Sumerian and Cretan Linear A.

Huegeb
04-02-2008, 15:04
Question to everyone: Why are corks still used? Screw caps are the best way to store spirits. Corks are a very ancient teknology that needs to be done with. Does anyone else feel this way?

Kindest,

Geb

CorvallisCracker
04-02-2008, 16:24
Question to everyone: Why are corks still used? Screw caps are the best way to store spirits. Corks are a very ancient teknology that needs to be done with. Does anyone else feel this way?

Kindest,

Geb

Well, first I want to say that at the risk of sounding like a moderator, this thread should be in the General forum, not New to Straightbourbon.

That said, yes, I agree completely. For distilled spirits, time and the alcohol fumes will cause the cork to deteriorate. Last autumn, when I was opening a bottle I'd purchased 13 years ago, the cork completely crumbled. I had to pour the bourbon into a glass pitcher, fish out the floating pieces of cork, and pour the bourbon back into the bottle (fortunately I have a glass funnel).

There are a number of fine spirits which do come with screw tops. Barbancourt rum, including the 15yo version, comes in screw-top bottles.

For wine, any bottling meant to be consumed within two years should have a screw top. For wines which will benefit from aging (or, at least, can tolerate it), the matter is more complex. The seal on a screw top can eventually lose elasticity, causing the seal to fail. Some wineries have been experimenting with plastic corks, but I've been told that there have been problems with these losing their compressibility and allowing wine and/or air to pass.

For such wines it seems organic cork is still the way to go, but then there's the risk of TCA contamination. There are ways to minimize this, but it is up to the vinter to make the financial commitment.