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  1. #11
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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    If you spend enough time in this industry (or enough time observing it), you'll learn that there's always some newcomer who'll claim to have found a shortcut to a qualitative and/or stylistic goal. It reminds me of those Japanese scientists that broke down the chemical composition of many First Growth Bordeaux, and claimed that they could replicate, say, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild in their lab. The resulting beverage was crap.

    Time patience and tried-and-true methods have a reason for being the industry norm...at least when the highest possible quality is your goal. As P.T. used to say, there's a sucker born every minute.
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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    I know the craft distillers would hate it, but perhaps there would be some value in the US adopting the EU/Canadian standard of identity for whiskey - that it must be barrel aged for at least three years before you can label it "whisk(e)y".

    That would put a quick stop to nonsense like what's being attempted by Lix.
    Last edited by CorvallisCracker; 07-22-2010 at 10:09.
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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    Good idea; however, I wouldn't hold my breath. I have to imagine that natural market forces will take care of this guy...at least in the quality end of the market.
    Mat Garretson
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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    I disagree with corvallis. I think a lot of (craft distillers) would be lining up. Bill Owens evidently thinks so too. What a shame.

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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    Well a microwave cooks a steak faster than a grill or smoker... but do you really want to microwave your good steaks?

    Just because it can be done faster, doesn't mean it's going to be the same quality. I can't think of a "faster way" that is better in production of much of anything. Well aside from an economic standpoint... but we're talking quality and not cost here.
    "So long as the presence of death lurks with anyone who goes through the simple act of swallowing, I will make mine whiskey"

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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post

    Most of these techniques accomplish something but they never get quite the same results as conventional aging. Also, faster isn't necessarily less expensive.
    As in: age = wisdom.
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    Quote Originally Posted by tmckenzie View Post
    I disagree with corvallis. I think a lot of (craft distillers) would be lining up. Bill Owens evidently thinks so too. What a shame.
    Am I the only one around here who thinks it's awesome that one of the most pessimistic people here with regard to craft distilling IS a craft distiller himself?
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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    The only way to the New World is to sail from Europe to the West Indies.
    Anybody who thinks there's a better way risks unknown consequences.
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    "It ain't the booze that brings me in here, it's the solace it distills"

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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    Well, there have been innovations in the past that worked, notably cycling. What's being bruited now is simply a development of that.

    Gary

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    Re: Pending patent for speeding up spirit aging

    Quote Originally Posted by pepcycle View Post
    The only way to the New World is to sail from Europe to the West Indies.
    Anybody who thinks there's a better way risks unknown consequences.
    Some ways might be better, and some not. Can you say "Hindenberg"?
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