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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    Interesting. The next question is what is the ppb difference between "unacceptable" and "dangerous". I would think that water in one's home needs to have a very low level as people would drink from it an bathe in it daily. Drinking at that same level from one decanter probably isn't a big deal.

    I say that, but I'm not volunteering either.

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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    BTW, thanks for sharing these results. I've enjoyed following this thread.

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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    Do all glazed ceramic containers, including e.g. those used to serve food, or coffee cups, use lead in the manufacture? Or is this something more in the past than today?

    Gary

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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    Wow, that blows my semi-safe theory out of the water. Knowing that I'd either pour it down the drain or just leave it for the angels.

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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Do all glazed ceramic containers, including e.g. those used to serve food, or coffee cups, use lead in the manufacture? Or is this something more in the past than today?

    Gary
    According to a friend of mine who has a pottery shop, lead was fazed out during the 90s.

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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    Quote Originally Posted by Young Blacksmith View Post
    Wow, that blows my semi-safe theory out of the water. Knowing that I'd either pour it down the drain or just leave it for the angels.
    I can hear the Tom Lehrer song now: "Poisoning Angels in the Park."
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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    "Lead burns red and makes you dead."

    An old saying when testing the amount of lead in moonshine. My grandfather used to test it by putting a small amount in a spoon and lighting it. If the flame was red it had too much lead.

    Wonder if this works with decanter whiskey.



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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    hmmm... so old 60's and 70's Old Fitz porcelain decanters? should those be included in the hazardous to your health list? I just got my hands on some '68 BiB that tastes fantastic, and I'd hate to be scared away from drinking it due to contamination...

    by the way - thank you very much for taking the time and effort to find out about this and for sharing the results.
    Ryan

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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    Quote Originally Posted by wripvanwrinkle View Post
    Well damn my curiosity. Now I need to shell out for a Brita filter and another lab test.
    I'd opt for an earth magnet before a filter

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    Re: Leaching of Lead into Whiskey from Ceramic Decater Glazing

    I guess I should stop drinking out of all my old Michter's decanters. Maybe that's what making me more stupid.
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

 

 

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