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  1. #1
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    Question for anyone who might know...

    Last night, I tried a 50mL of Booker's. I left a sip or two in the snifter before going to bed (as that was my 2nd pour), and when I woke up, the leftover bourbon had become very very cloudy. All I added was a drop or two of water....for any of you microbiologists, it looked a lot like liquid media looks once a bacterial culture gets going strong....but that couldn't be...not overnight?

    any idea what happened to my bourbon?

    on another note, found that small batch sampler set (KC, Bakers, Bookers, and BH) for $13....considering the KC samplers usually go for 3.50 around here....that looked like a good deal to me...

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    Re: Question for anyone who might know...

    Leave a sip or two of Booker's? I won't be repeating that experiment!

    I'm sure the experts here know the answer. The potential factors regarding which I could speculate:

    1) Chemicals in the water resulting in a precipitation reaction overnight with chemicals in the bourbon?

    2) Something unique to Booker's due to its unfiltered state?

    It's hard to imagine anything growing in Booker's, that's for sure.

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    Re: Question for anyone who might know...

    You have witnessed what is known as "chill haze". Whiskey, when taken
    straight from the barrel, has a few yummy things in it such as fatty acid esters
    that are insoluble at lower temperatures or at lower proof. What happened
    in your glass was that ethanol evaporated faster than water, and so proof
    went down... and things started crashing out of solution.

    Chill haze generally manifests itself in bottles stored at low temperature,
    which is how the phenomenon got it's name. Generally a chill-filtering
    step is used (especially for lower proof whiskies) in order to prevent this.
    Does chill filtering remove some of the taste? Yes it does. Is it hugely
    dramatic? No, not really.

    Booker's is not chill filtered. You get to enjoy more taste, but the
    possiblity of chill haze is there. No biggie, though: it's absolutely
    harmless.

    Tim Dellinger

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    Re: Question for anyone who might know...

    Maybe this old thread can turn up some answers as well.

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    Re: Question for anyone who might know...

    Thanks guys. That makes sense....

 

 

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