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  1. #1
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    What kind of flask?

    A few months ago my wife bought me a pesonalized flask that is made of stainless steel. We were going to a movie that night and I wanted to take a bit of bourbon to sip on while watching the flick. So rather than buying a small bottle at the liquor store I decided to pour a bit of my premium pour (Baker's) into the flask. And low and behold the Baker's caused the flask to tarnish in a matter of hours. It was fine while at the movie but when I got home I noticed the whiskey had turned a grayish color. So I ended up having to pour out the whiskey and my flask is no good any more. Did the high alcohol content cause this or was my flask just a fancy piece of junk. I'm saving the flask because it is a personalized Army flask but it would be nice if it was functional. Is there any way to get it back to normal or am I screwed.

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    Re: What kind of flask?

    I dont use flasks - but if I did.. I would look for some sort of a glass lined one if possible.

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    Re: What kind of flask?

    Yes I've wondered the same and I'm glad you posted this because it will help me make my decision on getting a flask. I've been looking at a couple different ones and was ready to pull the trigger on this one.....Click here

    This one is perfect as it is made of Plexiglas and you can actually see the contents as well so you always know what's left etc... and now given your story I would contend that you'd also have no 'tainting' of your bourbon from as from the steel. I wouldn't want my bourbon to start tasting like that described by others regarding the Hirsch 16 that spent too much time in steel drums etc...
    Whisk(e)y - a bargain at any price !!!

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    Re: What kind of flask?

    I got a cheap $10 stainless steel flask about ten years ago. Before I filled it I cleaned it out with boiling water, detergent, and a wire brush. It took a long time to get the taste of metal out of it and I still won't put any spirit of quality in it.
    We set out as men of reason, armed with Navy Colts.

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    Re: What kind of flask?

    I've got two each stainless flasks that were given to me by Glenfiddich and Ardbeg distilleries (four total). I also have two that I purchased in Scotland. All of these came with instructions to wash with hot soapy water and rinse well several times. Then fill first with whisky to "condition" the flask, let it sit for a week (use the whisky for mixing). Empty the flask and rinse well with hot water, never use soap again. Anytime you use the flask, do not let the whisky stay in the flask for more than a couple of days ( I usually empty them the same day or the next day at the latest), and rinse well with hot water when empty. I use them all regularly. They vary in size from 4 oz. to 16 oz. I've had no problem with tainted whisky, or maybe I don't have a good enough nose to know it. I also have a stainless Yukon Jack flask (6 oz.) that was given to me and I've never used. Maybe I should clean it and try it and see if there is a difference between American flasks and those from the UK.

    Stu

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    Re: What kind of flask?

    I've got two each stainless flasks that were given to me by Glenfiddich and Ardbeg distilleries (four total). I also have two that I purchased in Scotland. All of these came with instructions to wash with hot soapy water and rinse well several times. Then fill first with whisky to "condition" the flask, let it sit for a week (use the whisky for mixing). Empty the flask and rinse well with hot water, never use soap again. Anytime you use the flask, do not let the whisky stay in the flask for more than a couple of days ( I usually empty them the same day or the next day at the latest), and rinse well with hot water when empty. I use them all regularly. They vary in size from 4 oz. to 16 oz. I've had no problem with tainted whisky, or maybe I don't have a good enough nose to know it. I also have a stainless Yukon Jack flask (6 oz.) that was given to me and I've never used. Maybe I should clean it and try it and see if there is a difference between American flasks and those from the UK.

    Stu

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    Re: What kind of flask?

    Best bet. Get yourself a 200 ml bottle of somenting, drink it and resue the bottle.

    Comes free with the bourbon, it does not alter the taste of your bourbon and it is a hell of a lot easire to fill

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    Re: What kind of flask?

    That is what I will do. This thing will just end up being a paperweight or something for my office.

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    Re: What kind of flask?

    Quote Originally Posted by spun_cookie View Post
    Best bet. Get yourself a 200 ml bottle of somenting, drink it and resue the bottle.

    Comes free with the bourbon, it does not alter the taste of your bourbon and it is a hell of a lot easire to fill
    I agree. I have a bunch of glass 200 ml bottles that I have dedicated to one particular whiskey. When it is empty, or sometimes before, I will refill it with the same whiskey. Nice if I want to grab a bottle of a particular whiskey when I am heading out the door.

    I have one that I will fill with one or more bourbons. Its label says Blend. Once the blend was so good I got stingy with it and it took me a month or more to empty it.

    I have one other that was a PET bottle 200 ml bottle of Early Times Bourbon. This has a unique advantage. I fill it to where it would be normally filled, put the cap on loosely, squeeze the air out, then rinse it in the sink.

    It has the necessary space for expansion if it becomes warm. Also, it doesn't gurgle.

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