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Do you think the wine really froze?

Asked by Dutchess_III (42474points) July 31st, 2016

I don’t drink much wine, but when I do I like it super cold. I noticed my sister kept hers in the freezer and thought that was a great idea.

Well, we went to a friend’s for her husband’s birthday part 2 weeks ago. Her husband is my husband’s best friend. (her…not so much!)
I brought some wine (box wine) and stuck it in her deep freeze.

We went over there again for dinner last night.

When we got there she said I had left the wine and it froze so she had pulled it out and it was thawed.
I said, “I wouldn’t think wine would freeze.”
She said, “It did. Like a brick.”
I said, “Oh. Ok. I like my wine cold so I’m going to stick it in your fridge.”
She said, “No, wine must be drunk at room temperature,” and by these means let me know I could not put the wine in her fridge. (Yeah, I’ve written about this woman before!)

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ibstubro's avatar

Yup. It froze.
Accidentally Froze Your Wine?
BYOB, cold the next time.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I’m not 100% sure at what alcohol content wine must be to keep it from freezing but once when I was young I diluted some vodka for covering my tracks of course and the bottle froze and broke..busted by the owner of the bottle. At say 10–15% alcohol I have no doubt that the wine froze. and on a side note you can do some poor man’s distillation by using freeze-thaw cycles on an alcoholic beverage

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I understand that you like frozen wine coolers, not $45 a bottle wines.

Gin or vodka won’t freeze but wine doesn’t have enough alcohol. 12% wine will freeze at 20* F and most freezers are set between -2* F and 5* F.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Tropical_Willie I understand only that I like my wine cold. I don’t give a rat’s ass if it’s not the “proper” way to drink wine. I don’t like warm wine. I don’t like warm beer, either.

How does freezing and thawing distill it, @ARE_you_kidding_me?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Dutchess_III to help answer for @ARE_you_kidding_me distilling by freezing. You freeze it to a slush and strained it leaving the ice between. Less water and a higher alcohol content. Snake Venom is a beer with higher alcohol content then vodka.

I didn’t say you couldn’t drink wine cold just don’t spend $45 or $50 a bottle. Your “proper friend” just doesn’t understand wine coolers or cold wine.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Re distilling…I see. That knowledge would have come in handy when I was a teenager.

What does being cold have to do with $45 or $50 bottles of wine? (BTW….I’m not that fond of wine in the first place and wine coolers kind of make me sick!)

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The quality of the wine is stifled by been cold, it needs to release the flavor and bouquet at a room temperature. I have a couple of bottles in my wine rack, that need to be opened and allowed to breathe for at least an hour at room temperature. I had a associate many years ago that “loved” filet minion accept he would order it “Well done”, I was a retirement party where ordered it and the chef sent out a steak that looked like a charcoal briquette. He was in heaven paying for filet minion, when a burnt cube steak would have worked.

Maybe a Cape Codder would be better for you. Fruit juice and alcohol.

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK. Interesting analogy, one I can relate to.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Does that Codder have about the same amount of alcohol as wine? Or will the vodka hurt you? To me, the effect wine has on me is in between beer and hard liquor.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

You can control how much vodka you use, cranberry juice, a little lime and vodka.

Generally YES. A glass of wine, a glass of beer and mixed drink have about the same amount (total) alcohol when served.That is because of the size of the glasses used.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

My wife likes red wine chilled, I think it kills the flavor. I like it at room temp or slightly cooler.
@Tropical_Willie is correct, you don’t let it freeze all the way, strain the slush, repeat.

Dutchess_III's avatar

But…hard liquor affects me differently…..I don’t know why.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Don’t drink as much. LOL There are things in hard liquor like fusel oil translates to bad liquor that can effect people in a negative (trips to ‘porcelain princess” after drinking liter).

Ethanol is grain alcohol, the difference is the quality, the cheaper hard liquor is not filtered or aged as long. Absolut Vodka is not the same in price or quality of Burnett’s vodka.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Wine and hard liquor affect me about the same. Beer is different because of hops. Hops are related to cannabis and have an additional sedative effect that compliment the ethanol. The effect is feeling really fucking relaxed. A heavily hopped beer with a high gravity is the ticket for me, like an IPA running around 8–10%

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, I have learned so much! Thank you! (I still don’t like wine…)

ibstubro's avatar

I hate wine. Not the taste, but the effect. A glass of wine can give me a hangover.
Back in the Bartles and James day, I liked whine coolers.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yeah, they give me awful hang overs too.

ibstubro's avatar

Bleh. One glass and I hate it in the morning.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Hey…which is more fattening, hard liquor or beer?

jca's avatar

I like white wine, which is supposed to be served chilled.

Coloma's avatar

White wines and sparkling wines are served chilled, reds at room temp. Yes, wine can freeze. I accidentally froze a Moscato not too long ago when I forgot it in the frizzer.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ha ha! Frizzer wine!

Seek's avatar

Dutch, you should hang out at my place. I’m a hell of a bartender. Make you a Cosmo so smooth you’ll forget you’re drinking vodka.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Um…maybe for one night. :D. I’m still reeling from last night. But it would be so much freaking FUN hanging out with you @Seek!

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III Yeah, we could blow up condoms and throw darts at them while drinking Cosmopolitans. lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL!! I do not like those things Sam I Am. For the very most part, I made the decision in advance that I was going to have sex and started on The Pill.

cazzie's avatar

Cosmos at @Seek ‘s house! Then over to my house for Karsk on the veranda overlooking the fjord. It’s been years since I had any… before the kiddo was born, but in the right company, I might have one. I’m feeling hedonistic these days.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karsk

Seek's avatar

Yaaas! Party time

ibstubro's avatar

Hrumph. Gurl party.

Seek's avatar

You’re more than welcome to the party, bro. Are Cosmos too “girly”? I can shake you up a Margarita, if you prefer?

ibstubro's avatar

If you fix me a Rusty Nail, you can just tuck me in bed. lol

Seek's avatar

Going to bed isn’t the point.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Why am I not a millionaire? If I was, this party would SO happen!

ibstubro's avatar

Oh, well, then start me with a Cranberry Diet Sprite – I’m a lightweight.

ibstubro's avatar

@Dutchess_III and I are within driving distance of each other. Daytrip. Sorta.

cazzie's avatar

Maybe me and BBE can get to Florida soon. He does a bit of work for the University there. Then, this party would so happen. We’d have to start out playing D&D with the kids before bedtime.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Noooo!! PoGo! Thanks for the new word, @Seek!

cazzie's avatar

Dutchess, it has to be D&D for a very good reason. Our kids have to play when they meet. ;)

Dutchess_III's avatar

See, I was a Christian when my kids were growing up. D&D is the DEBILE! The DEBILE I tell you! Still have a hard time shaking that dread!
Oh, alright. Then you can show me how it’s done…but only if you promised nobody is going to break into my house, live in my very D&D cellar, unbeknownst to us, live there 6 months, then kill us one night.

Seek's avatar

Ian’s already writing his first module.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What is a module?

Seek's avatar

Basically a script for the Dungeon Master, that includes maps dictating what monsters are where, whether there’s treasures or traps or whatever.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Can you put rapey dogs in there?

ibstubro's avatar

This is so not going to happen!

Dutchess_III's avatar

SO glad to hear it!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Because rapey dogs are so annoying!

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