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Alcohol and nalgene

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Does anyone have any container recommendations for transporting alcohol (whisky/rum/vodka). I am doing a 7 day backpacking trip and am debating using the glass container OR like a nalgene lexan bottle and I couldnt find any beta on Nalgenes site regarding that. cry.gif

 

What do the pros use? What do the pros drink?

Gonna prob be having 151 and cocoa for the bulk of the trip unless one of you has some stellar recipe. cantfocus.gif

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You can buy most liquor already in plastic "traveler" bottles. Don't know about 151, but you can get regular 80 proof Bacardi, and Jack/Beam/etc in 750ml size travelers.

 

Here's your stellar recipe: 12 yr old single malt scotch, neat. bigdrink.gif

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I have always used soda bottles...

 

The recent scare over drinking/eating out of plastic had me thinking about what alternatives might be. It seems that the Sigg bottles have a "taste-inert, food compatible stove enamel which is baked on." thumbs_up.gif Seems like it should be good for booze. I don't know where to buy them though, other than in Europe.

 

Sigg website >english>sigg>production>

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The Nalge company, makers of Nalgene, got it's start making lab equipment chemistry for Chemistry/Biology. The Outdoor market was a crossover. They handle alcohol quite well.

 

If your looking for Sigg bottles Sierratradingpost.com always has them always, discounted.

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I always put alcohol in Nalgenes. Only thing I've noticed is that with stuff like red wine or whiskey, you have to work really hard to get the smell out of the cap.

 

I really like those small 1-2 oz Nalgene bottles. Perfect for packing just a summit shot.

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I once kept some family-recipe Tsipouro (like Ouzo, but stronger) in a 500 mL lexan for about a month. The bottle was basically unusable for the following month, it was so potent. It took about half a dozen week-long soaks before it was clean. I would think 151 would have a similar effect.

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Nice tips ALL, thanks for the info and cbs for the cool compatibility link. VERY intriguing!

Ill prob sacrafice a nalgene but for a better workout I might just keep it in the glass wrapped in duct tape.

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Empty gatorade jugs are cheap and easy to get. Take the money you save from not buying a nalgene and spend it on good booze - try Appleton Estate or Barbancort Rum, or if you want high test go for the 100+ proof (I forget how strong it is) Black Seal cantfocus.gif .

 

Life's too short to dink cheap booze- unless thats all there is...

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The cheapest soluition is an old plastic Jim Beam traveler or Old Crow botl dose as well as a $20flask. Just use the booze to make truffles or something if you want single malt or Knob Creek bigdrink.gif

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If you look up "polycarbonate" (Lexan) and "alcohol, ethyl" in the Chemical Compatibilty Web Page, you will find that the rating is Good meaning "Minor Effect, slight corrosion or discoloration." Polypropylene rates Excellent with ethyl alcohol, but only Fair with gasoline.

 

CBS-

Nalge's CC page lists the following

"Ethanol, 40% - Alcohol, Aliphatic

HDPE at 20C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

HDPE at 50C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

LDPE at 20C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

LDPE at 50C ..... Little or no damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

PC at 20C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

PC at 50C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

PP at 20C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

PP at 50C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

 

Ethanol, 70% - Alcohol, Aliphatic

HDPE at 20C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

HDPE at 50C ..... Little or no damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

LDPE at 20C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

LDPE at 50C ..... Little or no damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

PC at 20C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

PC at 50C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

PP at 20C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure.

PP at 50C ..... No damage after 30 days of constant exposure. "

 

PC= Polycarbonate

PP=Polypropylene

PE=Polyethylene Low & High Density

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Second the suggestion for gatorade or old plastic soda pop bottles. After you drain them you can crush them, thereby reducing the overall bulk in your pack.

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Second the suggestion for gatorade or old plastic soda pop bottles. After you drain them you can crush them, thereby reducing the overall bulk in your pack.

 

As long as they are cleaned out really well. You don't want to adversely impact the "body" of the liquor.

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I like the .5 liter platypus flexable bottles. There is a polyethelene liner inside, in turn there is not a funky taste to the booze.

These work great. I have a couple different ones for specific booze. The bottle also pack down well.

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I like the .5 liter platypus flexable bottles. There is a polyethelene liner inside, in turn there is not a funky taste to the booze.

These work great. I have a couple different ones for specific booze. The bottle also pack down well.

 

Yup. I have a 1L platy that is dedicated to red wine. Those fucks at Bumbershoot tried to take it from me, but I gave them "what for". boxing_smiley.gif

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For sipping good scotch, the .6 liter Sigg drink bottle is the way to go. The simple yet elegant mechanics of unscrewing the top aid in the contemplation of a fine sunset, and the pleasantly finished metal body cozies up nicely in your hand. Best of all, it won't ever leak in your pack and it is, as Snoboy noted, coated with an inside finish specifically designed to hold liquor. If you happen to be out with the Mountaineers, it looks like a fuel bottle and they won't take it away from you in the parking lot.

 

For backpacking, the platypus or equivalent seems the best way to go. It weighs very little and flattens to almost nothing once you empty it.

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If you happen to be out with the Mountaineers, it looks like a fuel bottle and they won't take it away from you in the parking lot.

 

Matt, dude, the Mountaineers will wait until you've hauled it up the mountain and *then* take it away from you. rolleyes.gif

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If weight's not an issue, you might wanna think about a Thermos. Personally, I use my little metal hip flask on day trips. For longer, I second the gatorade bottle...these boys obviously drink more than me and capacity's clearly an issue with the wee hip flask.

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If you're looking for a lightweight mix recipe, fill your bottle with vodka and get some powdered lemonade or kool-ade packets to mix with water and the booze on the trail. Just make sure it's the pre-sweetened kind-- I only made that mistake once!

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Good liquor is not for mixing. The main reason they invented coctails was to cover the taste of lousy prohibiiton era black-market spirits.

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