Can you freeze alcohol?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze alcohol?” Also, we’ll explore what are the implications of freezing alcohol, what types of alcoholic beverages can be frozen, what percentage of alcohol may be stored in the freezer, and how alcohol can be stored. 

 Can you freeze alcohol

Alcohol can be stored in a freezer, depending on its percentage (or proof units), and the type of beverage. 

In the strict sense, pure, 100% (200-proof) alcohol cannot be frozen in a conventional fridge. This is because pure ethanol has a solidifying temperature of -114.1°C (-173°F), a temperature far below any that a domestic or commercial freezer can reach. 

Naturally, the higher the percentage of alcohol in a solution or beverage, the lower the temperature at which it’ll solidify. 

Beverages and solutions with 5% to 10% alcohol freeze at temperatures lower than -4°C, while beverages with 15% to 20% freeze beneath -9°C, and spirits with 40% freeze at -23°C and lower. 

Therefore, users should calculate the temperature at which it’s best for them to store a particular liquor or spirit, and whether or not it’ll freeze solid in their freezer. 

However, it should be noted that not all spirits should be frozen. This is the case for those that are aged in casks, and part of their appeal rests on the complex flavors conveyed to them by the aging process. 

Below, we’ll discuss what are a few implications of freezing alcohol. 

What are the implications of freezing alcohol?

The implications of freezing alcohol vary between the types of spirits. 

For example, beverages with low-alcohol content such as beer, cider, and wine may completely solidify if they’re left unattended in the freezer. Freezing may alter their quality, as some drinks may lose their fizz and bubbles. This is because when the liquid freezes, the ice pushes out the air (bubbles) dissolved in it. 

Also freezing beverages with low alcohol may confer a slushy and unappealing texture to them, which will be difficult to serve. 

Beer and other low-volume alcohols that are packaged in cans and glass bottles may burst when frozen, due to their dizziness and the pressure. 

Other beverages with higher alcohol, such as Bailey’s and other creamy liqueurs are not ideal for freezing, as subzero temperatures separate the creamy components into phases and destroy the beverage’s texture. 

Higher-proof spirits that are aged in barrels are also unideal for freezing. These include cognac, whiskey, tequila, gin, etc. Aging a spirit in a barrel conveys complex flavors and aromas, many of which are susceptible to degradation at low temperatures. 

As a result, storing a lavish bottle of liquor in the freezer may have quite a destructive outcome 

What types of alcoholic beverages can be frozen? 

Spirits and beverages that can be stored in the freezer to be kept chilled include: vodka, everclear and other types of grain alcohols. 

Some liqueurs and pre-made cocktail mixes can withstand low temperatures, so long as they don’t solidify or have any components that can separate when chilled. 

What percentage of alcohol may be stored in the freezer? 

Beverages with 30% alcohol or less freeze at temperatures of -15°C and lower, ergo, these are not suitable for sub zero storage 

Alcoholic solutions with concentrations of 40% or more can be stored at subzero temperatures that are higher than -23°C, as 40% alcohol turns solid below this temperature. 

How can I store alcohol

While most distilleries and brands provide storage instructions on the labels of their products, we’ll review a few important guidelines. 

Aged spirits with complex flavors are ideally stored in cabinets and pantries, at room temperature and tightly sealed to reduce the risk of evaporation.

Alcohol such as vodka and everclear can be kept in the freezer, although they can also be stored at room temperature and mixed with ice to chill them. 

Wine can be stored at room temperature and bottles are best laid on their side, or slightly tilted to soak the cork and promote the exchange of gasses that favors aging. 

Caches of beer can be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight, but are best enjoyed chilled before they’re consumed. Beer cans and bottles can be chilled by laying them in a cooler, filled with ice or by keeping them in refrigeration.  

However, once chilled, beer bottles should be kept cool, as letting them warm conveys a particularly unpalatable flavor, due to oxidation.

Here at the whole portion, we urge our readers to consume alcohol responsibly, and to always keep it out of reach from children and minors.

We encourage moderate consumption of all spirits and beverages, and if our readers suspect that if they, or someone they know is suffering from alcoholism, they should reach out to local support groups and resources for treatment and guidance.   

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze alcohol?” Also, we’ve explored what are the implications of freezing alcohol, what types of alcoholic beverages can be frozen, what percentage of alcohol may be stored in the freezer, and how alcohol can be stored. 

References

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https://science.howstuffworks.com/does-alcohol-freeze.htm

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https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-use-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20369243

https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm#:~:text=There%20are%20some%20people%20who,skill%2C%20coordination%2C%20and%20alertness.

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