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Bacteria/Mold/Whatever Growth in 49% ABV Rum?

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Bacteria/Mold/Whatever Growth in 49% ABV Rum?

davis_sq_pro | Sep 24, 2011 02:37 PM

I just found a bottled of Scarlet Ibis (49% ABV) in the back of my liquor cabinet that I'd opened up, removed a few ounces of, and forgotten about -- maybe a year ago. There are a number of little off-white blobs floating around in the bottle, which certainly weren't there before. I Googled around and most of the information is not only contradictory but also not at all authoritative (it's tough to trust anything found on Yahoo Answers).

Anyone here have any idea what could be going on? Were there a bit of particulate matter in the rum I would expect sediment at the bottom of the bottle, not floating around. Is it possible for any kind of organism to survive in such a high ABV environment? And if so, is it still safe to drink the stuff? Obviously I'd rather not send it down the drain!

Thanks all.

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