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Snooth User: czarina908

In search of a easy to clean decanter

Posted by czarina908, Aug 3, 2014.

The thread on stupid decanters got me thinking about my own decanter problem.  I own one of those broad based, narrow necked decanters.  It's pretty but not practical because its hard to keep clean.

Can anyone recommend a practical decanter that is shaped more like a pitcher?  I was thinking of something like this from Crate and Barrel:

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/brew-...

but would this be good for aerating wine? Any suggestions on a similar design that is easy to clean and a bit more elegant under $40?

Thanks!

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Reply by outthere, Aug 3, 2014.

Just buy some of these and keep your decanter. Cleans it out in a matter of minutes. Just swirl them around with a little water.

 

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Reply by dvogler, Aug 3, 2014.

OT, is that caviar?

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Reply by gregt, Aug 3, 2014.

Yes. OT felt that the Czarina should be able to order it up by the truckload. In fact, the Russian ruble just got a new symbol. The populace "voted" on it. The Russian government apparently felt that the reason Russian currency wasn't a major player in international markets was the lack of a good symbol. Now of course, based on the strength and dynamism of their economy, it is very likely to become the dominant world currency. And completely by accident, to western eyes the cyrillic symbol, which is an "R" looks like a "P". But since there's nobody with a "P" in his name that comes to mind, it must be coincidence.

http://rt.com/business/ruble-has-its-own-sign-038/

Anyway, for cleaning you need about a pound of ossetra for each decanter and the palace has many decanters so there will be something fishy about the place as this stuff gets used. I use it regularly. Here's a pretty good price:

http://caviarlover.com/product/royal-ossetraschrenckii/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwu_eeBRCL3_zm8aOtvvkBEiQApfIbGFJu2o8s3d5aMC56pYy6Nkftx2mmTCUVdjpDDawCf7oaAujq8P8HAQ

Alternatively, just use a long chopstick and a sponge or dishrag. Works perfectly and it will cost $.0 or .

And pay attention to how you store your decanter. If you don't use it daily, it will pick up flavors from your cabinet, box, or whatever else you put it in. So rinse it before using. I do that my wine glasses too because they pick up flavors.

When I lived in Chicago, we were over a restaurant and there would be roaches sometimes. I rinsed every plate, bowl, cup, glass, piece of silverware, and pot before using.

Or, if you're going to spend a few bucks anyway, use one of these which you can get at WalMart or Target:


http://www.target.com/p/oxo-tot-bottle-brush/-/A-14710929?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=google_pla_df&LNM=14710929&CPNG=Baby&kpid=14710929&LID=9pgs&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=14710929&kpid=14710929&gclid=Cj0KEQjwu_eeBRCL3_zm8aOtvvkBEiQApfIbGGk-1QiWKVnM5BBhzifdm-8yKWDcp0vu3Zs72mt2d5saAmR98P8HAQ

or

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/franmara-9190-17-1-2-wine-decanter-brush-with-foam-flex-head/2089190.html?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=GoogleShopping&gclid=Cj0KEQjwu_eeBRCL3_zm8aOtvvkBEiQApfIbGIrEcso_PwJwUKCbFa5jrqZpjnftSrTHP39e-gKHm6EaAvAQ8P8HAQ

And finally, yes, you can use the pitcher. Or a coffee pot. Or something similar. If the idea is to beat in some air, pour it in the middle of the decanter, not carefully down the side. The surface area isn't going to make a lot of difference over the course of the consumption. The pouring and splashing will incorporate whatever air is going to matter. The main virtue of the wide bottom is that it is harder to tip the decanter over.

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 3, 2014.

Only if you're a robot who likes the 'pop' from crunching a good ballbearing, DV!

Thing is, Czarina, you often don't want to 'aerate' that wine too much (esp. an older bottle of wine with sediment), so that's only one reason why you want a narrower neck.

 

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Reply by outthere, Aug 3, 2014.

Seriously, I have these same decanter cleaning beads and, before I broke it, the same wide based decanter. They work like a dream.

See...

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Reply by EMark, Aug 3, 2014.

What got into GregT?  Somebody give him more.  That was hilarious.

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Reply by dvogler, Aug 3, 2014.

Greg is going to give the wine-comic a run for his money!

Greg, I had the Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva old vine 2006 last night.  Darn good.

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 4, 2014.

OT, you didn't break the decenter from shaking the metal beads around too aggressively, did you?

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Reply by czarina908, Aug 4, 2014.

Thanks for the feedback, guys.  The biggest problem is that the wine stains in the base of my decanter are about 6 months old.  I'm worried they'll be tough, if not impossible, to get out.  Which is the best tool?

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Reply by cma238, Aug 4, 2014.

A DIY solution: 


Fill the decanter with water, some rice, and a wee bit of soap. Cover the top of the decanter with your hand and shake the daylights out of it! The rice should do a fine job of removing residue without scratching. 

If all else fails, I've been known to use a pipe cleaner (the kind you can obtain from a craft store)! 

 

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Reply by outthere, Aug 4, 2014.

"Thanks for the feedback, guys.  The biggest problem is that the wine stains in the base of my decanter are about 6 months old.  I'm worried they'll be tough, if not impossible, to get out.  Which is the best tool?"

Use the beads I linked to. Couldn't be easier. Will look like new in a matter of minutes. Remember the picture I posted of my decanter yesterday?

See the red haze?

Well I just finished running the beads through it with some warm water. Less than 2 minutes

Nuff said. Just be sure to hold on tight while you swirl it all around. Yes Dmcker, I broke my decanter while cleaning it because I was not holding on tight enough! Dropped it right in the sink.

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Reply by outthere, Aug 4, 2014.

Got me thinking what else I could demo them on. Then it hit me, the coffee pot!

Before:

 

After:

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Reply by dvogler, Aug 4, 2014.

OT- did you do your tile with the beads too?  :)  Look at the first decanter shot versus the clean decanter shot.  You aren't SELLING these beads are you?  :) :)

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Reply by outthere, Aug 4, 2014.

No change in the countertop just camera variations.

 Not for a profit. Surprised there were any questions.

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Reply by dvogler, Aug 4, 2014.

OT- I was only kidding!


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