Is the Chum-Churum drinkable?
May 20, 2012 2:28 PM   Subscribe

Chum-Churum (19.5% alcohol made from sweet potato with added sugar and hfcs). Open, unrefrigerated bottle for 24 hours at room temperature, then refrigerated. Safe to drink? I'm saying it's totally fine. My friend has grave doubts.
posted by who squared to Food & Drink (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Alcohol is a preserver, it kills bacteria. You may intoxicate at no risk to your health.
posted by Tobu at 2:34 PM on May 20, 2012 [2 favorites]

Oh, yes, absolutely. Soju will keep for months and months without refrigeration.
posted by smorange at 2:35 PM on May 20, 2012

19.5% is about the level of an average wine, which would keep for a day or two. Most liqueur's with that alcohol content can be kept for months at room temperature.
posted by Akke at 2:40 PM on May 20, 2012 [1 favorite]

Most wine is actually even lower in alcohol, and I've had it at room temperature for nearly a week before.
posted by something something at 2:41 PM on May 20, 2012

It's totally fine. Even if it went bad, it would turn vinegary and you'd be able to smell it. I'm pretty sure you can't get food poisoning (like, where it looks/smells fine, but you get sick) from commercially made hard alcohol.
posted by Nibbly Fang at 2:57 PM on May 20, 2012

The problem with leaving red wine out isn't bacterial colonization, but that the components in the wine oxidize and separate out. A little of this is a good thing (part of why we use decanters) but a lot of it ruins the flavor.

It's still safe to drink, but you aren't going to enjoy it.

But on topic, I also think your chum-churum should be safe. Things like Apple Pucker and the various Schnapps contain a ton of sugar and low alcohol, but you can leave them out for a long time.
posted by sbutler at 3:10 PM on May 20, 2012

Best answer: It's nearly 40 proof. Most wine is 10-12% alcohol, so 20 proof.

It's fine. I would drink it.
posted by rtha at 3:12 PM on May 20, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thank you. I didn't think it was a problem. It's nice to have confirmation.
posted by who squared at 6:06 PM on May 20, 2012

Soju yes makkolli no
posted by bardic at 2:16 AM on May 21, 2012

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