||To cap or not to cap, a bottle pourer question. Bartenders?
Joined: Mar 24, 2002
From: 1st website dedicated to Tiki Gardens
|Posted: 2004-08-02 5:14 pm  Permalink|
Ok heres a question. I've recieved several packs of Bottle pourers and Speed Pourers as gifts. And I do like to accuracy and utility of them.
But the question nagging in the back of my mind is this. If I put a bottle with a speed pourer that doesn't have a cap on the end, do I have to worry about evaporation? And do I have to worry if someone tosses an unwrapped onion in the fridge, will my precious Sailor Jerry taste like Onion Sailor Jerry?
Any bartenders have the answers to my nagging questions?
PS sorry if this should be in the Tiki Drinks section, feel free to move it. After reading the Tiki Drinks description, it kinda seemed like this might not belong there. Maybe beyond tiki?
[ This Message was edited by: TikiGardener on 2004-08-02 17:17 ]
Joined: Apr 03, 2002
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
|Posted: 2004-08-02 5:42 pm  Permalink|
Evaporation may not be the issue, but bugs! An "open" liquor bottle will get little bugs in it. I am not sure what kind they are. Look like tiny fruit flies. But you will occasionally get them if the bottle is open, even with a pourer in it.
"Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant" the book
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Joined: Feb 18, 2003
From: Bay Area
|Posted: 2004-08-02 5:55 pm  Permalink|
I agree on the bugs.
I once ordered a Pimm's and Gin at a place in Salem, Oregon that didn't move a lot of Pimm's - I got the "last shot" as the waitress said, which came with exactly 12 fruit flies in it.
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
|Posted: 2004-08-02 6:23 pm  Permalink|
Bring out the caps for entertaining so you can save time and look like a pro, but save the original caps and recap the bottles when the party's over so the flies don't have their own party.
Joined: Oct 08, 2003
|Posted: 2004-08-02 7:38 pm  Permalink|
A restaurant I used to work in would put aluminum foil over the pourers at the end of the night.
[ This Message was edited by: Kono on 2004-08-02 20:16 ]
Joined: Jun 28, 2003
From: Fort Lauderdale, FL
|Posted: 2004-08-02 7:56 pm  Permalink|
Here's to the flies! They died a magnificent death!
<Cybertiki raises his glass>
Stay on the beach. The natives over there are cannibals.
They eat liars with the same enthusiasm as they eat honest men.
Joined: Apr 23, 2003
|Posted: 2004-08-02 8:21 pm  Permalink|
I keep pourers on all my bottles, but with a type that incorperates little removable caps to protect the spout when not in use. I had a hell of a time finding new ones with caps, so I ended up going to the hardware store and buying a handfull of Vacuum tube caps the right size, about a nickle a piece.
Joined: Jul 12, 2004
|Posted: 2004-08-03 05:39 am  Permalink|
The vacuum line covers are a great idea. If you want to be extra careful, there are pourers available with screens in them to keep the bugs out.
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
|Posted: 2004-08-04 10:36 am  Permalink|
Pourers should be ok on the drinks bugs don't like, such as gin. I assume they go for the sweet stuff.
Joined: Jun 06, 2003
|Posted: 2004-08-04 11:10 am  Permalink|
At my hotel, they use cellophane sheets, 9x9 inch sheets called Roll-O-Sheets.
They’re the easiest solution for the problem and they are disposable. No mess and they are not really that visible.
I don’t use them at my tiki bar because I never keep fruit lying around, where the obvious fruit flies come from.
Evaporation has never been a problem.
Joined: Aug 01, 2004
From: Shinola, California
|Posted: 2004-08-14 11:04 pm  Permalink|
The little scurges you refer to is the common Drain Fly.
They do like sweets, but will go for anything. They are a Fruit Fly, but not the kind that ruin intire industires, like the Med Fly, Mex Fly or Oriental Fruit Fly.
They can be trapped in a item called a McPhail Trap, which uses yeast to attract the little blighters to the jar, and once in...they can't get out.
(Sinister Laughter Here_
A vile pest called Apple Maggot is interesting as it has a pattern on it's wings which when viewed upside-down looks like a large spider. The fly even moves its wings in such a way to look like large spider and intimidate would-be preditors.
Joined: Dec 17, 2003
From: sultry south arlington,tx
|Posted: 2004-08-16 4:18 pm  Permalink|
I helped a friend of mine with his restaurants bar.A really effective solution for the flies is wipe the bottles down with bleach water.Wash the caps in really hot water to get the crud out and put them back on the bottles.Wiping downs the botlles each night masks the scent of the hooch and deters the flies.If that fails cover with pieces of foil or replace the caps.