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Old 12-20-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Mulled Cider and Alcohol Evaporation

Seasons greetings fellow HBTers,

So the SWMBO and I are hosting our christmas party tonight, and as per tradition, I'm making a mulled cider. This usually includes some combination of cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, apfelwein (~9% abv), regular apple juice, and some nice spiced rum. It's delicious, especially when it simmers for a long while.

I didn't really think about this last year, and not that it is really a concern, but what kind of alcohol loss would I experience when heating the cider and also keeping it hot for an extended period of time?

I know the key temperature for alcohol vaporization is 175 F (79 C), and the rate also depends on the length of time too.

I've found charts like this one:
Dr. Tim Says : Cooking with Alcohol
But I've also found some info that suggests it could take even longer.

In the end, it doesn't much matter to me - but has anyone had similar thoughts?

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