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Do you decant your canned soda beverages before partaking?

I know someone who refuses to drink soda straight from the can.

And it's not for fear of the germs touching them lips, he believes soda benefits from "breathing".

I find this odd.

But then I find many things odd -- like people's aversion to salt and MSG (but that's a whole different thread entirely.)

So, I ask my fellow 'Hounds ... do you decant? If you don't decant, do you find it odd that someone would insist on decanting a canned soda?

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  1. I have never thought to decant soda and have always felt it starts losing a bit of that refreshing crispness almost as soon as it's open. I like my soda a few degrees above freezing (some ice chunks are not necessarily a bad thing) and popping with that carbonated goodness.

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    1. re: MonMauler

      +1.

    2. I do both, and I like soda both ways...

      I have to agree with your friend, though because they are two completely different experiences...soda definitely tastes different from a glass

      1. I prefer my soda out of the can, over ice. Not because I think it benefits from "breathing" but because it gives me fewer belches that way. :-D

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        1. re: jujuthomas

          You decant wine, but you decan soda.

          Cheers!

          1. re: FishTales

            Good one!

        2. Definitely need to have my soda in a glass. Not because it needs to breath, but because I just can't swallow the bubbles right from the can. I feel like I'm choking.

          1. Once I got a soda from a machine and it had a bee in it that was still alive. Barely alive, but still wriggling a little bit. It was caramel colored.

            I happen to like eating bees so I have continued to drink straight from the can.

            1. I know a couple people are afraid of aluminum cans due to the bogus link to Alzheimer.

              I like soda from the can. I do not like soda on the rocks.

              1. If I pour it out (not my preference) it's only because the soda is too warm for my taste, and needs a glass and an ice cube or two. I agree with MonMauler re. "the colder, the better" temp, straight from the can.

                I don't think the decanting itself is odd so much as his reason, but de gustibus and all that.

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                1. re: pinehurst

                  You and me both :)

                2. I decan, but not to allow it to breathe. I just don't like drinking out of a can. And mom always said it's best to see the cockroaches before you drink them ;)

                  1. Usually... I don't like drinking straight out of the can unless I have a straw. But even then I'm really not a big fan of bubbles/fizz. If you pour it into a glass from a height you can cut the carbonation by about 50% before you drink it. I'll also drink half the can and leave the other half in the fridge opened for a day or so, then drink it when the fizz is almost entirely gone.

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                    1. re: Kajikit

                      Sacrilege!!!!! ;)

                    2. Don't drink much soda- when I do it is Tab in a can. Has to be really cold. Nothing like tasting the mixture of the aluminum can along with all the fake ingredients in the Tab. Now you have me craving a can. Hard to find, but so good!!

                      1. I very rarely drink soda but the fewer glasses I have to wash, the better. Out of the can.

                        1. We have cut way back on our diet soda intake but for some reason I recently began drinking soda from a glass instead of right out of the can. Mostly it's because we stopped keeping the soda in the refrigerator and it sits on top of the clothes dryer. But now, even if the soda is cold out of the refrigerator I'll still pour it into a glass over ice.

                          Oh, I would never refer to the action of pouring soda into a glass as 'decanting'.

                          1. What gaffk said. I pour it into a glass because I want to see the contents of the can before I start drinking. I've never actually run into a cigarette butt or a mouse part, but I'm not taking any chances in case the stories are true.

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                            1. re: Samalicious

                              I did actually pour out some plastic wrap from a Pepsi can a few decades ago. I was impressed when I called the 800 number they provide (back when you actually spoke to a human being). They sent a collection box to me to send the can and plastic to them for QA to inspect (and, of course, lots of free coupons).

                            2. I like the diluted taste of melted ice in my soda and then I can drink it faster, so I usually add water to fresh soda... it streteches the soda from 12 oz to 16 oz.

                              1. I drink canned soda, maybe three times per year.

                                When I do, I usually drink from the can.

                                Hunt

                                1. ok.silly and strange.i always pour the soda from the can into a glass..no reason......not to decant, not to get rid of fizz, not because of fear of germs.( Drink beer from a can) I just like it like that. And wierder........I like soft drinks in plastic glasses, liquor drinks in glass

                                  Can I survive without the above requirements?..of course.they are just quirky preferences. (But don't get too close to me on a full-moon......rofl)

                                  1. given my preference:

                                    poured into a glass (glass not plastic)
                                    over ice (crushed is nice but not necessary)
                                    without a straw,
                                    freshly opened.

                                    And yes, i believe that soda from a glass bottle is better tasting than soda from a can or plastic bottle. I doubt I could really taste the difference, but given my choice. . .

                                    this doesn't mean that it is the way i always drink it, but again, given a choice

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                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                      And yes, i believe that soda from a glass bottle is better tasting than soda from a can or plastic bottle. I doubt I could really taste the difference, but given my choice. . .
                                      _______________

                                      A former colleague of mine insisted on Evian from a glass bottle because he claimed he could taste the plastic in plastic bottles.

                                    2. A standard 12 ounce can of soda is too much for me these days, so I usually pour out about half and let someone else have the rest. It's easier to add lemons to the glass, and you don't hit the tip of your nose on the can.

                                      1. I rarely drink soda - but prefer it in a glass over ice when I do.

                                        No, I don't think your friend is odd nor other folks who also decan sodas into a glass. As for the "breathing", as others here mention, it cuts down on the carbonation which I personally find is a good thing. (Completely flat soda on the other hand is not the desired goal)

                                        In a related vein, I'll drink beer out of the can or straight from the bottle in a bar bar, but in a glass if at a fancy hotel bar or at home.

                                        1. With a meal, I pour it into a glass ( if a glass is available). Walking around? Straight from the can.

                                          No straw, no ice, sometimes not even refrigerated.

                                          But never, ever flat.

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                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                            I ALWAYS drink my soda out of a glass over ice. Partly this is because I don't usually keep them (or indeed, any bottled beverage that does not require it) in the refrigerator so I need the glass and ice to make it cold. But mostly it's because I find it is easier on my stomach. If I pour it into a glass, not only do I remove a good portion of the bubbles but change where those bubbles will break. From a glass, most of the bubbles will break in my mouth and I'll simply breate them out. Whereas direct from the can (or, given the brands of soda I usually buy, the bottle) the stream of the liquid basically goes straight down my throat, and most of the bubbles break in my somach which causes gas pains (which are bad) or even make it to my intestines (which is worse). In fact there are some beverages where, if the bottle they come in is plastic, I'll actually "vent" the beverage before I even put it in the glass. That is, I'll turn the cap just enough to break the seal, press the sides of the bottle to drive out the CO2 and air, twist the cap back in place, shake the bottle, and repeat until I've driven something like 90% of the carbonation off.

                                          2. No I don't worry about that as I probably drink less than 5 or 6 sodas a YEAR.

                                            1. At a picnic or some other casual place, I'll drink from the can. But I prefer to pour the beverage over ice in a tall glass.

                                              We've grown to like those half sized cans. One serving, and that's all I want to drink most of the time anyway.

                                              1. I read a news story, years ago, about a guy who found a rat in his soda bottle. He didn't so much as "find" it, really, as "had it bump up against his lips." The thought of a slimy rat carcass sloshing around makes me decant (or "decan," haha) every time. I also feel like those cans get exposed to all sorts of things, sitting around in factories, so I'd rather have my mouth on the drinking glass that I cleaned myself.

                                                1. Lol, decant. It sounds so classy. I do, sometimes, if I am in the mood and if I have ice in the freezer. If I do decant it must be over ice. Sometimes I just prefer to suck diet coke out of the can.

                                                  1. I am going to drink it out of the can because I like the fizziness. Poured into a glass and you lose that. Schweppes ginger ale is my drink of choice but I don't drink much soda anyway

                                                    1. I'm popping the tab on an ice cold diet coke within five seconds of getting out of bed every morning. Normally drink two before leaving for work. Always straight out of the can. I don't like it diluted with ice. Despise fountain drinks.

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                                                      1. re: kengk

                                                        That means you have a fridge about two feet from your bed. Wow.

                                                        1. re: huiray

                                                          I am ashamed of my gross misrepresentation. Just to see how badly I lied,I went and sat on my bed, counted "one Mississippi, two Mississippi etc." as I walked from there to my refrigerator and found that it took me up to "eight Mississippi" until I actually took the first sip.

                                                          1. re: kengk

                                                            Next time count one Missouri,, two Missouri, then you can get to the refrigerator quicker

                                                          2. re: huiray

                                                            Confession: In my dorm room, I had my mini-fridge serve as a bedside table. For practical purposes and also so I wouldn't forget to grab soda/water/whatever before I ran to class.

                                                            1. re: Stelmaria

                                                              don't feel bad i knew a guy who had a mini fridge as one bedside table and a mini freezer on the other.

                                                              sadly he died of complications from obesity and diabetes at age 42.

                                                        2. I love love love the bubbles that boil up into the air when you take your first sip of a freshly 'decanned' glass of cold Vernors. The bubbles always make me cough.

                                                          1. Absolutely. I don't care for soda directly from the can, so I pour mine over crushed ice, every last time. Oddly enough though, bottled soda is no problem as-is..

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                                                            1. re: mamachef

                                                              That's because it somehow seems less uncivilized drunk from a bottle rather than a can. :-)

                                                              1. re: huiray

                                                                I guess that must be it - unless said beverage happens to be beer, in which case a glass is the only acceptable method of conveyance, with apologies to all the bottled-beer drinkers out there.

                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                  i have to drink my beer from the bottle - because it gets warm too quickly in a glass - and for me beer needs (MUST) be cold. :)

                                                            2. I go along with MonMauler, but my wife doesn't like the heavy carbonation of modern sodas, so she like to open her soda and allow it to sit to "flatten" a bit.

                                                              1. By the way, remember the Mythbusters episode where they "busted" the myth that rats could contaminate the tops of soda cans? http://mythbustersresults.com/hidden-...

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                                                                1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                  I saw and loved that episode, Graydon....in these parts, we're still trying to get over the episode where they rigged a cannon and shot the cannonball directly into a house, doing major damage and scaring the occupants halfway to death!

                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                    I don't remember the soda can mythbusters episode - was that the same one where they added candies to the 2 liter bottle to make soda rockets?

                                                                    Mama, I'm sure the cannonball incident was super scary! what a mess.

                                                                  2. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                    Where were you 10 years ago?? My sister-in-law had a major hissy fit over this one. We were both packing coolers with pop to go home with, and I unknowingly took her washed cans - which were right next to the unwashed cans. Major scold alert! She has issues......

                                                                  3. Cold - can
                                                                    Warm - glass over ice.
                                                                    But, to be honest, I think we drink more soda from plastic bottles than from cans these days.

                                                                    1. I like my soda poured from a can or plastic into one of those glasses with crystals that are frozen. Awesomely cold and no ice to dilute.

                                                                      1. I think using the words "soda" and "decant" in the same paragraph is, well, absurd. No, I do not decant. I rarely drink soda and when I do, it is on a road trip so dirtying a separate cup is not gonna happen.

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                                                                        1. re: tcamp

                                                                          I thought so too, until I looked up the defination of decant.

                                                                        2. I generally do not drink soda straight from the can (in fact I avoid canned soda if bottled is available).
                                                                          I do believe there is a benefit in decanting the soda by pouring it into a glass. I end up with less gas bubbles. The carbonation gets a chance to dissapate when poured into the glass, PLUS I prefer my beverage over ice.

                                                                          Secondly, there is a minor second benefit in decanting, although it might be psychologocal not actual. My teeth and tastebuds are sensitive to foods that have been wrapped/stored in aluminum. I can taste the foil wrapper on chocolates. I never eat a Hershey's kiss for that reason, use wax paper not aluminum foil when wrapping food (then place into a bag or sealed container). Letting the soda breathe in a glass eliminates that oerceived aluminum taste and tooth sensitivity.

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                                                                          1. re: bagelman01

                                                                            Besides - it's just...more...civilized. :-)

                                                                          2. Well, it's hard to add the Jack Daniels if you dont take it out of the can ;)

                                                                            LOL no, usually if it is cold, I keep it in the can, after pouring out a "triubute" to the kids (i.e. their share) since we dont usually drink a whole soda.

                                                                            That said, the very few sodas I do have every year tend to mostly be Mexican coca-cola and therefore come in a bottle.

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                                                                            1. re: PenskeFan

                                                                              I have heard about Mexican Coca-Cola.......sweeter? Is it easy to find in the US?

                                                                              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                In the Twin Cities Mexican coke is available in just about every grocery store. There are Hispanic food aisles and there is Mexican Coke as well as soda bottled in Mexico. We also have a lot of small Hispanic grocery stores.

                                                                                Yesterday, while decanting a soda, I think I invented a new flavor of Coca Cola. I am going to contact Coke to see if they are interested in bottling it. We are spending some time at our cabin in the woods of northern Minnesota. We have no running water, no phone (who needs a phone?) and no electricity. Last night I scooped some ice out of the cooler, put it in a cup and poured Coke Zero over the ice. I took a sip and realized I invented "Smoked Coke" or maybe "BBQ Coke". The cooler contained a smoked beef brisket and the smoke flavor got into the ice. I have not yet decided if it's a good flavor to try again or not. Anyone up for Bacon Coke?

                                                                                1. re: John E.

                                                                                  John, isn't smoked coke called crack? ;-)

                                                                                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                    You're right. My first instinct was to call it BBQ Coke and someone else suggested Smoked Coke. I have to learn to trust my instincts. ; )

                                                                                2. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                  You can find it in WalMart, Kroger, and Costco in Texas. Just look for a coke bottle with the nutrition label pasted on, not printed. It is stronger and made with real sugar.

                                                                                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                    It doesnt really taste sweeter, it just tastes, I dont know, better or fresher. It is made with real sugar , not HFCS. It reminds me a little of the taste of Jolt cola back last time I had it a few decades ago

                                                                                3. IMO Moxie soda tastes better after "decanting".

                                                                                   
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                                                                                  1. re: Kholvaitar

                                                                                    Actually, Moxie is better after a few minutes of respirating.

                                                                                    1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                      Take it from a southerner living in Northern Maine...

                                                                                      ...Moxie is some sick shit you people drink!!

                                                                                      1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                        Some years ago, Felton & Fowler's Best, Worst, and Most Unusual books called Diet Moxie the worst soft drink ever.

                                                                                  2. I don't drink soda as much as I used to, but I usually do decant - more often than not, unless I'm travelling by car.

                                                                                    I like it in a glass with lots of ice. My wife is of the opinion that I don't like beverages as much as I like beverages with ice.

                                                                                    1. I pour it into a glass only because I like ice in my soda.

                                                                                      I drink beer straight from the can/bottle. No fear.

                                                                                      1. I do because I want ice in it. Soda that is not ice cold tastes like cotton to me. It isn't refreshing and is hard to get down.

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                                                                                        1. re: Nanzi

                                                                                          I don't drink pop but I do drink the odd canned beer. Same issues apply. I like to first see what I'm about to ingest so I 'decant'. You don't loose much carbon dioxide if you gently pour into a wet/cold glass. You may be surprised to learn what people have discovered in the bottom of aluminum cans when they were empty.
                                                                                          I also take my hat off in doors.

                                                                                        2. Rarely drink sodas, but when I do, I want them in a glass bottle. Getting harder and harder to find same, but in San Antonio & her environs, we do find "Mexican Coke" (made
                                                                                          with cane sugar, not corn syrup) and I do like those icy from the freezer and straight from the bottle. Also love the "little"
                                                                                          bottles of coke and Dr. Pepper that are sometimes available around here.

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                                                                                          1. re: amazinc

                                                                                            Coca-Cola swears that they put the same stuff into the little bottles as the big bottles, but there must be something different about the carbonation, air contact, or something, because they sure do taste different!