Milk in a thermos?

Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by chroot, Jan 5, 2003.

  1. chroot Crackpot killer

    So I'm new to the concept of thermoses.

    I purchased my inaugural thermos today, along with a can of Ghiaridelli hot chocolate mix and a quart of 2% milk. I intended to make a quart of steaming, delicious hot chocolate to enoy throughout my night of astronomical observing up in the chilly mountains.

    Well, I cleaned out the new stainless steel thermos the best I could (poured some boiling water into it, etc.), made the hot chocolate in a small pot straight out of the dishwasher, and put the resuling hot chocolate in the thermos. I tasted the hot chocolate a couple of times during its heating, and thought it tasted good.

    Well... later on in the evening, I pulled out my thermos, poured a cup, and prepared myself for tastebud bliss. But the hot chocolate... just didn't taste good. It tasted a bit sour, like the milk was bad (it wasn't). It also made me feel a little queasy after drinking it, though perhaps it was only psychosomatic. I opted out of the other three cups in the thermos, and decided not to offer anyone else any.

    Now, here's my question: does hot milk go bad? Certainly, if you leave milk on the counter overnight, it spoils; but this is due to the action of aerobic bacteria that need oxygen. In a sealed thermos, there isn't much oxygen, so the milk shouldn't spoil... or should it?

    Am I a retard for storing milk-based hot chocolate in a thermos for a couple of hours? Should I stick to water-based hot chocolate in the future? What did I do wrong?!?!

    - The Chocolate-Deprived Astronomer
  2. wesmorris Nerd Overlord - we(s):1 of N

    Maybe it's just that hot milk tastes bad? That's why we drink it cold?
  3. sycoindian myxomatosis>

    or someone just sold ya a piece of shit thermos.. ehehhe.. :D
  4. reformedtopunk got punk?

    I've had thermoses make drinks taste like metal before, and i'm guessing thats what happened with your thermos.
  5. Bebelina Female Messiah

    Reformed, that is normal. Hot chocolate in a thermos tastes a bit sour after a while, don't know why though. I have experienced this many times through my horrible schoolyears filled with endless meaningsless outdoors days.
    Haven't tried with only milk though, try that and mix in the chocolate when you are going to drink it, maybe it tastes better then..?
  6. (Q) Encephaloid Martini

    Perhaps the milk did not spoil but instead curdled. Quite common.
  7. chroot Crackpot killer

    Spoil, curdle -- whatever. If you get the milk too hot (nearly boiling) it will curdle, right? I don't think I did that... but it was steaming pretty good when I took it off the stove.

    - Warren
  8. pumpkinsaren'torange Registered Senior Member

    :mad: :bugeye: :D

    good lord, the enzymes in the milk are going to have a hey day with the lining of the thermos...
  9. chroot Crackpot killer

    It's stainless steel... I took that to mean, roughly, non-reactive.

    - Warren
  10. chroot Crackpot killer

    Should I try the hot chocolate trick again tonight? :-x

    What should I do differently?

    - Warren
  11. UberDragon The Freak at the Computer

    That's what you get for buying 2% milk!!
  12. chroot Crackpot killer

    What kind of milk should I use? Skim?? Skim doesn't taste good to me, in cereal anyway.

    - Warren
  13. UberDragon The Freak at the Computer

    use one and a half or one percent because 2% tastes like snot anyway.
  14. reformedtopunk got punk?

    2%?!:bugeye: no way! go with WHOLE MILK! the rest tastes like shit! (IMHO)
  15. (Q) Encephaloid Martini


    The only reason I can think is that you somehow managed to get something acidic into the milk causing it to curdle.

    Get out the litmus paper. :D
  16. EvilPoet I am what I am


    Do you still have the all the paperwork (directions, warrenty,
    etc) that came with the thermos? If so, look and see if it says
    something about it there. If not, perhaps there is a costomer
    service number you can call so you can ask them directly. If
    anyone should know they should. :)
  17. chroot Crackpot killer

    Well, I made hot chocolate again last night -- with skim milk and a different kind of chocolate. It came out nice. I have the feeling the other chocolate I bought just didn't taste good......

    - Warren
  18. Zero Banned

    How about if milk just plain goes bad unless you freeze it? I doubt if you can stop the 'aging' of milk otherwise.
  19. EvilPoet I am what I am

    Warren: Good, glad it worked out. :)

    One last thing before I jump out of this thread. This is
    something I try to keep in mind when dealing with any
    perishable type food - when in doubt throw it out.
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