Why does melted ice taste different than other water?



Page 1 of 1 [ 7 posts ] 

wigglyspider
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: Apr 23, 2009
Posts: 1285
Location: WA, USA

29 Nov 2009, 10:34 am

.. I looked on, like, Yahoo Answers or whateveritis, and everyone answered "because ice cubes are made from tap water!" durhurrrrr. All I drink is tap water. But tap water that used to have ice cubes in it still tastes different from tap water that had no ice. And it also tastes different from tap water that's been chilled (like in the fridge) but not frozen. AND icicles have the ice-water taste too, even though they're made from rain and not any kind of tap or processed water. So it's definitely an ice taste.
But why does the water still have the ice taste even after the ice has completely melted???

I thought you guys would be more likely to know than the general population. XD;


_________________
avatar photo: Mount Rainier

"You gotta keep making decisions, even if they're wrong decisions, you know. If you don't make decisions, you're stuffed." - Joe Simpson


digger1
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: Sep 12, 2007
Posts: 4002

29 Nov 2009, 11:22 am

could be that your freezer has stuff in it that's causing a taste.

or maybe the freezing process kills or deactivates some chemicals like fluoride or chlorine.



jawbrodt
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: Jan 26, 2008
Posts: 10616
Location: Eastern USA

29 Nov 2009, 11:44 am

""All water has some impurities in it, even water that tastes fine when you drink it. But when you freeze this same water into ice cubes, these impurities are magnified and can become noticeable, sometimes disgustingly so. So, even if the water in your house tastes good when you drink it, this same water can make stinky ice""


That seems to be the answer that fits best, assuming that the ice isn't absorbing something from your freezer. But, since you included icicles in the question, that eliminates the freezer issue, and would likely mean that whatever the taste is that's being magnified, is present in most types of water, even rainwater.

Hmm....the world may never know. :lol:


_________________
Those who speak, don't know.

Those who know, don't speak.


wigglyspider
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: Apr 23, 2009
Posts: 1285
Location: WA, USA

29 Nov 2009, 11:38 pm

Yes, it's in all ice I've ever tasted.. icicles and other frozen outdoor water, ice from restaurants, movie theaters, fast-food, ice from EVERY freezer I or my friends/family I've ever had. And it's not a taste that implies impurities or stagnation or anything like that, it's a clear taste. The taste is strongest when I chew the ice, I've noticed.
...it's driving me nuts! If it was ONLY in ice it wouldn't seem so weird, but the taste lingers in the water even when it returns to room temp! So strange.


_________________
avatar photo: Mount Rainier

"You gotta keep making decisions, even if they're wrong decisions, you know. If you don't make decisions, you're stuffed." - Joe Simpson


Audiophile
Deinonychus
Deinonychus

User avatar

Joined: Oct 31, 2009
Posts: 342
Location: Northern Illinois

30 Nov 2009, 1:43 am

You know, when water freezes it expands, so I'm guessing that in the expansion process it's also soaking up whatever is nearby. Icicles outside taste like what dirty siding smells like, if that makes sense. So for a project, take something like lemon juice in a bowl and put a bowl of water next to the lemon juice in a freezer with just those two things in it, see if the water sucks up the fumes from the lemon.

This sounds correct in my mind, but so does alot of other things that shouldn't.


_________________
If you eat two skittles at once, do you taste a double rainbow?


886
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: Jan 15, 2008
Posts: 6173
Location: SLC, Utah

30 Nov 2009, 10:51 am

ice frozen in my freezer can often come out tasting like... apple juice.. o_O

i've always pondered it, though, i often have to clean the ice maker.


_________________
If Jesus died for my sins, then I should sin as much as possible, so he didn't die for nothing.


Mazeut
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

User avatar

Joined: Nov 29, 2009
Posts: 36

01 Dec 2009, 11:13 am

Perhaps its not the taste of ice but the temperature. The cold numbs your taste buds preventing you from tasting anything beyond the sensation of cold and wet. Chewing would add an abrasive element to it that might further numb you.

Have you tried drinking melted ice that has been allowed to reach room temperature? If it retains the "clear" taste then my guess is completely wrong.



Display posts from previous:  Sort by  


Page 1 of 1 [ 7 posts ] 




You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum
Jump to: