View Full Version : Beware the tainted plonk!

07-10-2011, 09:44 PM
Or at least, train your dog (http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/868722-bloodhound-louisa-belle-trained-to-be-wine-tester) to recognize it so you can avoid it. :)

Dan McFeeley
07-10-2011, 10:35 PM
My elderly rescue hound loves beer, has discerning tastes (his favorite is Guinness), but embarrased me once on a walk -- there was an empty Bud light bottle on the sidewalk, he caught a whiff and started making his licking his chops sounds meaning he wants BEER!


07-11-2011, 12:52 AM
I hope you had a talk with that dog, I mean...budweiser? No way Jose. :)

But can he recognize a tainted plonk? Then I'll be impressed. ;D

I've had my sister's two dogs since November and they LOVE brewing days. They lick up every drop and would lap it out of the bucket if I let them. Especially the beer.

Tannin Boy
07-11-2011, 05:28 AM
But can he recognize a tainted plonk? Then I'll be impressed. ;D

My Britney could do that ;D Sadly none to be found in the house >:(


07-11-2011, 08:02 AM
My old dog could drink a full 12" shaped pint glass of beer without knocking it over. There was never a single half full glass the next morning after any party.

Medsen Fey
07-11-2011, 10:19 AM
That's a neat story. I'd be curious what they did to train her.

07-11-2011, 02:13 PM
Let's see if Pete can train HIS dog to point out tainted plonk. :)

08-01-2011, 10:57 PM
Umm...what exactly is a tainted plonk?

Medsen Fey
08-02-2011, 09:46 AM
Plonk is an expression for cheap table wine.

The "taint" they are referring to is primarily cork taint (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cork_taint). This is an odor that ruins wine due to a substance know as 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA). There can also be other "taints" from spoilage organisms which a hound's sniffer might be able to pick up quite well.