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Old 10-21-2009, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Adding bourbon to beer? Is it sanitary?

I am about to try something that I have not before... namely add a tincture of spices to my secondary fermenter. Rather than brew them in the mash or boil, I have added all the spices to a cup of bourbon and have let them steep for a few days. I intend to strain out all the solids and add them to the secondary fermenter.

My question is.. is the bourbon sanitary just because it is alcohol? If I boil it, I am going to lose a lot of the spice essence... Do you think it will be okay since it is alcohol? Or should I treat it in someway before adding it to the wort?

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Old 10-21-2009, 12:14 AM   #2
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You can just throw it in there. Germs are not going to live in Bourbon.

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Old 10-21-2009, 12:15 AM   #3
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Anything that could live in 80 proof alcohol won't just infect your beer, it'll blow up your car, steal your wife, teach your dog to attack you, and force your favorite sports teams to lose every game. Not only that, but it will be rich, and better looking than you.

In other words, don't worry about it. No need to pasteurize your bourbon before adding it.

Dammit, Skins. You snuck in there while I was composing!

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Old 10-21-2009, 12:16 AM   #4
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You'll be fine. Add it and enjoy!

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Excellent... I suspected that was the answer! Thanks homebrewers!

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yea but your post was funnier.

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