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Old 03-10-2010, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default Chance of infection from oak/bourbon

So I realize that Maker's Mark isn't actually strong enough to sanitize oak cubes but what are the real chances of infection if I:

-sanitize a small jar
-add the cubes and bourbon to the jar
-cover jar with sanitized lid
-eventually add bourbon and oak cubes to a secondary of RIS that is 9%

Would you really be concerned about the chance of infection??

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Old 03-10-2010, 09:23 PM   #2
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So I realize that Maker's Mark isn't actually strong enough to sanitize oak cubes
It isn't?????
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:38 PM   #3
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It isn't?????
I've read that in several posts here. And if it's posted on HBT, it HAS to be true.
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Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it. Anything that can survive Maker's Mark probably eats Starsan for breakfast with a tall glass of bleach. If you've got organisms that robust in your brew, you've got bigger problems.

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Besides what klyph states you are throwing them in an environment full of CO2 and Ethanol, not a good place for thingys to grow and thrive.

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Listen to this if you have time... Lots of good info. I think they say to steam sterilize the chips first...

http://thebrewingnetwork.com/shows/B...-08-Wood-Aging

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Would you really be concerned about the chance of infection??
No. Last time I oaked a beer I ended up sprinkling the chips on top of the krausen



Next time I'll boil them in a small amount of water, let them cool and dump the whole thing in, water and all.

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you are probably fine.

Beer is a very hostile milieu.
There's not too many bugs that can survive long in it.

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I think boils (ha punny!) down to the difference between sanitize and sterilize. Drinkin' liquor (80 proof) is not strong enough to truly sterilize. We use 70% (140 proof) in the lab to kill bacteria, and still don't consider that truly sterilized. And especially since wood is very porous, that gives the bugs plenty of places to hide from any sanitizer - ethanol, Starsan, bleach, anything. Heat is probably best. I vote boiling it briefly.

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Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it. Anything that can survive Maker's Mark probably eats Starsan for breakfast with a tall glass of bleach. If you've got organisms that robust in your brew, you've got bigger problems.
Classic! That quote is going to end up in someone's sig! Cheers to making me laugh!
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