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Posted in thread: Is Boiling necessary for Mead? on 02-26-2008 at 09:23 PM
The bacteria never get a chance to grow so no toxin is produced. So mead (and other alcoholic
beverages) is safe for humans over the age of 1 to drink (with respect to botulism).I won't be
Posted in thread: Is Boiling necessary for Mead? on 02-26-2008 at 06:24 PM
Well, botulism is NOT killed by 170 degrees! That's why the USDA recommends NO low acid foods
canned in a boiling water bath, but in a pressure cooker. Even 212 degrees doesn't kill all
Posted in thread: Is Boiling necessary for Mead? on 02-26-2008 at 05:03 PM
ilikebeerSo wouldnt you think that alc content of the mead kill the botulisim? clostridium
botulinum (bacteria) produce ---> spores and toxin----------------------------------The alcohol
may retard th...
Posted in thread: Is Boiling necessary for Mead? on 02-26-2008 at 04:16 PM
botulismin honey? I have never heard of any recorded case of botulisim poisioning from honey
ever. The only thing ive ever heard was Infants might be at risk and once the Alcohol is
created woulndt th...
Posted in thread: Is Boiling necessary for Mead? on 02-26-2008 at 03:01 PM
Just depends on how you perceive the risk of botulism. the risk is small, but botulism toxin is
lethal. I believe you only need to heat to 170 degrees F (not quite boiling) for 15-20 mins to
Posted in thread: oliver mead on 02-24-2008 at 05:11 PM
The guy at the local brew shop who said he did plenty of meads recommended against yeast
energizer, so i didnt buy it. He said only to use it if the fermentation gets stuck. Is this
sound advice or sh...
Posted in thread: My Braggot Help!!!! on 02-24-2008 at 03:47 PM
started after 37hours almost on the dot. well airlock first bubbled after 37 so im sure it
started a few hours before that. Was worried that it would be like pushing bubbles through
syrup since OG was...
Posted in thread: My Braggot Help!!!! on 02-24-2008 at 05:55 AM
Fermentation can take up to 36 hours to begin, especially if you used a liquid yeast without a
starter.did it ever start? how long did it take?? i just started a batch of cherry mead
Posted in thread: Getting labels off of bottles on 12-02-2007 at 07:36 AM
I just run them through the dishwasher. Some labels come right off, others don't. Who cares? It
is what's inside that matters, right?If I am giving beer as a gift I'll give the bottles the
Posted in thread: cleaning the top of primary fermentor on 11-29-2007 at 11:16 PM
thanks for the quick reply!:mug:ok, maybe what they meant was to clean the outside if any
spilled over i guess..so anyway is it ok to leave a 4 or 5 inch headspace for a while? i guess
that's all CO2 ...