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Old 10-18-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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Is it true that mold and other gunk which can come up in beer can't hurt you, only add off flavors?

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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This is true. There is no bacteria that can hurt you that can live in beer. Bacteria and infections can make your beer taste horrible but, it will not harm you.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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how do you figure, sports fan?

last i checked e.coli and listeria still make you sick... they can certainly get in beer if you are careless and the conditions are right. beer is not a sanitizer itself, so if its contaminated by something bad, you will be drinking something bad.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:36 PM   #4
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how do you figure, sports fan?

last i checked e.coli and listeria still make you sick... they can certainly get in beer if you are careless and the conditions are right. beer is not a sanitizer itself, so if its contaminated by something bad, you will be drinking something bad.
Last time I checked, neither pathogenic e.coli or listeria will grow in either beer wort and/or beer.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:17 PM   #5
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E. coli and other enterobacter will definitely grow in wort. Once beer reaches a certain pH e.coli dies. Prior to that point you could have a nice e. coli colony to sip on.

Mold will also grow on beer and some molds do produce neurotoxins. So drink those at your own peril.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:54 PM   #6
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Mold in beer can hurt you
Bacteria can not
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:47 PM   #7
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Beer can hurt you as well. Yet people don't bother with not drinking beer. How exactly does mold/bacteria form in a closed system that only releases CO2 and doesn't intake anything in the fermentation process?

This is coming from someone who believes that all home-brewers at the very least dump boiling water over/in their equipment to help sanitize. Unless your big mac drips it's grease in your brew, where do these occurances happen in the process? I guess a mild case of bacteria is explainable, but e.coli and such harsh ones??? geez.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:57 PM   #8
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E.coli? Man, what else are you using your fermentor bucket for?

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:15 PM   #9
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E.coli? Man, what else are you using your fermentor bucket for?
Enterobacteriaceae are not uncommon early on in fermentation, especially when doing wild ales. They get killed as the alcohol increases and the pH drops.

 
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:42 AM   #10
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I'm not gonna throw a raw chicken leg into my fermentor and assume that my 5% ethanol solution is going to kill salmonella.... maybe it will... but I have to imagine even coolship users in belgium are using some common sense techniques to keep extra-dangerous bugs away.

 
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