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Old 01-22-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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i heard from a buddy that RED STRIPE from jamaica uses a perservative somewhat like anti-freeze that is not legal here in the states. any truth to this one ?



 
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:59 PM   #2
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haven't heard that (searches on teh intarwebz yield nothing), but how in the hell would anti-freeze or even a similar substance preserve a beer? Sounds like the old "formaldahyde in MD 20/20" myth. One guy mixed antifreeze into his wine in France awhile back, but not as a preservative as far as I know.


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Old 01-22-2009, 09:00 PM   #3
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I doubt it would even be legal to sell it in the US if it was like that
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:01 PM   #4
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A few quick searches turned up nothing. Formaldehyde used to be a common beer additive in some Asian countries, but I think that practice has gone away (there are still rumors of it, though). I doubt that it would be legal to import a beer that does not meet health standards here in the US.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:10 PM   #5
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try "propylene glycol".....

 
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:15 PM   #6

I found a link to a BBC report from 2006:

BBC NEWS | Business | What exactly is in your beer?

Can't say whether it is still current. Apparently, PG is used as a foam stabilizer.

 
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:17 PM   #7
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I found a link to a BBC report from 2006:

BBC NEWS | Business | What exactly is in your beer?

Can't say whether it is still current. Apparently, PG is used as a foam stabilizer.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:22 PM   #8

From Wikipedia:

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined propylene glycol to be "generally recognized as safe" for use in food, cosmetics, and medicines. Like ethylene glycol, propylene glycol affects the body's chemistry by increasing the amount of acid. Propylene glycol is metabolized into pyruvic acid, which is a normal metabolite in the breakdown of glucose, while ethylene glycol is metabolized into oxalic acid, which is toxic.

 
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:25 PM   #9
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Shouldn't drink it anyway.Redstripe tastes like skunk corona which tastes like skunk bud which taste like cascade hop tea.

 
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:38 PM   #10
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haven't heard that (searches on teh intarwebz yield nothing), but how in the hell would anti-freeze or even a similar substance preserve a beer? Sounds like the old "formaldahyde in MD 20/20" myth. One guy mixed antifreeze into his wine in France awhile back, but not as a preservative as far as I know.
Didn't Bart Simpson catch that guy?


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