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37580RE: [Distillers] Re: What proof is preservative?

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  • Robert Hubble
    Nov 9, 2006
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      Harry, for Pete's sake, don't DISSUADE him!

      If you decide on 25% as a safe concentration, or even 43%, when whatever
      disaster they are afraid of strikes, it'll be the happiest damned disaster
      on record.

      You're kinda turning into a spoil-sport.

      Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller




      >From: "Harry" <gnikomson2000@...>
      >Reply-To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
      >To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [Distillers] Re: What proof is preservative?
      >Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2006 09:03:35 -0000
      >
      >--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Robert Thomas <whosbrewing@...>
      >wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi Richard,
      > > you'll need much higher %ages and preferably acidic. As an analogy,
      > > think how easy beer turns to vinegar, and how much more difficult
      >it is
      > > to have 12% wine go off (it still does though). Alcohol as a
      >sterilant
      > > swab is usually ca 50% (higher is actually less effective, for
      >reasons
      > > I won't go into).
      > > I suppose you are thinking of storing largish quantities, otherwise
      > > distillation (or even boiling - preferably 2 times with 3 days
      >between
      > > to kill spores) would be good.
      > > cheers
      > > Rob.
      >
      >
      >16%+ abv is the sterility cutoff point vintners advocate in wines.
      >This prevents most (not all) microbes. For short term (several
      >months) it's fine. For long term, think 20%+. This is one of the
      >main reasons that wine was consumed as a hydrating liquid in
      >preference to water in the dark ages, as it was known that strong
      >wine could withstand spoilage by bacteria. However the logic was
      >flawed.
      >
      >Bubonic plague (black death) was thought at the time to be spread by
      >rats pissing in the water supply. More recent investigation has
      >proven that it is spread mostly by infected fleas ravenously sucking
      >blood from host animals, notably rats, but also dogs, cats, deer,
      >and human lice. Rats urine spreads a different (but still very
      >nasty) disease called 'leptospirosis'.
      >
      >Slainte!
      >regards Harry
      >
      >
      >
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