New answers tagged sterilization
I hate answer my own question, but I believe I have cobbled together at least some of the information I am looking for. As mdma pointed out, you need a pressure cooker or an autoclave (performed correctly) to sterilize. For safe drinking water, "common" bacteria are killed in 1 minute (or 3 minutes at altitude). The only other reference I could find ...
I think the factor isn't that you want sterile wort, but sanitized wort. You may not get sterile wort from boiling, but that isn't a problem. The wort is surrounded by barely sanitary air, so it's going to be contaminated to some degree from the get go. The key point is that the massive yeast population (>100bn cells for a 5 gallon batch) scavenge dissolved ...
10 min boil extra 1/2 cups water, what you may lose during that time. DME/Prime Sugar. Why risk losing your beer over saving few minutes.
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