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9 years ago
I am somewhat interested in obtaining 2 kittens.
My 1 bedroom apartment already isn't the cleanest. I spray 409 and Windex on all my surfaces before I brew or bottle and call it clean. I'm not going to spend any time picking up cat hair.
If I greatly prefer homebrewing to animals, should I abandon all hope for a pair of cats? What methods exist to minimize the damage from animals to homebrewing in a one bedroom apartment?
I extract brew now but intend on moving to full-grain in the next 3-6 months.
Mar 15, 2014 at 20:14
Matthew Moisen Matthew Moisen
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I've had 5-6 cats and 2 dogs for the entire 16 years I've been homebrewing. They are no bigger threat to your beer than you yourself are. Use StarSan in a spray bottle to clean things, not toxic cleaners like 409 and Windex.
Mar 16, 2014 at 16:11
Denny Conn Denny Conn
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I'd be wary of using 409 or Windex for brewing purposes; find some proper homebrew-friendly cleaners and sanitizers (oxiclean free and star-san are awesome).
There's no inherent incompatibility between homebrewing and pets. You might have to keep curious cats away from some brewing processes/steps, but if you're keeping proper sanitation and your head about you, everything will be fine. What are you concerned about, in particular?
Mar 15, 2014 at 20:57
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Note: Not directly related but worth noting
DOGS are generally allergic to hops, gives them sore skin. I don't know if the same is for cats.
hyperthermia (overheating can result in death)
Mar 16, 2014 at 15:34
Your cats shouldnt be a problem. Just maintain a clean brew-space. My cat was hanging out with me last time I was bottling. She was very curious, but I kept her away from my bucket & bottles.
Mar 18, 2014 at 22:42
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