I'm new to the home-brewing process and I am attempting an experiment in which brewing yeast is added directly into juice for a period no longer than a week so that the yeast converts glucose into ethanol.
All of the tutorials I've seen documenting their process on DIY juice home-brew (Linked from Life Hacker) don't seem to mention any sort of sanitation process, yet most of the actual home-brewing guides like the one from the American Homebrewers Association put a lot of emphasis on cleaning and sanitation:
If you have spoken with a homebrewer about getting into the hobby, you've likely heard about the importance of cleaning and sanitizing. For many, sanitizing is the most important aspect of brewing. Unwanted yeast can contaminate beer if it is present in your carboy, on your thermometer or anywhere in between. Do not underestimate the importance of cleaning and sanitizing.
DIY Juice Alcohol Process
DIY Juice alcohol guides appear to quite consistent with their process:
- Obtain pure juice, typically over 20g of sugar per serving
- Fill a container or carboy with juice (leave room as the fermenting process seems to raise the liquid level)
Directly add yeast to solution (it would appear the juice doubles as the "wort"?)
Seal container with balloon or airlock
- Wait 5-7 days for juice to ferment
- Optional: Move juice solution to sealed container after 3 days if carbonation is desired
Do I still need to apply the same care of cleaning and sanitizing to this simplified "brewing" process or is dish soap and a good rinsing enough to maintain reasonable levels of safety?