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Can I Use My Sanitizers(PBW, Starsan) For Personal Hygiene?-CORONAVIRUS RELATED

No. Use soap and water. Wash your hands for 20-30 seconds and make sure you wash your whole hand. I have no idea what dilution you would have to use to maintain efficacy or what dilution you would ...
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Homebrewing Soda, Safety Concerns

I think what you made is safe, but there's no way to not produce alcohol with that method.
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Safe way to backsweet a braggot with honey?

It's worth mentioning that it depends somewhat on how you plan to package the braggot. If you're planning to bottle condition, I'm not sure it's possible to back-sweeten with something fermentable ...
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I'm suspecting high Diacetyl in my beer, is it safe to drink?

Diacetyl is used as a food flavoring and is safe to ingest, It is not safe to inhale diacetyl when heated and/or vaporized, and causes popcorn lung. https://www.fda.gov/Food/...
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How dangerous is Tempeh starter?

Rhizopus Oligosporus is believed to be "harmless" on the basis of the fact that there has never been a recorded incident of Rhizopus Oligosporus' ability to produce a toxin when fermenting Tempeh, but ...
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Is my ginger beer safe to drink?

It's safe to drink. It could potentially have some type of wild bacteria (lacto perhaps), although depending on the brew ingredients this could just be some coagulated oils etc. However, it won't hurt ...
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Can I Use My Sanitizers(PBW, Starsan) For Personal Hygiene?-CORONAVIRUS RELATED

No. Not because they might not be effective, but because they are not made with your skin in mind. Their pH values, either acid or alkaline, are not compatible with your skin, and products for ...
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I got a strong, chemical-vinegary smell when I opened the plastic fermentation bucket I use to store all my brewing stuff. Is it still safe to use?

After some research I think I discovered a potential source of the problem. Potassium metabisulfite decomposes into, amongst other compounds, sulphur dioxide - a gas which is irritating and toxic at ...
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Is it Safe to Carbonate Beer in a Can?

I am the guy that asked the question you referenced. Since asking that question, I have canned 500+ 16oz cans of beer and session mead/melomel. I notice that it has only been a couple of months, which ...
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Safe distilling of mead?

Most (all?) fermentations have trace amounts of methanol, with the tendency of fruit-based fermentations to have more. However the amount is so low, it is insignificant - unless your concentrate it. ...
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How dangerous is Tempeh starter?

Some people develop an allergy to the fungi in the tempeh and the fungus was suspected of being causative of Zygomycosis. IIRC that may now have been disproved and Rhizopus is generally considered ...
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Is my wine safe to drink?

Short answer Yes No known harmful pathogens can survive in beer or wine. From your disciption there seems to be no sign of acetobacter which can sour the wine, usually it will have a pellicle on top....
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Is it safe to put two fermwraps on top of each other over a fermentor?

I doubt you'll have an issue. Fermwraps don't get hot enough to auto-ignite anything (It can't even bring water to a boil without melting the plastic), so I doubt anything will catch fire due to the ...
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Safe way to backsweet a braggot with honey?

Typically you would try to mash in the high alpha-amylase range to insure some unfermentables or use some dextrin malts. If the beer is finished and needs backsweetened you can add more honey but ...
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Aluminum coil in jockey boxes

Aluminium was discontinued for use in casks and kegs here in the UK in the due to it slowly being dissolved by the beer when the protective epoxy liners got damaged. A layer of oxide will not protect ...
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Can brewing while infected with covid-19 spread the disease trough the finished beer?

Alcohol and the natural pH drop (acidity) from the fermentation process will kill any viruses. You cannot get sick from your beer... unless you drink way too much at one time, which is a different ...
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Exploding ginger beer?

If the bottle is only half full then it would have to produce a lot of gas to reach a dangerous pressure since there is more volume to fill. Proper refrigeration should stop fermentation virtually ...
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Safety of a forced diacetyl test

The OSHA standard is an inhalation warning of pure diacetyl in air. You're measuring diacetyl in a liquid. Its very different saftey-wise. As long as you aren't aerosolizing your samples and ...
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Should I be worried

If you are using a simple pot still, you may not get high enough proof to burn on your first run. Without knowing actual volumes and ABVs here it is hard to say what is the case here. Normally when ...
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Is it Safe to Carbonate Beer in a Can?

The risks are about the same as with any bottle or other container: over carbonation. The key is measuring the amount of sugar accurately to not over carbonate and risk explosion. You have to make ...
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Is it Safe to Carbonate Beer in a Can?

Well I am not so sure. They could explode if you aren’t careful. Sometimes just dropping a commercially canned beer or soda causes a rocket, so at least the cans that the commercial world use are ...
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Bread Kvass Safety Concerns

Why do you think there will any problem with Methanol? According to the recipe, she says that you'll get to 1% ABV but I suspect it will be higher, but not by much. Methanol in fermentation is usually ...
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Safe way to backsweet a braggot with honey?

The safest way to backsweet it is to add non fermentable sugars. You could try to kill all the yeast by pasteurisation or filtration but be carefull because even if there is just a tiny bit of yeast ...
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I'm suspecting high Diacetyl in my beer, is it safe to drink?

Diacetyl is a FDA safe food additive. It's known for tasting almost exactly like butter. It's common on popcorn and candies. You can buy straight Diacetyl to flavor your food if you didn't get enough ...
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Is my wine safe to drink?

It's probably ok, but try a sip first before guzzling it. How does it taste? Does it have enough alcohol to preserve it? The magic number for that is 12.3% ABV. Airlocks don't guarantee freedom from ...
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Why is my wine cloudy now?

It could be that some fermentation is still going on, and the sediment is yeast that, over time, has grown and multiplicated. If that's the case, you should open your bottles before they become timed ...
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Bucket Heaters and Condensation safety / Lid considerations

I can't speak to the safety of the heaters, other than suggesting you take the black box apart to see whether it is sealed in any significant way. In regards to the lid, you really don't want one ...
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Oh... my back... (how do I brew with less heavy lifting?)

For moving full and closed fermenters most home improvement stores and garden centers have rolling platforms for large planters that might help. Just keep a couple hands on it as you roll it to ...
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