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Is it possible to decontaminate wine?

No don't boil it! Chances are you are fine at this point. Bacteria just don't hang around lonely old clothespins much. Without knowing what type yeast you pitched, I can't give a solid answer, but if ...
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Should I avoid crystallized honey when making mead?

I'm not quite an expert on beer making, but I have made honey ales a few times and was a beekeeper for about 8 years, so I have some honey knowledge. The crystallized honey is no different from normal ...
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Off smell in my mead

If you picked up vinyl smell from fresh tubing it won't leave the mead. It may fade in time, but along with some of the other good smells in the mead too, because it will take a long time. And in a ...
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Malt Extract not properly sealed

Even if it was contaminated, as long as you plan on boiling it, it will be safe. If it was very spoiled (smelled bad), then it might have fewer sugars and the end result may taste bad. Otherwise, you ...
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How do old homebrews taste like?

The most usual suspect is oxidation, which manifests in cardboard-like flavour or cooking sherry flavour. Lack of hop flavour/aroma in a beer which is supposed to be hoppy can also be caused by age. A ...
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Is it possible to decontaminate wine?

I don't think I would boil the wine, I am afraid it would affect the taste negatively. Any solids (like dust) will either fall to the bottom or float on the surface. In either case, you should be ...
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Is my old beer mix still good for brewing?

I'd consider throwing them out entirely. Grain will stale over time. Typically it should be used within a year or two, otherwise it will take on strange flavors from staling. If you're curious, you ...
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Is my old beer mix still good for brewing?

I just brewed a Chinook IPA kit (LME) from Northern Brewer that's been on my shelf for over 6 months. Granted, it's not an AG batch but the consensus is that "old ingredients" do not produce ...
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How do old homebrews taste like?

All beer changes with age. Delicate intangibles of hops and malts are first to fade away. Many styles are best fresh. Kolsch, Pils and anything hop forward. What happens in aging is these flavors ...
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How do old homebrews taste like?

It's not only homebrew! I needed some swing top bottles, and obtained a crate of empty bottles from the liquor store. But part of them was not empty. Those were Floreffe Tripel bottles, still sealed, ...
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