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Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?

Do not do this! Speaking from experience. I accidentally put my auto siphon into a bucket that was full of near boiling water. I turned away for just a minute and the plastic had softened enough ...
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Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?

I strongly doubt it will stand up to boiling water. Also boiling water isn't a guaranteed way to sanitize equipment - bacteria can still remain in hard to reach places. You should instead get hold of ...
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Can a Ginger Bug fermentation turn into Vinegar

First off all... If you're new to this, relax. There's a few sensible precautions to take that make a difference - sanitise your equipment before hand, keep it upside down when empty, keep your brew ...
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Anybody know what KM is?

Based on the little bit of context I'm going to guess this is an odd/inaccurate shorthand for potassium metabisulfate. Although the real shorthand is K₂S₂O₅ they're likely using k to represent ...
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Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?

Star-San is the best answer -- BUT: DO NOT use it after, ie: so as to clean and store for later use. Star-San is acidic and prolonged/sustained contact will make your plastic brittle and break (I ...
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What happens to remaining sugar when wine is converted to vinegar?

Simply exposing a wine that was inoculated with wine yeast to oxygen doesn't create acetic acid. You need to inoculate with some acetic acid bacteria as well. Acetic acid bacteria can ferment both ...
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What am I doing wrong with my Hard Cider

ALL IS NOT LOST!!!! I had a similar problem with a distinctly vinegar flavour to my apple cider having left it maybe two days too long in the fermenter. With Scottish blood flowing through my Kiwi ...
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How do different styles of beer affect malt vinegar

I own and operate a vinegar company: Beer style certainly effects the process and outcome of fermented vinegar. Vinegar bacteria is as unique as your environment, some strains being more aggressive ...
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How do different styles of beer affect malt vinegar

To my knowledge there is no preferred beer style that is preferred for making malt vinegar - it is just that it can be brewed from malt. No hops are added to malt solutions used for fermenting, for ...
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How to find out if there is vinegar in a beer brew

Vinegar has a fairly distinctive flavour. If you can't taste it, I would say no. During fermentation, the yeast rapidly uses-up all the dissolved oxygen in the vessel. Acetobacter needs oxygen to ...
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Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?

I wouldn't. I've warped an Auto-siphon that way.
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Cherry vinegar (was supposed to be mead)

Infection mixed with oxygenation during fermentation makes for vinegar. What does your cleaning and sanitation process consist of on the cold side? Do you use a spoon rest? What are you fermenting in?...
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Cherry vinegar (was supposed to be mead)

My answer to a question like this is to ask the question, when was the last time you tasted vinegar? Vinegar is a lot harder to make accidentally than you think. I mean yes it’s one way to spoil a ...
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Cherry vinegar (was supposed to be mead)

Rehydrate your yeast separately before pitching. Match temperatures before you pitch. Refer to instructions on the back of Lalvin packet. Temperature shocking the yeast could kill some of them or ...
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