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> Does bourbon char "expire"?, Re-sterilize?
sfranklin
post Jan 31 2008, 09:15 AM
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Expire is probably not the right word. I have been sitting on some bourbon char for about a year. I used about a pound the first time and my friend who was going to use the other pound just never has. Its dry, and in two zip lock bags but im not sure I trust it completely. I could 1) chuck it in the secondary straight out of the bag or 2) re-sterilize it in in some bourbon. Im leaning toward option #2 even though I think a bourbon rinse would take away from the sugar etc that makes the char effective...

My plan would be to stuff the char into a stocking and submerse it in the new bourbon. I guess I want to minimize the amount of new bourbon and keep the contact time as short as possible. Also, should I add the bourbon to the stout or pull out the char-stocking and leave whats left? Tanks

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post Jan 31 2008, 10:39 AM
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Alright, I have done some searching and considering what I have read about souring barrels I am going to re-phrase my questions.

Should sanitize this stuff in boiling water or bourbon?

If I use bourbon, what would be the minimum contact time to kill anything that could be growing?

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