hist-brewing: Re: Bulging Cans

Eylat Poliner allotta at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 14 19:06:57 PDT 1999

Bottulism bacteria is killed by boiling but the toxin is still present.
Throw the can away!

PBLoomis at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 7/13/99 10:25:31 AM EST, lcatherinemc at hotmail.com writes:
> <<   Please excuse the stupid question, but I'm a newbie to this list, and a
>  somewhat new brewer.(have brewed some meads and May wines and cysers.)  I
>  bough a "Beer kit" from a local brew shop, wanting to use it as a learner
>  project, some moths ago.  Well, life happens, and I just got around to it
> the
>  other day.  It had been stored on top of the refrigerator, and when I took
>  it down to use. I found that the bottom of the can had bulged out.  Is this
>  usable now?  I know that bulging cans of food are to be thrown out, but know
>  nothing of beer kits, this being my first.
>  Lady Katherine McGuire
>  Barony of Califia  >>
>         The top of the refrigerator is generally a very warm place, so
> it may just be normal expansion of the extract inside the can, but
> I'd be nervous, as you are.
>         The heat may also have damaged the dry yeast packet that
> came with your Beerkit.
>         Anybody out there know if [worst case] botulism toxin is
> denatured by boiling?
>         In Joy and Service,
>         Scotti
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