Non-toxic: Brewing Safety By Material
When you’re embarking on something like making your own craft beers, it can be far too easy to ignore important aspects like the materials you use to do it. A lot of people people will simply use the items they already have at home to do a lot of the work this sort of passion involves, with little regard for the safety which comes with them, and this can be a big problem. Certain materials are much riskier than others. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring metals, plastics, and wood, giving you an idea of what you need to look for when you plan to use them for your brew.
Metals: These are probably the most dangerous materials of all. Some metals are outright toxic and will make you sick very quickly, while others can cause minor issues which will impact your body over time. Copper, for example, is only safe when the right grades have been used. When you’re shopping for a new deep dish casserole pan to help with your brewing process, this will be important to consider, especially when you see just how many of your options are made from the stuff. Other metals, like stainless steel and iron, are much safer by default. Brass, though, is worth avoiding at all costs, as this is very hard to make safe for use in the kitchen.
Plastics: While they seem fairly benign, plastics are filled with toxins as a result of their makeup and manufacturing processes. When you use them for a short period, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice any of the effects this can cause. With extended use, though, like the time it takes to create your new brew, they can leak their bad stuff into the drink your making. To avoid this, it’s always looking for options which are considered completely food-safe. PETG is a great options, but there are plenty of others which will also be fine, as long as they are kept in the right conditions.
Wood: Finally, as the last material to consider, it’s time to think about wood. In reality, wood itself is usually completely safe for use in your kitchen, and you don’t have to worry too much about it. Some of the modern treatments for this sort of resource can be problematic, though. Along with this, when wood hasn’t been treated, it can easily start to develop things like mold. When it is in contact with your brew for a long time, this will be very hard to avoid, and this is worth thinking about before you choose to use a wooden container. A lot of people ignore this sort of material, thinking that it will be completely safe.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your choosing materials for your brewing. A lot of people ignore this aspect of their hobby when they first get started, learning the hard way that you can’t simply trust the products you buy. Of course, though, this doesn’t mean you have to be worried, as it’s easy to figure out what is safe and what isn’t.