View Full Version : Brett, Sour Bacteria and Sanitation

07-18-2016, 08:29 PM
Hi world of meadmaking- I started several 1-gallon batches and in one of them I added some White labs "Belgian Sour" blend of brett and sour bacteria. But now I'm worried this will get into and infect the other batches I have going as well. Is dumping the spoons thermometers sg meter etc in a big bucket of star-san solution sufficient to sterilize the equipment between stirring the sour batch and then the others? Is there any special sanitation for brett or sour bacteria?!


07-18-2016, 10:44 PM
The bacteria are easily killed with sanitizers, but Brett is a little more tenacious. It can form biofilms in scratches in plastic that can be difficult to eradicate.

Sanitizing metal or glass objects in your sanitizer for a few minutes should be sufficient to kill the Brett provided you've scrubbed and residue off them. I would have a second set of "Brett only" plastic equipment; racking cranes, buckets, tubing, etc.