Homemade Infused Vodka - Botulism?
I would like to try and make my own infused vodka, but I'm worried about the threat of botulism if I use fresh ingredients, like lemons or chile peppers. Is this something I should be worried about? Does the high alcohol inhibit it's growth? Any advice is appreciated!
Impossible for spores to survive in 40% ethanol (vodka). I work with microbiologists, and they use ethanol and water to sterilize their benches; likewise the gel used to clean your hands in hospitals is ethanol-based.
Oil based infusions have some risk. With alcohol as long as you stay over 25% alcohol you should be fine.