Bread Mold Fermentation
Can bread mold act like yeast in the act of turning
sugar to alcohol?
Yes it can.
Many kinds of mold will grow on bread - including some harmless ones
(Penicillium sp.) and some that are quite dangerous (species of
Aspergillus and Rhizopus). All of these are fungi, and fungi in general
will ferment their food if they don't have O2 readily available. When
they do this, the products are ethanol and CO2.
Probably not since other fungi cannot tolerate high alcholic content. The
following might be useful:
Anthony Brach Ph. D.
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Update: June 2012