Thanks for asking the question, hehat and thanks for the info BBB.
So BBB, in your opinion there is really nothing to be gained by heating? 220ºF for 20 minutes is supposedly enough. I'm wondering if there is anything to be lost, e.g. some believe that the fina can oxidize and lose potency. Any truth to that?
I'm wondering about heating the finished product simply as an extra safety measure. I remember this issue came up in another thread some time ago and the consensus seemed to be that there are in fact some microbes smaller than .22um. I know those would still be present in the solution even if you cook them to death, but does it stand to reason that dead bacteria are still significantly safer than live? Could dead microbes still somehow trigger an abscess, for example?
I respect your knowledge very much and if you are confident in filtration alone, I'm sold.