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Old 01-12-2013, 03:39 AM   #1
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So I usually wash my bottles and then fill a bucket with warm water and sanitizer. I then dunk my bottles for the prescribed 30 seconds. I recently moved and I am about to bottle my first batch. I am know lucky enough to now have a dishwasher. Can I just add the sanitizer to the dishwasher as if it was the usual soap? I imagine it recycles the "soapy" water, so it wont get rid of the sanitizer. Although I need 1tbs per gallon of water. So how much water is in a typical wash? I don't want to risk lack of sanitization for an easier process. Has anyone out there tried this before?

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:47 AM   #2
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The heat from the dishwasher theoretically sanitizes the bottles. No sanitizer needed. The dishwasher actually rinses with just water so any sanitizer added to the wash is useless.

There are some issues though. You don't want any detergent residue on the bottles. There will be some residue left in the dishwasher even without adding any to the wash. The shape of the bottles isn't conducive to being rinsed all that well by the dishwasher.

I know some people have had success using the dishwasher to sanitize bottles. I wouldn't do it though. I also quit bottling over four years ago.

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:47 AM   #3
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i don't think it works that way unless you can connect the water line to a tank of starsan.

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easier to use a vinator
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Thanks, looks sweet. My usual home brew site has it listed for $18.99. Do you know anywhere cheaper?

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Old 01-12-2013, 04:59 AM   #6
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Thanks, looks sweet. My usual home brew site has it listed for $18.99. Do you know anywhere cheaper?
i think seems like it's the same price everywhere.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:32 AM   #7
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You could spend $12 on a jet bottle washer that attaches to your sink faucet. Works great on the insides of bottles. Then put em in the dishwasher and run the cycle (without soap) and you should be good to go. The bottle over your dishwasher door to catch any drips. The jet washer makes sure the insides are clear (still do visual) and the heat sanitizes.

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You could spend $12 on a jet bottle washer that attaches to your sink faucet. Works great on the insides of bottles. Then put em in the dishwasher and run the cycle (without soap) and you should be good to go. The bottle over your dishwasher door to catch any drips. The jet washer makes sure the insides are clear (still do visual) and the heat sanitizes.
after i pour a bottle of beer i immediately wash it so when i bottle a new beer all i have to do is squirt star san in with the vinator, no need for jet washing or a dishwasher. i don't bottle anymore.
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"after i pour a bottle of beer i immediately wash it so when i bottle a new beer all i have to do is squirt star san in with the vinator, no need for jet washing or a dishwasher. i don't bottle anymore"

But you don't bottle anymore? The jet wash simply is a belt and suspenders method. I too rinse my bottles, but they might sit a while before being used again. Anything from dust, to spiders to a little tiny bit of crud can get in there. While I agree star san does great things, it doesn't blow spiders out of the bottle as easily as the jet washer.

Many ways to do this, in this case it's about using a dishwasher. So my suggestions pertain to "if" you use a dishwasher, you might consider using a 'jet washer" when you do. cheers mate.

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:44 AM   #10
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I appreciate all the feedback.

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