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Old 03-17-2008, 02:59 AM   #1
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SWMBO works in a research lab, and has offered to sanitize my bottles using an autoclave. They have one in the lab, and it uses heat to destroy the germs. Does this sound like a sound technique? They use it to sanitize the lab equipment. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 03-17-2008, 03:53 AM   #2
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i'm sure it will work but then you have to transfer them home in a sterile way of some sort. seems like more work than its worth to me personally.

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Old 03-17-2008, 04:52 AM   #3
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I agree the risk during transport probably outweighs any benefits of the autoclave. Just get yourself some starsan and a Vinator and sanitizing bottles becomes a trivial matter.

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Old 03-17-2008, 05:59 AM   #4
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I can fit over 55 bottles into my dishwasher.

How to Brew also says that you can cover them with aluminum foil and bake them for a couple hours.

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+1 for baking

My bottles are already clean. All I do is load all my bottles into the oven (holds about 3 cases) and turn the oven on. Takes all of 3 minutes actual work time to sterilize 3 cases of bottles. Note that sterilization and sanitation are different. Palmer gives some temps and times for such things. The point is for minimal work the result is the best (IMHO).

If I had a dishwasher that would be quite tempting as well.

EDIT: here is the table:

Table 3 - Dry Heat Sterilization

Temperature Duration

338°F (170°C) 60 minutes

320°F (160°C) 120 minutes

302°F (150°C) 150 minutes

284°F (140°C) 180 minutes

250°F (121°C) 12 hours (Overnight)

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+1 for baking

My bottles are already clean. All I do is load all my bottles into the oven (holds about 3 cases) and turn the oven on. Takes all of 3 minutes actual work time to sterilize 3 cases of bottles. Note that sterilization and sanitation are different. Palmer gives some temps and times for such things. The point is for minimal work the result is the best (IMHO).

If I had a dishwasher that would be quite tempting as well.

EDIT: here is the table:

Table 3 - Dry Heat Sterilization

Temperature Duration

338°F (170°C) 60 minutes

320°F (160°C) 120 minutes

302°F (150°C) 150 minutes

284°F (140°C) 180 minutes

250°F (121°C) 12 hours (Overnight)

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I have never wanted to leave my oven on that long...
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I have never wanted to leave my oven on that long...
For an hour? How do you bake? j/k This method does work, but I know tons of people think it is silly. It just takes less of my time, that is why I do it. There are plenty of other ways to sanitize your bottles as I am sure many people will post. The Vinator with Star-san is very easy as well.
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I did the dishwasher last time, but I had almost zero head retention. I have been told this could be due to oils from the soap. Thanks for the replies guys.

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I really don't think that is worth it.

If you soak your already clean bottles (because you rinsed them after washing them right?) in oxyclean for 30 minutes, then soak them for 30 seconds in star-san immediately before bottling... that really is all you need.

Don't complicate your brewing.

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If you use the dishwasher, do not use soap. Run the high heat cycle with no detergent and you should be fine.

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