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Old 10-31-2012, 05:49 PM   #11
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Do you rinse the bottles just before you put them in the oven or so you not worry about that? I typically starsan and throw them in the dishwasher (rinse the starsan out and sanitize twice), but this sounds easier than dunking 30+ bottles in starsan and waiting an hour and a half for the bottles to be done.
I wash my bottles by soaking in a vat of water and unscented dish soap. This is just in case they picked up dust, mildew or insects while sitting in storage for months in my basement. Then I rinse WELL and drip dry on my dishwasher racks on my deck, once they are mostly dry you can oven sanitize which also dries them 100%. Saves startsan and works great.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:51 PM   #12
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This may be a silly question, but the lowest setting on my oven is 200 degrees. Is this too hot for the glass?

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:01 PM   #13
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Anybody tried the oven thing with Grolsch style bottles? I'm inclined to use the method but wonder if it gets hot enough to break down the rubber gaskets.

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:04 PM   #14
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350 degrees for 90 minutes works great for glass's bottles. I haven't tried Grolsch bottles, but I imagine, like you said, the rubber would be significantly degraded. If you load up the oven the night before bottling the next day they are ready to go.

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Yes. Just run it through the heat cycle to sanitize prion to use as a bottle tree.
I hadn't thought of that before. I guess you could even take it one step farther and clean the bottles, hang them in the dishwasher and use the heat cycle to clean/sanitize?
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:02 PM   #16
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I hadn't thought of that before. I guess you could even take it one step farther and clean the bottles, hang them in the dishwasher and use the heat cycle to clean/sanitize?
This is exactly my process.
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This is exactly my process.
Am I getting this right?

I can put all my bottles in the dishwasher without otherwise sanitizing them, run them through with no soap and let the heat cycle sanitize them and go ahead and use them after they cool?

That's pretty elegant, and putting the bottling bucket on the counter above the dishwasher makes it even easier.
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That's it. I did it that way for quite a while with zero issues. If you use the bottom rack then they will get hotter because they are closer to the drying element.

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That's it. I did it that way for quite a while with zero issues. If you use the bottom rack then they will get hotter because they are closer to the drying element.
Sweet, thanks!
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