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Old 11-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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Can I wash bottles in a dishwasher or do I need to use sanitizer on each one? I rinsed each beer bottle out so there is no residue that needs to be scrubbed out. This is my first batch so I don't want to blow it!

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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You can wash them in the dishwasher, but you'll still need to sanitize them just before you put beer in them. Schmutz from the air can get in there and make the nasties. Dishwater, a sprits with a vinator (or squirt bottle if you're poor like me), pour out the excess, and fill.

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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You can wash them in the dishwasher, but you'll still need to sanitize them just before you put beer in them. Schmutz from the air can get in there and make the nasties. Dishwater, a sprits with a vinator (or squirt bottle if you're poor like me), pour out the excess, and fill.
Yes, wash first sanitize second.

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I found the vinator on Amazon for way cheap so I bought one and use star san just prior to filling and capping each bottle. I run the whole load through the dishwasher to clean them and then sanitize just before I fill them with brew. The sulfiter is a great way to flush each bottle and insire that the bottles are as sanitized as possible too. Good luck and look around because the Vinators have a very broad price range and can be had for very cheap if you look around and shop wisely.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:30 PM   #5
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Very cool ok I will do that then. I will wash then sanitize. Does the sanitizer need to sit in the bottles or can I just dunk, fill, and empty?

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I wouldn't use a dishwasher, personally. I know some do, but I think the glass that bottles are made of aren't heat-treated, so the extreme temps in a dishwasher might degrade the volumes of pressure that they can hold over time. Then again, I might just be paranoid. I usually just bathe them in oxyclean for a couple of hours/over night and then dip them in a star-san solution right before bottling.

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Very cool ok I will do that then. I will wash then sanitize. Does the sanitizer need to sit in the bottles or can I just dunk, fill, and empty?
If you're using a wet contact, no rinse sanitizer like starsan or iodophor dunking and draining is fine, though a vinator as mentioned is more convenient and faster.
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Depends which sanitizer you are using...

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Consider my method, easy and effective and no slippery, wet bottles to drop while filling!

1. Soak all bottles in a tub of oxyclean and water (I soak overnight)

2. Rinse each bottle one by one in an assembly line with garden hose or sink (I use a helper to hand me bottles 2 at a time and it only takes me about 10 minutes to rinse 110 bottles! )

3. Drain bottles upside down for 10 minutes on bottle tree or on clean dishwasher racks

4. Set bottles in oven at 190F for 20 minutes to sanitize and dry

5. As soon as the bottles are cool enough to handle you can bottle.

No slippery bottles, no sanitizer influencing the flavor of your beer. I've bottled around 1,200 bottles this way and never had a single issue.

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...no sanitizer influences the flavor of your beer.
Except when properly dilluted, sanitizer NEVER should "influence" the flavor of your beer.....I've bottled for years with sanitizer, both iodophor and starsan, and never had it affect the taste.

Otherwise sounds like a decent system. It works for you.

Have you considered this instead of dragging out the hose?

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