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Old 04-30-2006, 01:06 AM   #1
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I heard someone tell me I can use my dishwasher to sanitize my bottles, and that most modern dishwwashers have a sanitizing cycle.

I have a modern dishwasher, and I see potscrubbing cycle, and High temp wash and heated dry, but no sanitizing cycle...

does anyone know?

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Old 04-30-2006, 01:14 AM   #2
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Oh boy...I'm going to say no, but there are going to be just as many people that say they do it all the time with no problems as say no. So....Let the argument begin!! Rofl...

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Old 04-30-2006, 01:58 AM   #3
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I heard someone tell me I can use my dishwasher to sanitize my bottles, and that most modern dishwwashers have a sanitizing cycle.

I have a modern dishwasher, and I see potscrubbing cycle, and High temp wash and heated dry, but no sanitizing cycle...

does anyone know?

thx
I would go with the High temp wash, with the heated dry on. Is there just a rinse cycle, with dry heat on? that would be the best...'sanitizing' is a relative term describing the level of microbes. I find that just cleaning and rinsing bottles is 'sanitized' enough for me.

whatever you do DONT USE SOAP. And dont put nasty ass dirty bottles in there and expect them to come out all strerile.

If you clean and rinse your bottles prior to putting them in the washer, they will already have a low level of microbes, and the rinse/dry heat will make that level even lower.
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:35 AM   #4
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I would go with the High temp wash, with the heated dry on. Is there just a rinse cycle, with dry heat on? that would be the best...'sanitizing' is a relative term describing the level of microbes. I find that just cleaning and rinsing bottles is 'sanitized' enough for me.

whatever you do DONT USE SOAP. And dont put nasty ass dirty bottles in there and expect them to come out all strerile.

If you clean and rinse your bottles prior to putting them in the washer, they will already have a low level of microbes, and the rinse/dry heat will make that level even lower.
I would add - rinse the bottles after serving, while the beer is still fresh.


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My new from the store, with beer drained from them in my glass, bottles get rinsed and placed into the dish rack in my sink. Then they go into the dishwasher for label removal when there is a load of dishes ready to go, and finally they get a soaking in Star San before bottling. I'm being careful. No use in spending like 6 or so hours on a batch and have it go bad in the bottles.

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Old 04-30-2006, 01:37 PM   #6
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I put all the bottles in the bottom rack, spout down. I used the high temp rinse and b-bright instead of soap. Before that I had soaked the bottles in B-brite solution.

I'll report any bad bottles if they occur.

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I've never used the dishwasher to sanitize bottles, but I suggest running the washer empty with no soap first to make sure no soap residue from the dishwasher gets on the bottles.

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I've never used the dishwasher to sanitize bottles, but I suggest running the washer empty with no soap first to make sure no soap residue from the dishwasher gets on the bottles.

This sounds like a good idea. Plus, when I need to get stuff extra clean, I throw a good slosh of bleach at the bottom right before starting the cycle and then I run the rinse cycle twice.. that may work with the bottles....
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real brewers don't have dishwashers.

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Where the hell is food grade guy when you need him?

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