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Old 08-13-2012, 01:58 AM   #1
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Default Sterilized bottles

About to brew my first batch in 1-2 weeks, cant wait!!. How important is to sterilize the bottles before you bottle. I have seen some discussion on this but I think some are confused by sterilize and sanatized. I could run them through the dishwasher without any soap or anything or stick them in the oven but how nessesary is it?

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:08 AM   #2
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Soak em in some oxyclean and make sure they're clean then sanitize with starsan or idophor and bottle. That's how i do it. As long as they're clean and sanitized you'll be fine. I agree sanitize and sterilize get confused. Its not like your trying culture yeast just bottle your home brewed goodness.

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Yeah I took the oxyclean route and gave them a bath, worked awesome for getting all the labels off and glue.

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I run mine through the dish washer with no soap and hot dry. Let them cool for several hours, then go. Seems much easier than even a quick rinse with 50 bottles. Plus I just cannot stand the idea of a little Starsans in the bottle. #paranoid

EDIT: It is very important to clean and sanitize, but not necessarily sterilize. I use the dish washer for convenience, not to sanitize.

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