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Old 04-13-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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I didn't want to steal the thread below about moldy bottles. I have the same issue. My plan is to give them a good scrubbing in hot water and then an overnight soaking in Oxyclean to take care of the mold and remove the labels. My question is about using my dishwasher to sanitize my bottles. I read about this on a different brewing forum and wondered if this is a good idea or not. They said to run the dishwasher without any detergent and let the heat from the drying cycle kill any bacteria in or on the bottles. I would give them time to cool and the bottle right away. I have reservations about this technique but just wanted to hear what you guys think.

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I washed a bunch of donated bottles in the dishwasher once and it worked really well and the drying cycle heated up the bottles enough to kill any bacteria.

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I typically keg my beer but when I do bottle I use my dishwasher to santize my bottles. I make sure the dishwasher is set for Hot Prewash and have never had an issue. I also make it habit to clean my bottles individually after I pour a beer.

I'm sure there are guys here that will frown upon the dishwasher but it works for me and in my opinion thats all that matters.

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My dishwasher has a sanitize setting, and it's nice to have all the bottles lined up. I use the dishwasher door as a table and fill bottles on it. Easy clean up if you spill a little.

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Does your dish washer get above 180*F? There are only a few out there that do, or at least a few years ago that was the case when I was in the market for a new one.
Even at 180* there are still living beer spoilers in the mix.
I hate to make suggestions when you didn't ask (or did you), but....Star San or any other good sanitizer can be your best friend when brewing or bottling. I mean, you don't run your carboy through your dishwasher right? So why the bottles? Time, perhaps?

Me.. Not a big fan.

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You can use a dishwasher to clean and heat sanitize your equipment. Don't use detergent or any drying agents.

I personal clean them in an overnight bath of oxiclean and use starsan to sanitize.

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I used a dishwasher for a couple of years without a problem. The ones with a NSF sticker are the ones that are certified to get the temp high enough, and long enough, to kill off bacteria (see my sticker below). There is a pastuerization curve that shows the relation ship between temp and time (see below). I logged the temp in my dishwasher (see below).

I quit using the dishwasher and just used starsan and a vinator and a bottling tree. It was easier (for me).







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Does your dish washer get above 180*F? There are only a few out there that do, or at least a few years ago that was the case when I was in the market for a new one.
Even at 180* there are still living beer spoilers in the mix.
I hate to make suggestions when you didn't ask (or did you), but....Star San or any other good sanitizer can be your best friend when brewing or bottling. I mean, you don't run your carboy through your dishwasher right? So why the bottles? Time, perhaps?

Me.. Not a big fan.
I wish my carboy would fit in my dishwasher.
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I wish my carboy would fit in my dishwasher.
I wish my dishwasher (SWMBO) would wash my carboys...
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I wish my carboy would fit in my dishwasher.
Agree! I put all my post boil stuff in the dishwasher on brewday and run a no soap, antibacterial wash. I leave the door shut and only open to pull out things as I need them. That includes my 50' x 3/8" dia immersion chiller. It goes right from the dishwasher to the kettle.
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