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Old 03-31-2009, 12:13 AM   #1
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If I put my dishwasher on high heat, will that be enough to sanitize the bottles?

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Old 03-31-2009, 12:15 AM   #2
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Assuming you don't use soap, haven't used Jet Dry or similar agents in the last 20+ washes, and your dishwasher gets hot enough for long enough (has a Sanitize setting) it'll work.

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Old 03-31-2009, 12:16 AM   #3
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I've never trusted my dishwasher to get bottles clean or hot enough to sanitize nor have I wanted to risk $50 worth of beer when StarSan is so easy to use. Lots of folks have done it with apparent success.

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Old 03-31-2009, 12:26 AM   #4
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My hot water heater doesn't get above 130, and my dishwasher is older so it doesn't have the "sanitize" setting. If yours gets hot enough, that will work. Remember to start with scrupulously clean bottles, because the water won't clean them inside them as the bottle necks are too narrow.

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Old 03-31-2009, 12:37 AM   #5
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I have brewed 5 batches by putting my bottles in the dishwasher with dishwasher soap, with and without the high heat setting. I haven't had an issue with infection or a reduction in head. I have now moved to the kegging setup, but don't let others scare you, you'll be fine. But I did use good practices to keep mildew and other build up out of the bottles during storage by immediately rinsing them and storing them upside down. But, if you want to be a real bottler, just use star san

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Old 03-31-2009, 12:40 AM   #6
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I have brewed 100's of batches of beer only using my dishwasher on the "sanitize" setting to give them the final cleaning, and have had exaclty ZERO problems.

I'm not saying its the right way, but it works for me.

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Old 03-31-2009, 12:41 AM   #7
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I find that using The Vinator with Star San much quicker that using the dishwasher.

I still use the dishwasher rack for holding bottles (after spraying with Star San).

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I use my dishwasher every time... first, I make sure to rinse all my bottles when I empty them then soak in oxy before storing them upside down in their boxes. If they're new, I soak 'em in oxy to clean and remove labels, then I again rinse well and store upside down prior to use... sometimes weeks. Then, I just plop them in the dishwasher on the antibacterial setting and heated dry... no soap or rinse agents..... No issues to date.

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I soak in Oxy clean to de-label and clean, then in bleach and vinegar to sanitize, then in the dishwasher with high heat dry immediately before bottling.

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I think it would take longer run the cycle than to simply dip in starsan and swirl and then place on top rack. But, I started using the rinse aid in my dishwasher again after getting spots all over everything. I just wash beer glasses by hand when I want goo head. (and I do all the dishes when I want some really good head...)

However, if you don't use rinse aid, AND you have a sanitize setting, then you may want to run the cycle while you set up the bottling assembly line.

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