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Old 11-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #21
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The more I think about this, the more it doesn't sound feasible at all. Sure you can generate steam and send it up a tree system. However, that steam will have cooled SIGNIFICANTLY going up the tree and out into the bottles. All you'll be sending into the bottles is distilled water. I don't see a significant difference between a tree or any other type of manifold. Same problem. The steam will have cooled before it hits the bottles.

Even with my handheld steam cleaner, you can hold your hand 6" from the spout with it blasting out. The steam has cooled by that point already to worthless temps.

If anyone has tried this, I'd be curious what temp the steam is coming out the ports into the bottles.

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Old 02-24-2013, 03:55 AM   #22
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I actually ordered some silicone tubing off ebay and hooked it up to my steam wand. The steam made it all the way through and was still pretty hot. I thought about building a tree but ended up just using the hose to try to sanitize the bottles individually. I think it worked i know that boiling water kills most bacteria so i'm hoping this works.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:23 AM   #23
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As mentioned before, a dishwasher does the same thing. Hot rinse and hot dry cycle generates steam sufficient to sanitize bottles upside down in the dish racks. Simple and effective with no need to buy or build new equipment.
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