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Old 03-23-2014, 02:50 AM   #1
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I have read the stovetop pasteurizing thread and had a DIY project in mind to simplify the reheating of the water. How long should I keep the bottles in the water covered if the water is only 160 deg? I was thinking atleast 10 minutes from everything ive found around the internet but wanted to be perfectly sure.

 
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:00 AM   #2
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I have read the stovetop pasteurizing thread and had a DIY project in mind to simplify the reheating of the water. How long should I keep the bottles in the water covered if the water is only 160 deg? I was thinking atleast 10 minutes from everything ive found around the internet but wanted to be perfectly sure.
A technique that worked for me was to fill a bottle of the same size you are pasteurizing with tap water. Let it come up to the same temperature as your cider bottles. Stick a probe thermometer in the "dummy bottle" and put it in the water along with the bottles filled with cider. When the water temp in the "dummy bottle" is 150 +/- you're there. Pull them all out.
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:02 AM   #3
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Thanks for the idea I can actually incorporate that into my little project

 
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:10 AM   #4
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Had one explode in my hand trying the technique advocated on the HBT thread.
Flying glass shard whizzed right by my left cheek. Scared the s**t out of me and decided there and then that there had to be a safer way to do this.

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Old 03-23-2014, 03:20 AM   #5
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I'll remember this for next year's cider project.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:20 AM   #6
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Well my thoughts are I have a ball valve on my brewing kettle for when im making beer and an old coffee pot that has since been broken as of the start of this thread. I plumbed the kettle through the water line on the coffee pot to give a continues flow of water to the pump and heating element. With a few crossed wires (and fingers) I managed to get it to work properly and at a stunning 180 degrees continues output. So I will try to use that to maintain the proper pasteurizing temperature without the use of my gas stove.

I will post pictures of how I rigged it up soon.

 
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:47 PM   #7
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I'll be waiting with some beer and peanuts. Glad I'm already subb'd
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:29 PM   #8
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The dishwasher method seems to be the easiest and safest. Am I wrong?

 
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:50 PM   #9
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I put a thermometers in my dishwasher on a rapid wash ( about 39 mins) and it reaches 150. So I pasteurise in that now!
All successful so far

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Old 03-25-2014, 10:11 PM   #10
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The dishwasher method may depend on what your hot water is set at; 120-140 is common. If your dishwasher isn't adding heat then you may not be able to pasteurize if your hot water tank is set too low. I could be way off though- Blackthorn's obviously gets to temp.
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