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agroff383

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Hello I am new to the hobby and this forum...everyone talks about sanitizing and what not...is bleach acceptable? Or is there other sanitizers available? The bleach won't impart any flavors?

Or can I put it in the dishwasher (my bottles and other cold side stuff), or won't that do the trick? I am doing a lot of research here just trying to figure this all out!
 

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Bleach works, but mix it correctly and rinse REALLY well, or you will taste some funk.

Many people use Star San, no rinse, you can drink it... short contact time.

I used to place my bottles in my dishwasher, worked well, never an infection.
 

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Do some searching and you will find more info than you ever wanted on sanitizing. As homebrewers, there are a wide variety of sanitizers out there and we can't even agree on which one is better.

I personally prefer star-san because it's got a fairly quick contact time and it's no rinse.

Some of the other common sanitizers are low concentration bleach and Idophor.
 

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Bleach is acceptable, but be sure to rinse a few times to get rid of the odor. I use StarSan which is very popular, but there are many other ways to sanitize. It would depend how hot the dishwasher gets and for what period of time. I would still recommend sanitizing with solution of some sort. Unless you boil, you still need to sanitize.
 

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