Sterilization

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Hi,

It's over 20 years since I did any home brewing but my son has just bought a
lager kit to make 40 pints.

I remember last time choking on the fumes from the sterilizer and was
wondering if I could sterilize the bottles in my oven which, runs at about
120ēC. I use this method for sterilizing jam jars.

Of course I would still clean the equipment with that horrid solution but it
would be less prolonged if I didn't need to do the bottles.

Do any of you have opinions on this method of cleaning.

Cheers,
Julie


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Hmm... wonder what you used?  I use a few "glugs" of bleach in 5 gallons
of water.  The smell isn't too bad to me.  However, there are lots of
alternatives that you can get at your Homebrew Shop, based on acid,
oxygen, or iodine and most are pretty much odor free I think.  Find a
good Homebrew Shop and ask them.

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This is discussed a good bit.  Nobody seems to know what temperature and
for how long.  Some also say that repeated heat/cooling cycles will
weaken the glass... but I don't have any scientific proof for that, just
hearsay.


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On 25/7/05 15:40, in article slrnde9uf0.gm6.derric1961@bhm29.hiwaay.net,

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I think it was sodium metabisulphate ­ I wonder if I did something wrong
because I remember us all choking in a bad way. Will try the bleach method
this time.
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Maybe I'll just give it a try some time and see what happens.

Thanks,
Julie


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I use that stuff and find that I smell of it for a fair while
afterwards.  I don't choke or anything, but it's not all that pleasant
either.

Also, do you need to rinse after using it?  I could have sworn the man
at my local brew shop said not to, but I can see where it's dried on
the outside of bottles and think I can taste it in the beer, so I guess
I'll have to rinse next time.  Doesn't appear to have actually killed
me though so that's a bonus.

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On Tue, 26 Jul 2005 09:48:00 +0100, Julie Walker

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Yeah, sodium metabisulphate can be pretty bad. Apparently you have to be
very careful if there are any asthmatics close by. It can bring on an
attack (or so I've read).

I've successfully used unscented bleach to sterilise numerous batches.
Much easier to use.


Phil
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Pfft...English! Who needs that? I'm never going to England.
 Homer J. Simpson

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Hey guys,

The cleaner I use is C-Brite.  It is mainly sodium carbonate and sodium
silicate.  I googled it at it first popped up here:
http://www.beer-wine.com/product_info.asp?productID=89&sectionID=1
Bill


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