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If you want to get really technical, you touch the handles of the capper, after which you may touch the inside of a cap before placing it on the bottle or on the capper magnet. But it's overkill.
Probably overkill. Assuming the caps are sanitized, the capper does not come into contact with anything that it could spoil or infect on the bottle. At that point in your process, bottles and caps will be so covered by sanitizer, I'd say youre safe.
Water - it's cheap, it's always available, and does the job adequately. No need for anything else when something so simple works so well.
Foil. :) Either vodka or star-san are perfectly fine. Water will work just as well. The liquid in an airlock does not strictly need to be sanitary, it just needs to provide a barrier for insects, primarily.
There's no need to worry about pre-boil sanitation other than just generally use a clean mash tun etc.. contamination would have to occur post boil of your wort.
This method definitely works. I have used it many times in Australian summers, with the water temperature hovering around 23degC, regardless of air temperature swings. I have never resorted to adding ice.
This method is sometimes referred to as a "swamp cooler", and is well known and used in homebrewing circles. Honestly, if the brew shop employee told you it wouldn't work then they are either (a) trying to sell you a brewing fridge, or (b) not that educated on homebrewing. Change out some ice packs in the water twice a day and you get get down to the low ...
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