I want to sanitize and dry off my plate chiller using my oven. What temperature do I need to set the oven to, and how long do I need to hold that temperatures for?

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    Why do that instead of recirculating boiling wort through it?
    – baka
    Mar 6, 2011 at 21:50
  • I don't have a pump, so recirculating isn't an option. Plus putting the chiller away sanitized and sealed up makes me feel better :) Mar 7, 2011 at 2:32
  • This may seem obvious - but don't sanitise plastic bottles in your oven. Apr 9, 2011 at 13:54

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IIRC, you need to hold at least 160F for at least 10 min.

  • Sounds right. That's the temperature you sterilize milk at, anyhow, and in both cases, you're trying to kill lactobaccili.
    – Nick
    Mar 6, 2011 at 23:48
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    Keep in mind too the very inner core needs to get to 160F before you start the timer. It might not take all that long, but its important to note.
    – brewchez
    Mar 7, 2011 at 0:28

If you're using your oven, it's dry-heat which takes MUCH longer than what water or steam could accomplish. For dry-heat sterilization:

338°F (170°C) 60 minutes
320°F (160°C) 120 minutes
302°F (150°C) 150 minutes
284°F (140°C) 180 minutes
250°F (121°C) 12 hours (Overnight)

Now, granted that's sterilization not sanitation, but once it comes out of the oven, it's exposed.

  • What's the difference between sterilization and sanitation, for the purposes of cleaning and storing equipment?
    – object88
    Aug 9, 2013 at 15:43

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