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Steam sanitation of a stainless steel fermenter and bottles


As a chemical engineering student, I tried my best to avoid any chemical at all (When they say trust me, you should never do so).

As such, I resorted to steam to sanitize my fermenter and bottles. However, the steam comes out of the household appliance with a plastic scent to it.

I know, by fact, that this indicates a presence of plastic degradation molecules: however, I still tried sanitizing a part of the bottles this way as the fermenter, which I had first tested the appliance on, produced a healthy (I hope...) wort.


How safe would that beer be? Also, can anybody provide me with real-world data on the sanitation-water temperature-soaking time for hot tap water? (That is, soaking in 25°C water of course will never work, regardless of time, but I believe 60°C would work over 30 minutes, and 45°C should work over 1 hour)

Also, how high are the odds of wort infection for 1 minutes of 45°C hot water soaking?

Brew Data

Malt extract & Yeast: Cooper Lager kit
OG: .034 FG: .010 Fermentation vessel material: stainless steel
Bottle material: glass
Cap material: Half the bottles have ceramic caps, half have tin and plastic ones
Fermentation average temperature: 26°C
Signs of wort infection: none