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    My wife works in a bio lab. She has access to an autoclave. Has anyone ever tried to use an autoclave to sterilize plastic spiles? I'm sure it'll work in terms of killing spores and such, but it may or may not turn the spiles into a puddle of hot plastic! I can't find anywhere the type of plastic/resin that my taps are made of. I don't know why the manufacturers don't tell you - it would be nice to know.

    I have two types - this: http://www.mapleguys.com/product/TU051-000005J4.html
    and this: http://www.mapleguys.com/product/TU059-000005J7.html

    Anybody ever try this? Or do you know what kind of plastic they are?

    Thanks!

    Gabe
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berkshires View Post
    Or do you know what kind of plastic they are?
    The first are most likely made of food-grade nylon, typically Nylon 66. The second is probably a polycarbonate of some formulation.

    I know people who've autoclaved SS spouts, but not plastic.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr
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    Thanks Dr Tim! I guess I might try bleaching the blue ones (they're like $1.50 a pop) but I definitely won't try to autoclave them. I might try a couple of the black ones just for the hell of it. They're cheap - if they melt it's not a big deal.

    Cheers!

    Gabe
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.

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