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dogwoodgirl
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09/10/2020 09:15PM  
So, my pack and I took a dip in a beaver rich lake. Can you boil a bite valve to field sterilize it? It was towards the end of my trip and I just drank out of my Nalgene for the rest of the trip, but it would have been nice to use the Camelbak on the longer portages.
 
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09/11/2020 07:20AM  
It's my understanding that the 'boil for one minute' thing is overkill to ensure idiots don't screw it up.

I believe 160F does the trick on bacteria...and that's a lot less likely to deform plastics than 212.
 
09/11/2020 07:49AM  
Yes, done that for my several Camelback's. But normally I just carry a replacement bite valve, kept it the bladder sleeve, I have lost a few scrambling thru brush on hikes.

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dogwoodgirl
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09/11/2020 09:52AM  
sns: "It's my understanding that the 'boil for one minute' thing is overkill to ensure idiots don't screw it up.


I believe 160F does the trick on bacteria...and that's a lot less likely to deform plastics than 212."


Yeah, mostly concerned about giardia, think they need higher temps. You are right about bacteria, I believe.
 
09/11/2020 08:31PM  
During 13 years of tripping in NW Ontario which is a beaver-rich area we never did anything more bring water to a boil before Immediately using it. No one ever came down with beaver fever. So I would think simply bringing the bite valve to a boil would be sufficient.
 
Savage Voyageur
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09/11/2020 10:06PM  
Why not use some alcohol to sterilize it?
 
dogwoodgirl
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09/13/2020 01:34AM  
Savage Voyageur: "Why not use some alcohol to sterilize it? "

I don't usually carry alcohol on a trip....but yes, that would work once I got back
 
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