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nostalgia 01-29-2012 08:44 PM

Brewhemoth conical clean in place (CIP) systems
Since there are a lot of questions about CIP in the Brewhemoth Conicals thread, I thought I'd start one with my current solution, and invite others to share theirs.

First I had the cap on the chiller drilled to accept a 1/2" NPT long nipple.


Then I soldered in the nipple with Harris Stay-Brite 8 solder and Stay-Clean flux. I added a rotating spray ball from McMaster-Carr, and an elbow and tri-clamp fitting on top.


For the pump, I grabbed a Flowtech utility pump from Home Depot.


I used a garden hose to 1/2" female NPT adapter and a close nipple to attach the hose to the tri-clamp fitting.


Then it's cleaning time! First, put an empty bucket under the Brewhemoth and run 5 gallons of hot tap water through to get all the loose solids. The pump is in a bucket in the sink.


Then I switched to a hot Oxiclean solution, but this time the bucket with the pump is under the Brewhemoth so it recirculates the cleaner. I think I recirc'd for about 10 minutes. I'll probably switch to PBW in the future, since it's supposed to be lower-foaming.


Then another clean water rinse, and done! Everything came out shiny and crispy clean. And this was after having 12 gallons of a very dark red IPA in there for 3 weeks.



I like having the sprayball in with the chiller because not only can I clean everything at once, in place, but I can also use it to sanitize everything at once on brewday.


Bokonon 01-30-2012 02:00 AM

Looks good. I've got one of those spray heads but haven't used it yet. I borrowed a non-rotating spray ball from a local brewery and rigged something up on mine.

I had thermowells welded into each of my chiller caps so I don't really have enough room to add a CIP connection there.

What I do is insert a piece of 1/2" PVC through the 1" port on top, then reach in through the top and slip an o-ring on the pvc, then push the spray ball on it. The spray ball is meant to have a clip to hold it on and I tried that initially but it was a pain to try to get everything lined up. The o-ring is enough to hold it on.

I'm thinking about coming up with a solution that doesn't require me to remove the cap and pull out the chiller. A small diameter pipe that fits through the 1" hole (maybe CPVC, copper would work but I'd rather not use it), cap it and drill some holes to give good coverage.

nostalgia 01-30-2012 03:11 AM

Yeah, getting something to go through the 1" hole was my original idea, but I couldn't find a 270 or 360 degree ball that would fit through. I'm very happy with the way this setup worked out.


cfrazier77 01-30-2012 09:10 PM

I made a cleaner separate from my chiller. I did not think about using the chiller, but now after the fact I don't think that I would do anything different. This really works well with a 1.2 HP trash pump.




Bruwsomtin 02-04-2012 09:50 PM

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This is what I plan to use with a jet pump

Landshark67 02-14-2012 11:35 AM

St Pats sells a 4in TC cap with 2in TC reducer. I've been using their 2in TC spray ball and it works great. It's a little more expensive but saves the extra drill time.

The downside is not being able to wash the chiller coil at the same time. That would be nice but it gives me something to do during the BH rinse stage.

richbrew99 02-14-2012 01:54 PM

nice, subscribed

Lennie 02-15-2012 12:34 PM


Originally Posted by cfrazier77 (Post 3724173)
I made a cleaner separate from my chiller. I did not think about using the chiller, but now after the fact I don't think that I would do anything different. This really works well with a 1.2 HP trash pump.

So that spray ball works well with a 1.2HP trash pump? Got any more specs on the pump? I have the ball and so far haven't found a pump that will push hard enough to spin it. It might just be cheaper for me to buy the smaller plastic spray ball.

cfrazier77 02-16-2012 01:07 AM

It works very well, you can hear it spinning. I bought it off of ebay for about $70. I believe that it was labeled 900 watts.

Lennie 02-16-2012 12:21 PM

Thanks I'll give ebay a look.

Edited to add: I didn't see anything over 1/2hp, not sure that would push the ball. Harbor Freight has sump pumps but those have low PSI cutoffs.

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