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Old 06-08-2008, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default How do you Clean your Immersion Chiller?

Last weekend I brewed a Huge Russian Imperial Stout. Needless to say, everything is Black. My main concern is my immersion Chiller. I have always just rinsed it after a use. Granted it has always had some Hop remnants on it, but nothing to sweat about. Well, my Chiller is Filthy now. I remember someone here saying something about a 5 gallon bucket and a certain solution dunking. Can anyone refresh my memory so I can get my Chiller back to Standards?

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Old 06-08-2008, 06:48 PM   #2
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Hot ass water. Star San will bring back the shine (get rid off any oxidation) on copper like magic.

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Palmer says white-distilled vinegar, CLR, PBW, and StarSan also does the job. Most of these can be found at your standard grocer.

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Hot ass water.
and OxyClean It will git rid of all your biologics and shine it up nice. Just dip it in a hot rinse to make sure you get any residue off.


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I've had luck clean the heavy stuff of in the sink with hot water and sticking it in the dishwasher on the antibacterial setting.

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+1 for white vinegar. mix with water(don't know exact ratio but it doesn't take much), heat it up and dunk it in, drink a homebrew while you watch the magic before your eyes.

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I would have to say, its never a good idea to let any organics cling to any of your brewing equipment.

We wash the outside of our chiller just as soon as the beer has been sealed in the fermenter. A rinse and a wash in soap and water followed by another rinse. No hops, no Irish moss, no nothing left on the chiller.

Why were you not cleaning off your chiller to begin with, may I ask?





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I would have to say, its never a good idea to let any organics cling to any of your brewing equipment.

We wash the outside of our chiller just as soon as the beer has been sealed in the fermenter. A rinse and a wash in soap and water followed by another rinse. No hops, no Irish moss, no nothing left on the chiller.

Why were you not cleaning off your chiller to begin with, may I ask?





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I have been cleaning off my chiller. Just not as thorough as I should have.
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I have a 5gal bucket I keep my immersion chiller in, and when I chill my wort I fill it with the first 5gal of cooling water (which is nice and hot). Then when I'm done using the chiller, I simply let it soak in the hot water while I deal with the wort and yeast. After that I remove it, give it a rinse and then use the hot water with some oxyclean to clean the rest of my brewing equipment.

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+1 star san. I use a prechiller bucket, so I use the water in a bucket + star san. Don't need to worry as much as getting the entire coil under the boil line then.

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