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Old 12-13-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Default How do you clean your mash tun?

Making the jump to all grain I didn't ever think about all the new equipment I'd have to clean. The trickiest to clean being the mash tun. I do multiple rinses and hold it upside down to spray clean. It seems like too much work. Is there a better way anyone else cleans this out? Btw I'm using a SS false bottom in a 10 gallon beverage cooler

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Old 12-13-2012, 10:53 AM   #2
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Rinse it with the hot water from the IC. Can't get any easier.

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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My mashtun is a cooler with a braid. I walk mine out to our compost bins and empty it there. In the summer, I rinse it with the outdoor house. In the winter I rinse it in our utility sink. In either case, after rinsing I fill it with warm water and a little pbw, give it a quick scrub with a wash cloth. Rinse it out, including the spigit.

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I clean everything in place so I vacuum out the grain and use a hose to spray the mash tun down and suck the water out with any remaining loose grain.

Then I run 180F water wth some Oxyclean back through the manifold to clean the inside and push out and grain that was stuck in there that was not flushed out. I only do that once every 2-3 brew sessions.

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:36 AM   #5
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I'm making 25 gallon batches so I use a shop vac for the grain and rinse it until its clean.

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I first rinse 3-4 times then recirculate hot water to clean pump and mlt

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So, cleaning a ten gallon cooler MLT is a major issue now?

Someone's over-thinking here...

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I use a cooler with a ball valve but use a bag instead of a braid. It makes clean up wicked easy. A little pbw, a soft sponge and rinse in the tub and it's ready to go again.

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Old 12-13-2012, 01:39 PM   #9
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I wash my cooler as soon as the boil is going. I use water. I dump the grain in the compost bin/rat-feeding station. Then I rinse out the cooler with water. Then I'm done.

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I wash my cooler as soon as the boil is going. I use water. I dump the grain in the compost bin/rat-feeding station. Then I rinse out the cooler with water. Then I'm done.
This is basically what I do as well. Instead of a compost bin I use the canyon right next to my house. Every now and then I will soak the cooler in oxy and rinse. Not trying to be rude but it's honestly not that bad at all. Brewing is a long process with a lot of steps, none of which are hard though.
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