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Old 11-29-2006, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default How do you clean your wort chiller?

Looking for the easiest way to clean my new wort chiller. Since you put the chiller in the boiling wort 15-20 min. prior to cooling does it really matter that you clean and sanitize before every use, its probably good practice to do so, just looking to see what you guys/gals do.

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Old 11-29-2006, 12:38 PM   #2
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Save the hot water that comes out of the chiller then dunk the chiller in it with a little cleaner. Go pitch you yeast. Come back, give the chiller a rinse and put it away.

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Old 11-29-2006, 01:43 PM   #3
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I've found that for immersion chillers that a little vinegar soak will get them look brand-spankin' new; but you shouldn't need to do this very often. Orfy has a good suggestion and should keep your chiller looking nice.

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I'm with orfy, I do the same thing. The only part that really needs cleaning is towards the top where some of the hops will stick to the copper and dry. Have to lightly scrub them off. I also use that hot water for cleanup. To cool my wort to about 90 or 100, I only accumulate about 3 gallons of HOT water.

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If you have any verdigris on the chiller, it needs to be removed. For whatever reason, vinegar just don't work well on my chiller. If it has been too long between batches, I'll scrub it with a copper polish and rinse it a lot. Not letting hops dry on the coils is important.

As far as sanitizing, that isn't necessary. Just clean. You really don't want a bunch of copper oxide in your wort.

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Old 11-29-2006, 04:06 PM   #6
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I use oxyclean, any scum or debris just falls away by it's self after 20 minutes or so.

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That hot water coming off the wort is like free hot water. I dump the chiller water coming out hot into the primary bucket. Add one step and use that for cleaning/sanitizing pretty much all my equipment used for brewing and racking. Comes in really good for cleaning kegs and all the lines too.

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I clean mine after every use. Usually just scrub with a light dish soap and rinse off.

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I just spray mine down with hot water using the sprayer on the sink right after I take it out of the wort. It's still wet so nothing has a chance to stick to it and the hot water washes the sugary wort off.

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I too just spray mine down to get the loose residue off. It gets sanitized when I put it in the boil.

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