OK, this is embarrassing. I wanted to reduce my time cleaning so I designed a new brewery based on lots of expensive Tri-Clover ported 1" OD bling that I assumed could be cleaned in-place by twiddling valves and pressing buttons. Apparently I am wrong about that. I was recently told that even 24/7 operations disassemble their TC plumbing for cleaning after every single batch.
After investing all this time and money, my system is almost complete. I'm very proud of the design, but I went way over budget and so I'm just praying that I actually get some time savings out of all of this. So here's my question:
How risky is it to leave TC components connected for many brew sessions? After each brew, I plan on cleaning with a schedule something like this:
- send hot PBW solution through every component at high pressure/velocity, in both directions, for several minutes.
- rinse with boiling water, then maybe with cold water
- rinse with star san
- open all drain valves (every low point in the plumbing will have a drain valve to air)
Most of my components are TC, but I was unable to avoid threaded connections in my pump inlets and outlets, and on my plate chiller (Therminator). Everything is stainless steel (mostly 304) except for the glass-filled Ryton pump heads, the copper plates in the Therminator, and the silicone hoses connecting the hard-plumbing to the brewing vessels.
Does anyone out there leave their TC plumbing assembled for multiple brews?