Originally Posted by weirdboy
Hang on a second. Let me just stop you right there. Why are you putting the lid on the BK?
Agreed, you don't want to do that.
I take my chiller off the front of my rig, and dump it from side to side when it just has the water in it. Get it so it all comes out, then put these on the two camlock male pieces that are screwed on permenantly:
Yeah, it's not bone dry, but again, I've had no problems. I have heard some fill it with sanitizer before putting on the caps. I suppose you can do that.
I have a single tier with pumps, and hook this guy up. when I hit 15 min to go in the boil, I open everything up and start pushing wort through this. Once my boil comes back up (because it will drop while this absorbs heat from the boil), I then set my timer again at 15 min and finish up the brew. The chiller is sterilized and ready to cool everything down.
I put on quick disconnects for the water, one from the hose in, and then bought a cheapo hose for the water out. Run that into my backyard. My chilling takes a little longer, as lately I've been chilling down inside the brew kettle and getting a whirlpool going. Then, once the kettle is down to temp, I hook up a hose off the ball valve and directly into my fermenter.
My cleaning procedure goes like this:
Once I'm done with the last beer of the day (I try to double/tripple up brew day), I take my leftover sparge water and transfer it to my MLT. I always go with 13 gal of sparge water, regardless of how much I actually need to sparge with. I am guaranteed leftover water that is already warm. If brewing another beer, I have a jump start on getting my strike water up to temp, if not I have warm/hot water to add PBW to in my MLT and recirulate on pump 1. I then refill the HLT with about 5 gal of cold hose water.
Once boil is done and BK is emptied, I transfer hot PBW (about 150-160ish degrees) from MLT to BK, and set it up so it recirculates through pump 2 and my plate chiller. Then I transfer cold clean water from HLT into MLT and set that to recirculate in MLT/pump 1. Once BK is clean, drain, then transfer rinse water into BK and set to recirculate through plate chiller and pump 2. Put dust caps on Pump 1. Finish rinse and drain, then dust caps on Plate Chiller and dust caps on Pump 2.
I typically recirculate PBW for about 10-20 min, depending on how soiled the BK is. I have to have the dust caps because my one car garage is not only a brewery, but a woodshop as well.