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Old 10-26-2012, 02:06 AM   #1
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Cleaning SUCKS! That's all I wanted to say 💩🍻

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:11 AM   #2
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:14 AM   #3
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Yup it's s the only part about brewing that I don't enjoy.

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:12 AM   #4
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The best thing to do is keep up with it as you go. Makes it easier at the end. I've got a good system down so that after I stick the airlock on, I only have to clean my stock pots and the stove.....

But those are pretty annoying as well!

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Old 10-29-2012, 09:32 AM   #5
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You need to find some friends that like beer. You invite them (or better yet they invite themselves) to brew day. Feed them beer and let them 'help'. Course....helping is cleaning up. If your friend is too smart for this and refuses to volunteer to clean.....get a new friend.

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Get your wife/girlfriend involve. Mine helps me a lot and mostly with cleaning.

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75% of good brewing is cleaning. It's the most important part of the process!

I wouldn't say I "enjoy" the cleaning, but at the end of the brew day, I put on some headphones and music, roll up my sleeves, and spend an hour or so scrubbing and rinsing everything. It's much better to do it the same day than to let everything harden and dry on, and try to come back days later and clean everything. Plus, it's rewarding to look around at the end of the day and see a fresh batch in the fermenter, and all your brewing gear sparkling clean, ready to brew again another day.

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75% of good brewing is cleaning. It's the most important part of the process!

I wouldn't say I "enjoy" the cleaning, but at the end of the brew day, I put on some headphones and music, roll up my sleeves, and spend an hour or so scrubbing and rinsing everything. It's much better to do it the same day than to let everything harden and dry on, and try to come back days later and clean everything. Plus, it's rewarding to look around at the end of the day and see a fresh batch in the fermenter, and all your brewing gear sparkling clean, ready to brew again another day.
This exactly what I do on brew day. I guess I was more referring to cleaning the fermenter. I'm always nervous my 6 gallon ale pale primary bucket will get a scratch, enhancing a bacteria breeding ground destination. What are things you guys use to avoid scratches?
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:16 PM   #9
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My next big project is not something I'm looking forward to - a complete brewing gear tear down, deep clean and re-assembly. Thanks to that last article in BYO, I realized that I should do this 2-3 times a year. I'm also pulling my burners, casters, pumps off and getting my stand powder coated which will be nice.

Mr. Clean magic eraser sponges are winners in my book.

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Old 10-29-2012, 03:31 PM   #10
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With my current keggles, cleaning isn't all that bad. Even pulling the spent grain out of the mash tun isn't that bad. Worst part is getting the insides of the keggles cleaned. Still, with the right stuff, it's not that bad. I do plan to set up a CIP system when I go to larger batches.

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