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Old 08-09-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Got a pair of the Brewer's Hardware Fermentation caps for Sanke kegs. LOVE the craftsmanship.

How do you guys and gals go about cleaning the inside of a Un-Cut Sake AFTER fermentation?

The item I have without Thermowell

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1.Rinse until water runs clear
2.add hot oxyclean. Soak overnight.
3. Rinse out oxyclean
4. Add a couple gallons of water, boil for a few minutes. I tend to leave the remaining water in and cover with foil - ready for next use.
5. On brewday, add a few gallons of water and boil. Cover with foil, let cool, dump water then you're ready for wort.

Boiling twice probably isn't all that necessary (almost as necessary as posting two threads with identical posts...) but it assures me that nothing'll be growing while the fermenter is empty.

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1.Rinse until water runs clear
2.add hot oxyclean. Soak overnight.
3. Rinse out oxyclean
4. Add a couple gallons of water, boil for a few minutes. I tend to leave the remaining water in and cover with foil - ready for next use.
5. On brewday, add a few gallons of water and boil. Cover with foil, let cool, dump water then you're ready for wort.

Boiling twice probably isn't all that necessary (almost as necessary as posting two threads with identical posts...) but it assures me that nothing'll be growing while the fermenter is empty.
Point well taken. I just could not decide if this was a DIY or a fermentation or a sanitary issue.

So OxyClean wont hurt the stainless?
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Very similar to Curtis, except I only boil once and use PBW for cleaning. I think one of the key things is to clean the keg as soon as you've kegged/bottled your beer so that the majority of the sludge comes out easily. Assuming you're doing 10G batches, if you clean right away, then the lower 2/3 of the keg is then rinsed clean without anything dried/stuck to it. When I use the PBW, I mostly soak the keg upside down (put the spear back in temporarily). This gets any of the dried stuff inside the top domed area.

On brew day, I boil about 5 gallons of water in it while I'm mashing.

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  1. Recirculate ~160F PBW through a CIP spray nozzle for ~15 minutes.
  2. Rinse with ~120F water.
  3. Rinse with quat sanitizer solution and cap (store wet).
  4. On brew day, rinse with starsan.
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  1. Recirculate ~160F PBW through a CIP spray nozzle for ~15 minutes.
Any links to said nozzle? Is this one of the ones that you need a high pressure pump with?
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I'm using a 15 gallon corny type keg so it's a bit different. I have greater visibility being one of the advantages. I fill the keg with hot tap water and generic oxy, leave to soak overnight and then drain and rinse with garden hose. Pretty much done until brew day when I roll it around on the floor with a gallon of sanitizer inside of it.

I don't get the need for boiling.

If you attack the cleaning right after getting the beer out, it really cleans easily.

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I'm using a 15 gallon corny type keg so it's a bit different. I have greater visibility being one of the advantages. I fill the keg with hot tap water and generic oxy, leave to soak overnight and then drain and rinse with garden hose. Pretty much done until brew day when I roll it around on the floor with a gallon of sanitizer inside of it.

I don't get the need for boiling.

If you attack the cleaning right after getting the beer out, it really cleans easily.
Where can you get the 15 gal corny's, can you show a pic?
thats what I want, to be able to reach in and scrub, if needed.
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Any links to said nozzle? Is this one of the ones that you need a high pressure pump with?
CIP Spray Nozzle

Not need for a high pressure pump. A standard March pump will produce a ~5ft spray pattern.
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