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Old 04-07-2011, 10:01 PM   #1
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I'm interested in how others are cleaning their electric brew rigs after they brew. I ask because I feel as though my current cleaning procedure is very lengthy. Here's what I do:

• While the boil is going on dispose of the spent grains and give a quick rinse to the mash tun
• I use an immersion chiller in the BK so my "first runnings" from the chiller water go directly into the mash tun (10-gal) and then the next "runnings" I place in the HLT (10-gal). This leave me with 20-gal of 100-deg water to clean with
• After the kettle empties, I pump my warm water from the mash tun into the BK and apply OxiClean
• I recycle the OxiClean water in the BK for 5-10 min.
• I dump that water and pump the fresh water from the HLT into the BK and rinse with that

Is that really all I can do? It's not exactly as quick as it sounds.

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Old 04-07-2011, 10:49 PM   #2
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I'm interested in how others are cleaning their electric brew rigs after they brew. I ask because I feel as though my current cleaning procedure is very lengthy. Here's what I do:

• While the boil is going on dispose of the spent grains and give a quick rinse to the mash tun
• I use an immersion chiller in the BK so my "first runnings" from the chiller water go directly into the mash tun (10-gal) and then the next "runnings" I place in the HLT (10-gal). This leave me with 20-gal of 100-deg water to clean with
• After the kettle empties, I pump my warm water from the mash tun into the BK and apply OxiClean
• I recycle the OxiClean water in the BK for 5-10 min.
• I dump that water and pump the fresh water from the HLT into the BK and rinse with that

Is that really all I can do? It's not exactly as quick as it sounds.
yeah, that sounds about right. Good plan
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:04 AM   #3
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While your boil is going you have cleaned everything but the BK. Can't really get much faster than that. Sounds like 15 minutes after being empty you are finished. I wish I could get done that fast.

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:53 AM   #4
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What about if my kettles are aluminum?

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Old 04-08-2011, 01:06 PM   #5
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Yeah. Maybe I'm just being impatient.

@magnj
Uh oh. My kettles are aluminum also. Am I not to use OxiClean on them?

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Old 04-08-2011, 01:18 PM   #6
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Yeah. Maybe I'm just being impatient.

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Uh oh. My kettles are aluminum also. Am I not to use OxiClean on them?
Ummm, yeah no oxygen or acid based cleaners on Aluminum. Just some elbow grease! BUT, if it works for you who am I to argue...
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Well, the good news is that the Oxy recirculates for a short time and never soaks. I'm going to boil some water in my kettle just to be safe. Any recommendation for a replacement cleaner? PBW perhaps? I guess I could use mild dish soap, too.

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Yea kinda sucks cause I love oxyclean but I'm hoping some hot soapy water will be enough.

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PBW is oxygen based as well.

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Old 04-08-2011, 01:53 PM   #10
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I could probably forgo the entire recirc/CIP process on the kettle, however, I feel the need to clean my pump and hose lines. I wonder how soap residue would play in there?

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