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harpo 09-13-2010 03:44 PM

Just got mine 80% complete...
 
5 Attachment(s)

I have been wanting to do this for a while. I have been brewing 10G batches for over a year, and using Sanke kegs for fermentation. While I have modified 2 of my Sanke kegs to

go from this:------------------------------------------------------To this:
Attachment 17181Attachment 17182
For easier cleaning, I still wanted to be able to wash in a way that utilized a barrel cleaning nozzle from St.Pats to really get the hard to reach areas free of krausen.
Attachment 17183

So I got a 55 gallon drum, a clear water pump from Harbor Freight, some bulkhead fittings and reused the top of an old turkey fryer stand with the burner removed. I attached the barrel cleaning nozzle to the end of the wand that St.Pats sells for the nozzle, attached it to a quicky stainless bracket and have been washing kegs upside down with 130° water mixed with PBW for the past week. I washed my brew kegs (MLT, HLT, & BK) last weekend during brew day, and washed out two fermenters and 4 corny kegs this past Sunday.
Attachment 17184
Attachment 17185
It is a monster. It does a pretty good job, but it still requires that you lift up the keg a bit to get the lower (Upper when keg is right side up) bits and areas, but it does a pretty good job. You can set it and forget it. If the stuff isn't baked on from getting lazy and not addressing the krausen right away, it will clean the keg in about 10 minutes.

Future plans are to build in a heating element through the wall of the 55G drum to keep the water at a constant 130°-140° temp. To empty, I pull off the goes-inta hose to the drum and let it run into a bucket to dump down the appropriate drain. It runs beautifully on 12-15 gallons of wash water. Thanks HBT for some of the inspiration!


harpo 09-13-2010 03:44 PM

Just got mine 80% complete...
 
5 Attachment(s)

I have been wanting to do this for a while. I have been brewing 10G batches for over a year, and using Sanke kegs for fermentation. While I have modified 2 of my Sanke kegs to

go from this:------------------------------------------------------To this:
Attachment 17181Attachment 17182
For easier cleaning, I still wanted to be able to wash in a way that utilized a barrel cleaning nozzle from St.Pats to really get the hard to reach areas free of krausen.
Attachment 17183

So I got a 55 gallon drum, a clear water pump from Harbor Freight, some bulkhead fittings and reused the top of an old turkey fryer stand with the burner removed. I attached the barrel cleaning nozzle to the end of the wand that St.Pats sells for the nozzle, attached it to a quicky stainless bracket and have been washing kegs upside down with 130° water mixed with PBW for the past week. I washed my brew kegs (MLT, HLT, & BK) last weekend during brew day, and washed out two fermenters and 4 corny kegs this past Sunday.
Attachment 17184
Attachment 17185
It is a monster. It does a pretty good job, but it still requires that you lift up the keg a bit to get the lower (Upper when keg is right side up) bits and areas, but it does a pretty good job. You can set it and forget it. If the stuff isn't baked on from getting lazy and not addressing the krausen right away, it will clean the keg in about 10 minutes.

Future plans are to build in a heating element through the wall of the 55G drum to keep the water at a constant 130°-140° temp. To empty, I pull off the goes-inta hose to the drum and let it run into a bucket to dump down the appropriate drain. It runs beautifully on 12-15 gallons of wash water. Thanks HBT for some of the inspiration!


harpo 09-13-2010 03:44 PM

Just got mine 80% complete...
 
5 Attachment(s)

I have been wanting to do this for a while. I have been brewing 10G batches for over a year, and using Sanke kegs for fermentation. While I have modified 2 of my Sanke kegs to

go from this:------------------------------------------------------To this:
Attachment 17181Attachment 17182
For easier cleaning, I still wanted to be able to wash in a way that utilized a barrel cleaning nozzle from St.Pats to really get the hard to reach areas free of krausen.
Attachment 17183

So I got a 55 gallon drum, a clear water pump from Harbor Freight, some bulkhead fittings and reused the top of an old turkey fryer stand with the burner removed. I attached the barrel cleaning nozzle to the end of the wand that St.Pats sells for the nozzle, attached it to a quicky stainless bracket and have been washing kegs upside down with 130° water mixed with PBW for the past week. I washed my brew kegs (MLT, HLT, & BK) last weekend during brew day, and washed out two fermenters and 4 corny kegs this past Sunday.
Attachment 17184
Attachment 17185
It is a monster. It does a pretty good job, but it still requires that you lift up the keg a bit to get the lower (Upper when keg is right side up) bits and areas, but it does a pretty good job. You can set it and forget it. If the stuff isn't baked on from getting lazy and not addressing the krausen right away, it will clean the keg in about 10 minutes.

Future plans are to build in a heating element through the wall of the 55G drum to keep the water at a constant 130°-140° temp. To empty, I pull off the goes-inta hose to the drum and let it run into a bucket to dump down the appropriate drain. It runs beautifully on 12-15 gallons of wash water. Thanks HBT for some of the inspiration!


harpo 09-13-2010 03:44 PM

Just got mine 80% complete...
 
5 Attachment(s)

I have been wanting to do this for a while. I have been brewing 10G batches for over a year, and using Sanke kegs for fermentation. While I have modified 2 of my Sanke kegs to

go from this:------------------------------------------------------To this:
Attachment 17181Attachment 17182
For easier cleaning, I still wanted to be able to wash in a way that utilized a barrel cleaning nozzle from St.Pats to really get the hard to reach areas free of krausen.
Attachment 17183

So I got a 55 gallon drum, a clear water pump from Harbor Freight, some bulkhead fittings and reused the top of an old turkey fryer stand with the burner removed. I attached the barrel cleaning nozzle to the end of the wand that St.Pats sells for the nozzle, attached it to a quicky stainless bracket and have been washing kegs upside down with 130° water mixed with PBW for the past week. I washed my brew kegs (MLT, HLT, & BK) last weekend during brew day, and washed out two fermenters and 4 corny kegs this past Sunday.
Attachment 17184
Attachment 17185
It is a monster. It does a pretty good job, but it still requires that you lift up the keg a bit to get the lower (Upper when keg is right side up) bits and areas, but it does a pretty good job. You can set it and forget it. If the stuff isn't baked on from getting lazy and not addressing the krausen right away, it will clean the keg in about 10 minutes.

Future plans are to build in a heating element through the wall of the 55G drum to keep the water at a constant 130°-140° temp. To empty, I pull off the goes-inta hose to the drum and let it run into a bucket to dump down the appropriate drain. It runs beautifully on 12-15 gallons of wash water. Thanks HBT for some of the inspiration!


harpo 09-13-2010 03:44 PM

Just got mine 80% complete...
 
5 Attachment(s)

I have been wanting to do this for a while. I have been brewing 10G batches for over a year, and using Sanke kegs for fermentation. While I have modified 2 of my Sanke kegs to

go from this:------------------------------------------------------To this:
Attachment 17181Attachment 17182
For easier cleaning, I still wanted to be able to wash in a way that utilized a barrel cleaning nozzle from St.Pats to really get the hard to reach areas free of krausen.
Attachment 17183

So I got a 55 gallon drum, a clear water pump from Harbor Freight, some bulkhead fittings and reused the top of an old turkey fryer stand with the burner removed. I attached the barrel cleaning nozzle to the end of the wand that St.Pats sells for the nozzle, attached it to a quicky stainless bracket and have been washing kegs upside down with 130° water mixed with PBW for the past week. I washed my brew kegs (MLT, HLT, & BK) last weekend during brew day, and washed out two fermenters and 4 corny kegs this past Sunday.
Attachment 17184
Attachment 17185
It is a monster. It does a pretty good job, but it still requires that you lift up the keg a bit to get the lower (Upper when keg is right side up) bits and areas, but it does a pretty good job. You can set it and forget it. If the stuff isn't baked on from getting lazy and not addressing the krausen right away, it will clean the keg in about 10 minutes.

Future plans are to build in a heating element through the wall of the 55G drum to keep the water at a constant 130°-140° temp. To empty, I pull off the goes-inta hose to the drum and let it run into a bucket to dump down the appropriate drain. It runs beautifully on 12-15 gallons of wash water. Thanks HBT for some of the inspiration!



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