I need ideas for a heated keg/carboy washer.
I've been kicking this around in my head for a while after building my electric brewery.From that build I have some extra parts I can use. The idea is to make a two bucket washing station, one side for PBW, and one for Star-San.I would like to add heating elements so I can maintain the cleaning solutions at 150+ºF during a cleaning cycle.
I have a two head march pump that I scored on ebay a long time ago, so I have that too. I also have two Analog temperature controllers rated to 20A, so each one could handel a 1200W 120VAC element easy.
I'm kinda stuck on how to build the heaters though, I want to build basically two RIMS tubes. I priced out how much it would be to make two stainless tubes to house the heating elements and I have it to ~$50 a tube. I was looking in to CPVC to see if it would be cheeper but I was still at about 35 a tube. PVC I really would not trust at temps over 140, and copper is +60.
The other alternative would be to mount the elements into the buckets, but i've put elements in coolers before and It is a little sketchy, so I'd prefer not to do that.
Any one have any good...or bad ideas?