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Old 10-23-2009, 04:54 PM   #11
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Nice Brewme, it sure makes things easier... I actually don't mind cleaning kegs/carboys now that I've built my own washer.

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...On carboys it pumps fluid in faster than it can drain out so I have to shut off the pump periodically to allow the carboy to drain.
I had the same problem until I changed the nozzle from 3/4" PVC to 1/2" copper. Now I can let the pump run and the carboy doesn't fill up because there's more room for drainage.



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Old 10-23-2009, 05:12 PM   #12
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I made a keg cleaner using similar pump. But what I have found is that if I am cleaning one keg it's easier to just fill with hot water & oxyclean and let it sit. I don't think the recirculating accomplished anything for me. I don't use carboys anymore but I can see the advantage of less handling those slippery devils. If I was going to clean many kegs then daisy chaining them together would be a time saver.

Nice build - that's half the fun of the hobby!

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Old 10-23-2009, 06:18 PM   #13
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I made a keg cleaner using similar pump. But what I have found is that if I am cleaning one keg it's easier to just fill with hot water & oxyclean and let it sit. I don't think the recirculating accomplished anything for me.
It seems to me that this requires fewer than 5 gallons of hot water & oxyclean...?
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:59 PM   #14
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I also made something similar. Mine is 100% PVC, and also has two valves. One valve goes to the keg QDs, and the other to the main stem (i.e., I can control with the valve how much water is going up into a carboy). Pump was cheap from harbor freight. Finding the PVC fittings was by far the most difficult part...

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