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Old 10-05-2009, 01:02 AM   #1
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Here are some pics of my newly built carboy/keg cleaner. All parts were found at the Home Depot except for two swivel nuts and the keg connections. Hot water and PBW run through the PVC and through the lines into the keg connections with the use of the submersible pump.





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Old 10-15-2009, 05:26 PM   #2
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Not one comment? Does this look stupid or something? It has made cleaning so much better!
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:37 PM   #3
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have you successfully used it?
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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Oh yah. I have cleaned a carboy and 4 kegs with it. I bought the kegs used and they smelled like soda. After 20 minutes of using the cleaner...no smell. It is the best thing I have ever built.
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:54 PM   #5
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There was a write up on this same exact setup on wortomatic.com

Its very cool... I clean my kegs the old fashion way but this is certainly one of the ways I should be doing it...

 
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:48 PM   #6
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How much did the pump cost?
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:54 PM   #7
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I think it was $45 on amazon.com. I now use it for the cleaner and recirculating ice water during wort cooling. Well worth it.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:03 PM   #8
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Good build. I made one very similar to it. I set mine in a bucket and run through hot PBW. I have cleaned about 15 kegs and a couple of carboys. For the kegs it works great. 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.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:20 PM   #9
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I have something similar, use a sump pump from harbor freight, works like a champ. Thinking about adding the Tee like you have to clean the In and Out posts, currently I just take the posts off and throw them in the bucket.

 
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:55 PM   #10
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Good build. I made one very similar to it. I set mine in a bucket and run through hot PBW. I have cleaned about 15 kegs and a couple of carboys. For the kegs it works great. 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.
Do you think that's because air can't get in (at least not easily) while the liquid is draining out? Have you tried, for example, putting a racking cane in the carboy so air can get in without disturbing the draining?
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