Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Cleaners (keg, carboy, lines, etc) > Use pump with garden hose sprayer?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-29-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
JJWP
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Posts: 85
Default Use pump with garden hose sprayer?

So I'm looking for an easy way to clean out my keggles after a brew day. I live in an apartment so I don't have an outside hose hookup or anything like that. Currently my best option is to drag the kegs inside and try to spray them out in my bath tub. This is a real PITA and the wife is not a big fan either.

I was thinking: is there any reason I couldn't attach a hose with a standard garden sprayer nozzle at one end to the outlet of one of my pumps (i have two Iwakis, an MD30 and an MD40)? The idea would be that I would fill an empty keggle and heat it up some PBW water - or just plain water - on my brew stand. Then i would pump to the sprayer attached to a hose on the outlet side of the pump. I would leave the outlet side ball valve wide open and use the spray nozzle to hose down anything that needed it?

Would there be enough pressure generated by the pump to create a good spray? The iwakis are rated to a ridiculously high gallons per minute I believe..


Any reasons that this wouldn't work? Dangers to the pump due to restricting flow in this manner?

Thanks


JJWP is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 03:11 PM   #2
kpr121
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kpr121's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 3,115
Liked 122 Times on 106 Posts
Likes Given: 162

Default

They also sell adapters that go from garden hose to your kitchen (or bathroom) sink faucet.

As long as the wife is okay with a hose running through the apartment, that would be the simplest way I can think of.

I dont know much about those pumps, but I would imagine it would work.


__________________
Ferm Chamber on top of Keezer / Through Wall / All in One Build


Primary: Two Hearted Clone[B]
Secondary: Table Red Wine, Table White Wine
Kegged:Oberon Clone, "Campfire" Hoppy Red Ale, Brown Trout Stout, Cider
Bottled: Random stuff(Cider, Mead, Wines)
Bulk Aging: Red wine, Blueberry "Brandy"
Up Next: Citra Blonde, Kolsch, IPA, IPA, IPA
kpr121 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 03:20 PM   #3
Catt22
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 5,000
Liked 63 Times on 59 Posts
Likes Given: 51

Default

I don't know the specs on those pumps, but I doubt that any of them could provide enough pressure for that type of application. If I were you, I would clean the kegs outside. You don't need a lot of pressure really. Mostly you want to be able to rinse well. I would find a way to get water outside through a window or something. A garden hose adapter on a sink faucet is a good idea or tap into the line under the sink. Be careful with the keg in a bathtub. I could see it damaging the tub if it's porcelain or anything similar. I'd put a rubber mat in the tub to protect it if you must use the tub. It can be a major challenge to brew in an apartment situation. Oh yeah, have you looked to see if the building has any outside faucets? That would be my first option even if you have to bribe the maintenance guy. Ply him with some home brew if necessary.
Catt22 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 03:27 PM   #4
JJWP
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Posts: 85
Default

thanks for the replies guys. the building is a 100 yr old chicago 3 flat - no outside water hookups.

I do have a faucet adapter and had considered just doing that (or hooking up to my hot water heater drain in the storage room) but bc of the way my place is laid out id either need 100 feet of hose to get outside or I'd have to run the hose right by my flat screen tv, computer equipment, etc which makes me nervous.

I think ill give it a try with my spare pump and we will see what happens - I think at worst it just doesn't get a good high pressure spray...
JJWP is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 05:46 PM   #5
audger
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: ., Connecticut
Posts: 1,497
Liked 40 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
I think at worst it just doesn't get a good high pressure spray...
if they are direct drive pumps, the worst that will happen is you burn out the pump with the restriction of the sprayer. you can only restrict magnetic drive pumps, like the march 809, in this way without burning them out.


audger is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
attaching a pur water filter to a garden hose SHOOK Other 20 02-20-2011 02:17 AM
Need some hose help... timmystank Kettles, Mash Tuns, & Hot Liquor Tanks 3 06-02-2010 01:58 PM
custom length garden hoses? Brooklyn-Brewtality Chillers and Stir Plates 4 09-10-2009 11:31 AM
Pipe thread on garden hose? kerklein2 Chillers and Stir Plates 11 03-12-2009 11:52 PM
2 1/2 gallon keg from garden sprayer casebrew Kegerators and Keezers 5 10-03-2006 03:46 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS