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Old 03-22-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default Ideas for Inline heated KEG washer

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+F 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?
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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some folks have done heat sticks in the bucket...1000 watt 120v element would proably be sufficient enough. I've found with just starting with a hot bucket of water i'm getting sufficient cleaning, the pump i've got runs warm so keeps it up to a pretty good temp. I just built mine recently...i'd thought about an element but it just doesn't seem needed at this time.

the rims is an interesting idea though, but to find a pump that can handle the heat, seems that money would be better spent elsewhere.
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the rims is an interesting idea though, but to find a pump that can handle the heat, seems that money would be better spent elsewhere.
Yes I agree, the pump I have is rated up to 180. I got it on ebay (two of them) for $40. March 802. So for me that is not much of an issue.

For me, when ever i am cleaning it seems that its 4 to 6 carboys and 4 to 6 kegs at once, the water does not stay hot the whole time.
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Would you think an aquarium heater would be sufficient to hold the temps?
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Would you think an aquarium heater would be sufficient to hold the temps?
The ones I have seen only go up to 95F, but if you where to bypass the thermostat That might work with a 300W heater.
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Just started a load of dishes in the dishwasher...What about a dishwasher drain pump?

I'd imagen they are food rated and have a heat tolerance up to 180. doing some 10^100ing I found this.

Not sure I trust this guys word on it though.
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