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Old 04-04-2012, 12:48 AM   #11
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:50 AM   #12
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Cleaning can be tough but like others said if you clean as you go its not that bad. I find it helps me kill time during the waiting steps (mash, boil, etc). If you aren't kegging, get a vinator. You rinse the bottle when they are emptied then do a quick clean with the vinator + starsan on bottling day. If you go to 22oz bottles you only need to wash a couple dozen and with the vinator pre-rinsed clean method I spent about 30-45 minutes to bottle 5 gallons. What also helped me when I was still bottling was going to 3 gal carboy and 2.5 gallon batches. On bottling day I only cleaned 12 22 oz bottles. Since then I've graduated to kegging and am back to 5gal batches. Find ways to stream line your cleaning!

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:55 AM   #13
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+1 to cleaning as you go from this guy also. None of my equipment sits dirty for more than an hour during a brew day. Typically, as soon as possible, I just rinse everything with hot water and store it so it can drain (racking tubing, cane, spoin, etc gets a quick dip in starsan prior to getting put away). I find that most of the time a quick rinse is all it takes then put the items up for the next brew day. I also find that a little preperation the day/night before significantly helps speed up my brewday, including the cleaning process.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:56 AM   #14
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This is why I only brew 15.5gal batches now. Or I say to hell with sanitation and hope for the best.

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:58 AM   #15
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For the tubes, try soaking in an Oxyclean solution. I do that with my fermenting buckets and bottling bucket. They are usually a littlle stained after use so I fill it up to the stain mark with the solution and let it sit for a few days. They turn out white as can be.

The best part is that if you forget about it or can't get to it then you just leave it and get to it when you can.

You can also rinse whatever small stuff you have and throw it in to the bucket to soak. Rinse and be done with it.

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:58 AM   #16
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Clean as you go for sure. I cannot brew indoors because of space constraints, so I can feel your small kitchen pain. Oxyclean is a life saver too. 1TB/gallon will make short work of anything.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:00 AM   #17
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This is why I only brew 15.5gal batches now. Or I say to hell with sanitation and hope for the best.
I guess I spend too much per batch on ingredients to use the "fu€k it" approach to sanitation, but that Is just my 2 cents... Again, make your star san solution (for me 1 gallon at a time) in your bottling bucket the night before and sanitize all the gear that night, then leave it in the bucket until the next day (brewday) and re-sanitize right before you use it. Then use it, give it a quick rinse, re-sanitize and let it dry. Done.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:02 AM   #18
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Keg! Also Pumps! We clean as we go. Simply switch pumps and clean up is a snap.

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:28 PM   #19
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I guess I spend too much per batch on ingredients to use the "fu€k it" approach to sanitation, but that Is just my 2 cents... Again, make your star san solution (for me 1 gallon at a time) in your bottling bucket the night before and sanitize all the gear that night, then leave it in the bucket until the next day (brewday) and re-sanitize right before you use it. Then use it, give it a quick rinse, re-sanitize and let it dry. Done.
Star San only requires a 2 minute contact time. Leaving materials, especially softer ones like vinyl tubing, overnight can start to break down the material. You also only need to sanitize once.

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:33 PM   #20
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I have started cleaning as I brewed, but it was harder when I first started because I wasn't as prepared for the brew day as I usually am now. Being prepared means I don't have as much to do during the brew (looking up charts, preparing ingredients, measuring water, etc.) and I can spend that time putting things away that I'm done with and washing things I've used.

You may just need to be better prepared before brewing.

Also, there may be a couple of simple upgrades that could help as some others have posted. Anything that ruins the brew day should be eliminated from your process IMO.

 
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