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Old 07-25-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Default Any sloppy brewers out there?

I gotta tell you....I am a sloppy brewer. I clean the least amount as possible. My equipment does not look pretty. I drink too much when I brew so I'm sure my recipes are always different.

Comparing my stuff and cleanliness to other people i know that brew is like night and day. All their equipment is pristine, clean, and always professional. I'm embarrassed to even show them my equipment.

BUT!...............my beer taste great and it's not just me saying it. So I don't care.

Any other half ass brewers out there?


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Old 07-25-2012, 11:12 PM   #2
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I'm not super sloppy but I definately hate cleaning dirty carboys


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Old 07-25-2012, 11:13 PM   #3
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I have been known to plead the 5th on occasion. But it all gets cleaned eventually...
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Well, clean is a relative term. I don't have **** growing on/in my equipment, but it is by no means pristine. But everything gets rinsed and scrubbed before I put it away. SWMBO would have my ass if it were any other way.
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Meh, if you love your beer, who cares about the condition of the equipment?

I have a ton of beerstone on my boil kettle. It used to come off easily with a CIP alkaline wash followed by a good rinse followed by an acid wash followed by a rinse. It stayed shiny for at least a month, then I'd do it again. Now, it's like "oh, f*** it".
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:38 PM   #7
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I clean the boil keggle maybe twice a year using red devil lye and a toilet brush, works well. the mash tun (keg) I rinse out but haven't cleaned it in 4 years. the HLT has been in use for 7 years and I never cleaned it. The other brew junk, immersion chiller. paddle, hoses, etc are rinsed with the hose and and sanitized before use (if necessary). I clean the better bottles with the pressure washer.


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I'd like to personally thank the "I don't care about cleanliness" d-bag who showed up at my club's Big Brew day in March at one of our local breweries. Dipping the fill tube into his filthy carboy ended up spreading an infection to a couple of dozen other members (including me) and completely effing up their brew systems.

By the time I discovered and eliminated it, a brewing friend and I lost at least 50 gallons of beer. In the whole club, hundreds of gallons lost.

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I'd like to think anyone, regardless of their personal cleanliness habits, wouldn't bring that attitude to a collaborative function. What an a-hole that person is.


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